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THE ACADEMY AND THE MARY PICKFORD FOUNDATION LAUNCH MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP PROMOTING THE SILENT FILM ERA

INAUGURAL EVENT INCLUDES TOURS OF ACADEMY’S VAULTS AND THE RESTORATION PREMIERE OF “MARK OF ZORRO”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Mary Pickford Foundation have partnered on a multi-year initiative to promote the legacy of Mary Pickford and the silent film era, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson announced. The partnership includes an annual silent film screening, silent film preservation initiatives and the digitization of components of the Academy’s Mary Pickford Collection.

To kick off this partnership, and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, the Academy and the Foundation will host a special “Inside the Vaults” event on Tuesday, September 11, at the Pickford Center in Hollywood. The evening includes behind-the-scenes tours of the vaults, a screening of a rare Mary Pickford short “The New York Hat” (1912), the Los Angeles premiere of the Academy Film Archive’s newly restored print of “The Mark of Zorro” (1920), starring Douglas Fairbanks, and a display of select items from the Academy’s Mary Pickford Collection. Tours begin at 6 p.m. and the screening program begins at 8 p.m.

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