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Buster Keaton's 1927 comedy/action movie, The General, is being released on Blu-ray. Included as one of the extra features is historical film commentary recorded by PRO-TEK employee Stan Taffel along with preservationist and filmmaker Michael Schlesinger. The duo also provided commentary for Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr., which will be released soon. Taffel and Schlesinger are actively engaged in the cause of film preservation, including the planning...

What tools and equipment do you use? We have what we call a rewind machine to spool the film back and forth. A light box that helps me see the film better is built into the table, and occasionally I use a magnifying glass. When I find something I think the movie studio might find interesting, like a historic building, I...

PRO-TEK’s Still Archives Manager Randy Gitsch has announced that he and Cinerama restoration production partner, Dave Strohmaier, have been invited for a 10th appearance in the U.K.’s upcoming Widescreen Weekend film festival event. The new edition of the Weekend, hosted by Bradford’s National Media Museum, will take place on the big, and immersively curved, 146 degree-wide Cinerama screen in the...

The Reel Thing, taking place August 18-20, 2016 at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, addresses current thinking and advanced examples of progress in the field of preservation, restoration and media conservation.

Cinecon is a celebration of forgotten films from the silent and early sound era of movie-making that features screenings, celebrity guests, one of the country's top movie memorabilia shows, plus live piano accompaniment for the silent films! This year's event, Cinecon 52, will be at the Egyptian Theater at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard from Thursday evening, September 1 through Monday, September 5. According to Stan...

PRO-TEK Digital Photo Restoration specialist and silent film expert Stan Taffel is also Associate Producer of SILENT LEGEND: THE MACK SENNETT STORY, which premieres January 16, 2015 at the historic Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles. The screening coincides with the 136th anniversary of Sennett’s birthdate. SILENT LEGEND: THE MACK SENNETT STORY is a documentary that explores the life of silent...

PRO-TEK is proud to be a sponsor of AMIA 2015, the 25th annual conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. The conference takes place November 18-21, 2015 in Portland, Oregon at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower hotel, located in the heart of downtown Portland. PRO-TEK Vice President Tom Regal and Still Archives Manager Randy Gitsch are involved in two event...

Making their ninth appearance as invited guests to England’s National Media Museum (NMM), PRO-TEK Still Archives Manager Randy Gitsch and his production partner, Dave Strohmaier, will participate in the Museum’s annual Widescreen Weekend film festival, October 15-18, 2015 in Bradford, England. They will give a special presentation on Cinerama and widescreen cinema to area school children on October 15. After the festival,...

Digital Asset Symposium (DAS) 2015 took place in New York City at The Museum of Modern Art on May 8. Event organizers and hosts were Chris Lacinak and PRO-TEK VP Tom Regal, who curated a show featuring a diverse collection of digital asset archiving stories and offering something for everyone. As different as the presentations were – imagine speakers from both the...

Film Historian and PRO-TEK Restoration Expert Stan Taffel participated in this year’s Jewish Film Festival in Los Angeles, April 30 through May 7, 2015. Taffel was panel moderator for a Q&A session with filmmakers Susan and Lloyd Ecker, leading the discussion on their book and documentary, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker. The Los Angeles premiere was featured on opening night of the...