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2022 UCLA Festival of Preservation

John Garfield breaking into a safe.
May 20, 2022 -
May 22, 2022

“Time and again, no movie event in Los Angeles has excited me more than this one, and this latest iteration is no exception... The festival not only showcases the restoration of classic films to pristine condition, it delights in shining a light on hidden gems and unexpected corners of the cinematic universe.”—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.

This year’s UCLA Festival of Preservation marks the 20th showcase of the rich breadth of recent preservation work by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Spread over a weekend, the Festival brings together a fantastic mix of documentary, musical, newsreel, comedy, animation, noir and drama to the big screen. With 10 features, seven shorts and four television programs, ranging from classic Hollywood to themes of social justice, the Festival exemplifies the Archive’s dedication and passion for preserving and making accessible our moving image history.

You’ll notice the phrase “See the Bigger Picture” as a theme for this year’s Festival. We chose these four words because they encompass what we hope to share collaboratively—a view that art is deepened by being in a collective space. After two years of isolation from these shared spaces, we offer these tremendous programs as a place to gather for community, solace and connection.

I want to express the Archive’s deep gratitude to our supporters—individuals, foundations, companies and government agencies who have made this Festival possible. I also want to thank the anonymous donor whose generous gift has made free screenings possible this year. I draw your attention to the wonderful partnerships and supporters mentioned in this catalog who have brought forth projects and possibilities that we will experience over this weekend. Together, by preserving and showing our moving image heritage, we are witnesses to—and part of—history.

Finally, I want to thank the outstanding team of the Archive staff. There are over 200 years of experience amongst these dedicated individuals—they are resilient, innovative and professional. Every day, I am struck by the sheer gift of working with this team. And now, you have the opportunity to experience the fruits of their passion and labor.

Enjoy the Festival.

May Hong HaDuong
Director, UCLA Film & Television Archive

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