Of the more than a thousand films Alice Guy Blaché made, many have been lost or destroyed. Others went undiscovered for nearly a century and suffered decay and neglect. The Whitney’s exhibition offers viewers a rare lens into the alchemical work of film preservation. This special screening of three Guy Blaché films (A Fool and His Money, Mixed Pets, and Matrimony’s Speed Limit), which have been preserved with the aid of the Women’s Film Preservation Fund, highlights the unique and specialized role of preservation in reconstructing cinema’s past. Drake Stutesman (editor, Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media and co-chair of the Women’s Film Preservation Fund) will introduce the evening and moderate a conversation following the screening with Diana Little (preservationist, Cineric), Kim Tomadjoglou (preservationist and curator), and Mona Jimenez (cinema studies professor and associate director of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program). The films will have live musical accompaniment by Ben Model.
This program is free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6–9 pm. Advance reservations are recommended, as space is limited.