Four Kino Lorber Titles Added to Library of Congress National Film Registry
New York, NY - December 14, 2016 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce that four films distributed by the company have been named to the National Film Registry by the National Film Preservation Board. Each year, 25 films are selected by the National Film Preservation Foundation (under the leadership of the Library of Congress), that represent the breadth and diversity of American cinema, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving our film heritage
Among the films added in 2016 were Edwin S. Porter's Life of An American Fireman (1903, available in Kino Lorber's Edison: The Invention of the Movies box set), notable for its innovative film editing; D.W. Griffith's landmark gangster film The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912, available in Griffith Masterworks: The Biograph Shorts); Rev. Solomon Sir Jones Films, home movies from 1924-1928 that provide a document of African American communities in Oklahoma (excerpts of which are available in Pioneers of African-American Cinema, presented in cooperation with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Buster Keaton's classic 1928 comedy Steamboat Bill Jr., which Kino Lorber is releasing in a new restoration.
This new 2K DCP restoration of Steamboat Bill Jr., presented in association with Lobster Films and mastered from film elements preserved by the Library of Congress, is currently being released in repertory theatrical engagements.
The restoration will become available on Blu-ray in the first quarter of 2017, along with new restorations of other Keaton classics including The General (which was selected for the National Film Registry in 1989), College, and Three Ages, all of which are also available for repertory theatrical screenings from Kino Lorber.
Kino Lorber is proud to make these culturally significant films available theatrically and on home video, and to continue its commitment to film preservation by presenting them in new restorations.