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Film is Fragile

By Ron Merk   I was recently sent a link to this amazing video made by Mill+ and the British Film Institute. No words, no narration, just images. Images we all know and [...]

October 26, 2015


By Ron Merk When I was a kid, when people talked about color movies, they used the word Technicolor. I remember one of my aunts saying they had just seen a new Technicolor [...]

January 5, 2015

When the Digital Dust Settles…

By Ron Merk Each year, I take a hard look at where the film business has gone, and where it appears to be going. For the past five or six years, its true condition has been [...]

January 4, 2015

Under the Lantern

By Ron Merk If you’ve never heard of director, Gerhard Lamprecht, then join the crowd. But thanks to the work of Martin Koerber and the Deutsche Kineathek, and this [...]

June 4, 2014

Tales from the Archives

By Ron Merk Each year The San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents a program at the Castro Theatre called “Tales from the Archives.” It is a free event to which the [...]

June 2, 2014

Preservation Project Partnerships

The Metro Theatre Center Foundation is committed to film preservation and saving the many millions of feet of film that are currently in danger of being lost due to lack of [...]

August 12, 2013

Preservation Project Partnerships

By Ron Merk While I may be preaching to the choir at Indieplex, I think it’s important to reach out to our colleagues in in the film community with an idea that I think [...]

July 28, 2013