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 TCM Classic Film Festival Coming Soon

   Taking place in Hollywood April 6-9, the annual TCM Classic Film Festival will start with a 50th anniversary screening of the Sidney Poiter and Rod Steiger classic, In the Heat of the Night (1967). Poitier will be in attendance, along with Producer Walter Mirisch and Director Norman Jewison, to discuss the making of the five-time AcademyAward winning film that is now considered to be a landmark. Actress Lee Grant and composer Quincy Jones will also be on hand to add to the discussion.
   The theme of this year's Festival is Make 'Em Laugh: Comedy in the Movies.

TCM announces Backlot, the ultimate fan club

     The new TCM fan club, Backlot, allows members to go behind the scenes, attend private gatherings, meet TCM talent and become part of the network. Members will also be able to influence programming and enjoy exclusive benefits only available to TCM Backlot members. In addition, the network plans to take members deeper than ever into the world of Hollywood, cinema, and the luminaries who created the greatest movies of all time.

  When you join TCM Backlot, you’ll be eligible to:
• Vote on programming and help shape the network 
• Go on the air as a Guest Programmer
• Attend special events and member-only gatherings
• Meet TCM staff, talent, and special guests
• Watch rare videos and first looks at original programming
• Go inside the history of TCM and Hollywood
• Access an exclusive digital version of the Now Playing Guide
• Preview TCM events, auctions, and upcoming guests
• Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the TCM studios
• Enjoy regular contests, discounts and giveaways
• Be featured in the Now Playing Guide

     For more information and to join, go to: https://join.tcmbacklot.com

Turner to launch new streaming movie service, FilmStruck

     Global media company Turner is launching the company's first direct-to-consumer product in the U.S. called FilmStruck. This brand new subscription video on-demand service for film aficionados, developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, will feature a comprehensive and constantly refreshed library of films comprised of an eclectic mix of contemporary and classic art house, indie, foreign and cult films. FilmStruck will also be the new exclusive streaming home for the critically acclaimed and award-winning Criterion Collection, which will include the Criterion Channel, a new premium service programmed and curated by the Criterion team. FilmStruck will allow viewers to watch movies anywhere and anytime on the device of their choice, in a completely ad-free environment, and is slated to launch in fall 2016.
     FilmStruck's impressive library will feature a deep roster of films from such celebrated indie studios as Janus Films, Flicker Alley, Icarus, Kino, Milestone and Zeitgeist, along with movies from Hollywood's major movie studios including Warner Bros. Among the hundreds of critically acclaimed and award-winning titles to be featured on FilmStruck are Seven Samurai, A Hard Day's Night, A Room With A View, Blood Simple, My Life As A Dog, Mad Max, Breaker Morant and The Player.
     For more information visit: http://www.filmstruck.com .

"Lost" American Silent Films To Be Preserved And Made Available in 2016
Through Dutch-American Collaboration for online viewing

     "The most important step in the preservation process is making films available to audiences,” said National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) Executive Director Jeff Lambert.
      The NFPF has announced that the next group of 30 films discovered at EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam have been slated for preservation in 2016 through a collaborative project organized by the San Francisco–based NFPF. These American silent films will be available for viewing online after their restoration.
      Among the titles are For the Defense (1922), a feature starring Za
Su Pitts as a suspected murderess; Glimpse of the Remington Factory (ca. 1926), an industrial following the production of a Remington typewriter from molten metal to its role in the office; travelogues from Yosemite; the flapper comedy The Reckless Age (1924) starring Reginald Denny; and more than 15 newsreel stories from the 1920s. Over the next year, these works will be preserved to 35mm film and made publicly available. Copies will also be given to EYE and streamed from the NFPF website. This will bring the number of films saved through this collaboration to 56. The NFPF continues to seek matching funds to complete the project.
      The titles were identified at EYE during two months of research funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The highly flammable nitrate prints were distributed in the Netherlands in the 1910s and 1920s and eventually made their way into the EYE collections. Many are tinted. All are thought to be unique or the best surviving source material reported anywhere in the world.
      Only a fraction of the American motion pictures created during the first decades of the movie industry still survive in the United States—probably fewer than 20%. Phenomenally popular, American silent films circulated around the world, and some titles that were discarded at home survive overseas as distribution prints salvaged by collectors. The Library of Congress has estimated that roughly one-third of complete American silent-era features that still exist are found only in archives abroad. About shorter films, even less is known.
      EYE Filmmuseum is home to one of Europe’s most extensive cinema collections.
      The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) is the nonprofit charitable affiliate of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. Since starting operations in 1997, the NFPF has helped save some 2,230 films. For more information, contact David Wells, wells@filmpreservation.org.