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Media Note
September 15, 2000

Department of State Launches
"The American Film Preservation Showcase"
With Moscow Opening

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the launch of its film tour of Europe, "The American Film Preservation Showcase - A Millennium Celebration." The tour will open with a gala ceremony in Moscow September 16, 2000, and travel to nineteen other European capitals. The Showcase is a tribute to America's film heritage; the filmmakers and studios that created the films, and the archives and studios that are preserving and restoring them.

The Library of Congress, which has spearheaded many preservation efforts through the National Film Preservation Board and the National Film Registry, is a partner in the project. Major American film studios have provided films for the Showcase. The White House Millennium Council has designated the Showcase tour an official White House Millennium Program to highlight "the achievements that define us as a nation." Beyond demonstrating America's commitment to protecting its film treasures, "The American Film Preservation Showcase" salutes the preservation efforts of film archives and institutions in all countries that share the common goal of protecting cultural heritage.

"Movies and films of all kinds are an integral part of the cultural heritage of the United States, reflecting our history, our national character, our successes and failures - yet some of these wonderful films have disappeared and many more are in danger of the same fate," said Dr. William B. Bader, Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs. "The American Film Preservation Showcase" will encourage film preservation globally and highlight the measures already taken by many nations."

U.S. embassies in twenty European capitals will host screenings of restored American film classics for specially invited audiences at theaters and national film archives that are members of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). At each screening, an American classic will be shown, along with a restored film from the host country, and American film experts and archivists will host seminars and conferences on film restoration. The Showcase is comprised of two tours of ten countries each that will run concurrently through June 2001. Duplicate packages of thirteen U.S. feature films and two animated shorts will be shipped between the participating cities in each tour for non-commercial screenings. While Moscow is the kick-off point for one tour, the second tour opens in Amsterdam October 2.

The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, M-G-M Studios, Warner Bros. and Turner Entertainment Co. have generously contributed duplicate sets of new 35mm prints for the tours and provided other assistance.

Among those attending the opening ceremony in Moscow will be Roger L. Mayer, chairman of the National Film Preservation Foundation and President and CEO of Turner Entertainment Co. Grover Crisp, in charge of film restoration at Sony Pictures, will attend the Amsterdam opening.

The participating U.S. films are:

The Band Wagon (Warner Bros. and Turner Entertainment Co.)
Carmen Jones (Twentieth Century Fox)
Casablanca (Warner Bros.)
Chinatown (Paramount Pictures)
Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
On the Waterfront (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
The Philadelphia Story (Warner Bros. and Turner Entertainment Co.)
Raging Bull (M-G-M Studios)
The Searchers (Warner Bros.)
Shane (Paramount Pictures)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (The Walt Disney Company)
Some Like it Hot (M-G-M Studios)
Steamboat Willie (The Walt Disney Company)
Sunrise (Twentieth Century Fox)
What's Opera, Doc? (Warner Bros.)

"The American Film Preservation Showcase" was organized by the Cultural Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which also created brochures and posters to accompany the tour and will provide U.S. film experts to participate in seminars organized in conjunction with the screenings.

The Department of State is deeply grateful to all who have made "The American Film Preservation Showcase" possible and is particularly indebted to the participating American film studios, the Library of Congress, and FIAF member archives for their invaluable assistance.

For additional information or to arrange coverage, contact:

Catherine Stearns
Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Phone: (202) 619-5053
E-mail: cstearns@pd.state.gov
or
Susan Cohen
Film Liaison Officer
U.S. Department of State
Cultural Programs Division
Office of Citizen Exchanges
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Phone: (202) 619-5792
E-mail: scohen@pd.state.gov

The Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs fosters mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international educational and training programs. The bureau does so by promoting personal, professional, and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad, as well as by presenting U.S. history, society, art and culture in all of its diversity to overseas audiences.

"The American Film Preservation Showcase" Itinerary

TOUR ONE:

Moscow

September (16-25) 2000

Budapest

October 2000

Stockholm

November 2000

Oslo

December 2000

Copenhagen

January 2001

Prague

February 2001

Bratislava

March 2001

Ljubljana

April 2001

Sarajevo

May 2001

Riga

June 2001

TOUR TWO:

Amsterdam

October 2000

Brussels

November 2000

London

November 2000

Frankfurt

December 2000

Vienna

January 2001

Rome

February 2001

Helsinki

March 2001

Athens

April 2001

Istanbul

May 2001

Tirana

June 2001

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