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The first frozen film preservation vault for commercial use, built by LAC Group’s PRO-TEK Vaults, was the subject of a feature story on Los Angeles’ ABC7 Eyewitness News. ...

The joint film preservation venture of Paramount Pictures and PRO-TEK Vaults is featured in the Forbes’ August 14, 2017, Media & Entertainment section (#BoxOffice). The new vault is the first one built by a commercial motion picture studio to “freeze” film, joining non-profit film archiving institutions like UCLA and the Library of Congress....

PRO-TEK’s new, high-tech film vault for preserving film at below-freezing temperatures is featured in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal article titled “Hollywood’s Film Freezer”. The new 125,000 square foot facility will preserve movie classics like “The Godfather” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” along with other movies produced by Paramount Pictures at below-freezing temperatures to stop image deterioration....

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...

Willem Barneveld in New York Times "Vocations" Film technician and curator Willem Barneveld was featured in the New York Times "Job Market" section. Following are some excerpts with link to the article below. 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...

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...