2011 Sundance Docs in Focus: THESE AMAZING SHADOWS

Next in Documentary Premieres is Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton’s THESE AMAZING SHADOWS, on the origins and preservation work of the National Film Registry.

Sundance Program Description:

From Dorothy’s entrance into Oz to the pizza delivery at Ridgemont High, cinematic moments take on iconic levels of meaning in a film lover’s life.
As the government-appointed protector of our cinematic legacy, the National Film Registry selects culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant works for preservation in the Library of Congress. From award-winning features to music videos, experimental films to home movies, each registry selection reflects a truth of its time or a standout artistic vision. Through interviews with registry board members, archivists, and notable filmmakers like John Singleton and John Waters, directors Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton demonstrate the way film documents artistic and societal milestones.

Guided by a true cinephile’s love of the medium and a treasure trove of archival footage, THESE AMAZING SHADOWS molds a cultural history from pieces of film, offering a microcosm of the work of the National Film Registry and making a powerful case for film preservation.

Some Background:
Producer/directors Mariano and Norton have worked together on a number of past documentary projects. Producer Christine O’Malley produced past Sundance films WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A., and was also Associate Producer of ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM.

Why You Should Watch:
A documentary about the National Film Registry is a natural for cinephiles. Beyond the generous amount of clips of Registry selections, perhaps the most interesting aspects of the project are the sequence of events that led to the NFR’s establishment, and the discussions with committee members about the kinds of films they have championed for one of the 25 yearly slots and why.

Screening Info:
For screening dates and times at Sundance, click the link in the first paragraph above. The film also has an official website and Facebook page to keep audiences updated on future screenings and other plans.

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