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I restored this a few years ago and put it out on Blu-ray/DVD. It has more footage than has ever been seen and looks better than it's looked since 1926 (its last reissue). Sales have been dismal and few know I even did it. Since I'm now working on a new restoration, the part silent/part talkie The King of the Kongo (1929), I'd like to make sure I don't repeat the same mistakes. I'm turning to this community to help guide me in promoting and marketing this new restoration. I would like to keep doing these restorations, but I also need to break even on costs. I realize that silent films are a niche market and that even TCM see these titles as probably not worth airing (I offered them to Kanopy and was refused as well.) Some people, I realize, think that this particular film (Annie) is bad, but I don't think it is bad at all. In fact, I quite like it. I believe in doing restorations on things that no one else will tackle. I note that Annie has been out since late 2016 and has not even been reviewed here! That tells me something about my marketing skills! Any ideas you may have are welcome. Don't spare my feelings. If you need to be blunt, do so...
We're excited to announce that Universal's new digital restoration of KING OF JAZZ is nearing completion and will soon begin theatrical screenings around the world. In process for almost two years, Universal's thorough restoration utilizes the original camera negative and recently rediscovered film prints to reconstruct the film to its original glory. Stay tuned for more information on screening dates. Additionally, you may be interested to learn that David Pierce and I are now finishing up work on a new book on the making and restoration of KING OF JAZZ. This book, KING OF JAZZ: PAUL WHITEMAN'S TECHNICOLOR REVUE will be just as detailed, sumptuous, and full of never-before-seen images as our previous book, THE DAWN OF TECHNICOLOR. For more information please visit our Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/587220788/king-of-jazz-paul-whitemans-technicolor-revue You can also follow our progress on Facebook and Instagram.