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Help Restore An Important Silent Film! Time is running out!

Colleen Moore James Whitcomb Riley

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#1 BelleLeGrand1


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Posted 16 September 2016 - 10:08 AM

Good news!  The goal has been exceeded; here's an update on the project:




Hope they can get things moving quickly now.  Time's a wastin'

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 11:02 PM

Historian and film preservationist Eric Grayson has been spearheading a massive Kickstarter campaign this month to restore, and score Colleen Moore's first Starring feature film. LITTLE ORPHANT' ANNIE (1918). Based on the famous James Whitcomb Riley poem, and the only film in which he himself actually appeared.


This film has only been available in incomplete poor quality dupes of dupes for decades with several scenes out of the proper order. Grayson has access to three prints from the LOC and it is like a jigsaw puzzle putting the best materials together, and in the proper sequence once again. Anyone who helps back this project with a donation of $25.00 or more will receive a free DVD and a postcard. For a $50.00 donation you will get a free Blu-ray edition once ready providing the goal is met. If the project does not fund you lose nothing so there are no risks involved.


Already over $6,000 has been pledged, but that leaves us well shy of the goal of $10,000 with just less then 9 full days remaining. If the specified goal is not reached no one's pledge will be charged. We could use your help. Time is running very short. If you are able to pledge and have not yet done so, please consider it. The film will be cleaned up frame by frame so this will be a top notch quality restoration with several professional involved in processing. It will be restored on both film and digital. Noted Silent film musician Ben Model has offered to score the picture. Colleen Moore Biographer Jeff Codori will provide an alternate commentary track on the DVD and Blu-ray editions.


Eric Grayson has put together a fascinating video concerning the pending project. I have linked that here, as well as a fascinating thread from Nitraville.com discussing the project. Your donation would be greatly appreciated. With your considerate help, maybe we can enjoy seeing this film on TCM sometime in the future. Thank You!









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