The restoration and conservation of films involves artistry and science. This process requires significant amounts of time and expertise. When repairing and preserving old material, conservators will always consider how the original filmmaker intended the film to look and sound. Their goal is to restore or recreate the film to reflect its original disposition and to lengthen the life of the work. All films should reside in a cool, dry and stable environment.
4 New Bauhaus/Institute of Design Films
FACES AND FORTUNES, DISINTEGRATIONS LINE #1, DISINTEGRATION LINE #2, and ADAM’S FILM are early and stellar expressions of the midcentury Bauhaus influence in Chicago
LORD THING (1970) and THE CORNER (1963)
Two films that document the activities and social-political transformation of the Vice Lords, a black street gang from Chicago’s west side.
CARMEN (1928) & BOLERO (1928)
Two Ruth Page performances filmed at Ravinia in Highland Park, IL. Restored in 2012 thanks to grants from The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts
2 Films by Chuck Olin
In the summer of 2011, CFA received a grant from the NFPF to preserve two of our Chuck Olin titles – 8 FLAGS FOR 99 CENTS (1970) and A MATTER OF OPPORTUNITY (1968).
Mi Raza: Portrait of a Family
Mi Raza: Portrait of a Family is a documentary film about a working class Mexican-American family dealing with the stresses of maintaining their cultural heritage in the face of the dominant Anglo society.
The Urban Crisis and the New Militants Series
With the generous help of the National Film Preservation Foundation, Bill Cottle and Mike Gray, CFA was able to preserve The Urban Crisis and the New Militants, a seven-part educational series that powerfully captures the political upheaval that gripped Chicago in the late 1960s.
Morrison-Shearer Foundation film collection
CFA has begun stabilizing and preserving the Morrison-Shearer Foundation film collection. Sybil Shearer was a leading pioneer of modern dance and arguably one of the finest dancers of the 20th century.
A Pictorial Story of Hiawatha
In 2008, Chicago Film Archives partnered with Valparaiso University and Colorlab to preserve and research newly discovered nitrate film footage in Valparaiso’s Special Collections. This film was left to the university by one of its early graduates, Katharine Ertz-Bowden….
3 Films by Don B. Klugman
In 2007, the National Film Preservation Foundation awarded CFA funding to preserve three Don B. Klugman films: Nightsong, I’ve Got This Problem, and You’re Putting Me On. These three films exemplify Chicago Film Archives’ focus on the preservation of exemplary regional, amateur, and industrial cinema.
3 Short Films by Margaret Conneely
With help from the Women’s Film Preservation Fund, the Chicago Film Archives was able to preserve three significant and unheralded amateur works by Chicago filmmaker Margaret Conneely.