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2024 UCLA Festival of Preservation - UCLA student activist films’ restoration premieres: Chicana / Requiem-29

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Sunday, April 7, 2024, 2:35 p.m. PDT


Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024



Q&A with UCLA alumna, filmmaker Sylvia Morales and UCLA alumnus, producer Moctesuma Esparza, moderated by UCLA University Librarian Athena Jackson.

Chicana Los Angeles restoration premiere 

Requiem-29 Restoration world premiere



Now in its 21st edition, the biennial UCLA Festival of Preservation showcases the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s latest preservation and restoration projects on the big screen. From the silent film era to the Golden Age of Television to 1990s independent filmmaking, the diverse festival lineup features beloved classics and rarely seen titles ripe for rediscovery, along with special guests for introductions and conversations. The festival’s 10 feature films, four television programs and over a dozen shorts and newsreels reflect the breadth of moving image history in the Archive’s collections, which are the second largest in the U.S. after the Library of Congress.

The opening night will celebrate the 80th birthday of renowned writer-director Charles Burnett, who will be joined in conversation by film critic Elvis Mitchell before the West Coast restoration premiere of The Annihilation of Fish (1999). Following this unsung film will be the groundbreaking The Richard Pryor Special? (1977), featuring a dramatic soliloquy by poet and activist Maya Angelou.

"I am thrilled to present this year's festival, highlighting treasures of the past that bring an exciting mix of documentary, animation, music, comedy, and drama to the Wilder, including The Lighter Side of Hearst Newsreels: Innovations and Inventions (1932-1967) collection, and the provocative horror-tinged dramas presented in the Atomic Television program,” said May Hong HaDuong, director of the Archive. “It's a pleasure to host an event where audiences can come together to experience the enduring impact of film and television through the Archive's dedication to preserving and making accessible the history of moving images."

Among our collaborators that have made this festival possible are esteemed FIAF archives and funding partners, including the Academy Film Archive, ASIFA-Hollywood, The Film Foundation, Film Noir Foundation, Golden Globe Foundation, GRAMMY Foundation, Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, John H. Mitchell Preservation Endowment, Library of Congress, The Louis B. Mayer Foundation, National Film Preservation Foundation, The Packard Humanities Institute, David Stenn and Sundance Institute. We are also grateful to Tony Thomas Productions for generously supporting the festival.

All of the Archive’s public programs, including the UCLA Festival of Preservation, are free through June 2024, thanks to a gift from an anonymous donor.

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