Academy Announces Partnership with Mary Pickford Foundation

The effort seeks to bring the work of silent film star Mary Pickford to a new generation.

The announced a partnership Tuesday with the Mary Pickford Foundation aimed at promoting Pickford's legacy and the silent film era through film-preservation efforts and silent movie screenings.

"We are thrilled that together with the Mary Pickford Foundation, we will bring the groundbreaking work of Mary Pickford and the pioneers of the silent film era to the attention of a new generation," Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said. "She was a founding member of the Academy as well as a film visionary, hands-on philanthropist, business leader and educator."

The foundation and Academy will hold an "Inside the Vaults" event Sept. 11 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study at the Pickford Center in Hollywood. The event will include tours of the center's vaults and a screening of the 1912 Pickford short The New York Hat and a restored print of 1920's The Mark of Zorro starring Douglas Fairbanks.

As part of the partnership, the foundation will work with the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library to bolster its collection of Pickford papers and photographs, and the library will digitize a selection of items in the Mary Pickford Collections. The Academy's Film Archive will preserve silent films and provide prints that will be shown at an annual screening event.

"We are particularly pleased to be collaborating on the annual Mary Pickford Celebration of Silent Films," foundation chairman and CEO Henry Stotsenberg said. "We are also looking forward to working with the Academy to share Mary's commitment to her craft and her community, and to enhancing the Academy's educational programs and vast permanent collection."

Tickets for the Sept. 11 "Inside the Vaults" tour are already sold out, according to the Academy.

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