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WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Filmmaking Moving Image Archives has received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF).


The grant, $6,410, is for preservation work on the 16mm print of THE GOLDEN MIRROR, a film about the American Legion.


UNCSA is one of only 36 organizations in the nation to receive a grant from the NFPF earlier this month. 


“We received the grant because we have the only known surviving copy of this film,” said David Spencer, senior curator of the Moving Image Archives. “I spent three years searching the archives of the world, eventually making the determination that it is the only print remaining.”


THE GOLDEN MIRROR was produced by the North Carolina-based Walter J. Klein Company. The film features past National Commanders John Quinn of California, James Powers of Georgia and Donald E. Johnson of Iowa at the 50th Annual American Legion Convention in New Orleans in September of 1968. Together, they highlight the first half century in the life of the Legion and discuss its possible future. Most of the footage in THE GOLDEN MIRROR focuses on these previous commanders as they sit around a table describing the history of the Legion, and certain Legion causes on the home front.


Interspersed among their reminiscences are: footage of historical photos from the Legion; historical photos of U.S. presidents; planes taking off and landing on an aircraft carrier; Washington, D.C., monument sites; soldiers getting briefed, firing weapons, and marching, with some combat footage; and a weaponry montage with a destroyer, helicopter, and tank. The footage from the home front includes work with the Boy Scouts of America; parades with the American Legion marching band, color guard, and drum and bugle corps; veteran’s hospitals; and editorial work on the American Legion magazine.

The NFPF preservation grants target newsreels, silent-era films, documentaries, culturally important home movies, avant-garde films, and endangered independent productions that fall under the radar of commercial preservation programs. The awards provide support to create a film preservation master and two access copies of each work. Films saved through the NFPF programs are made available to the public for on-site research and are seen widely through screenings, exhibits, DVDs, television broadcasts, and the Internet.

Since created by Congress in 1996, the NFPF has provided preservation support to 232 institutions and saved more than 1,800 films and collections through grants and collaborative projects. The NFPF also publishes the award-winning Treasures from American Film Archives DVD series, which makes available rare films preserved by public and nonprofit archives that have not been commercially distributed. The NFPF receives federal money through the Library of Congress to distribute as grants but raises all operating and project funding from other sources.

For more information, visit: http://www.filmpreservation.org/about/PR-2011-06-15

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.