East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Film Noir Foundation

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269811_300And so I went and blew twenty bucks and made a donation to the Film Noir Foundation.
These guys love noir movies as much as I do, and they are committed to the preservation of the old classics.

It is our mission to find and preserve films in danger of being lost or irreparably damaged, and to ensure that high quality prints of these classic films remain in circulation for theatrical exhibition to future generations.

Which is cool.

Now, living in the lost and wild hills of Southern Piedmont, much of what the Foundation does is beyond my reach – film festivals (ah, to be able to attend one of their Noir City events!), special screenings of restored films from the ’40s and ’50s. Even getting hold of their publications gets tricky.


But it was twenty bucks well spent anyway – not only I’m getting their fine e-magazine, called Noir City, but I’m feeling part of something good about one of my passions.
Sure, twenty bucks – roughly 15 euro – is really nothing.
I’m not changing the history of cinema or saving the noir genre single-handedly.
But it’s a start – I’ve been reading their website for ages, it was time to pay back.

And one of these nights, I’ll cash in some royalties, and get me a pair of their posters.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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