Accidentally Preserved

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Coming to TV, computer, and smartphone
screens everywhere in Spring of 2013! 



Ben Model's "ACCIDENTALLY PRESERVED" silent movie project


I own more than a dozen short silent movies that are either lost films or just really really rare.  The copies I have are vintage 16mm film editions made in the 1930s and 1940s, and are still projectable and usable.  I am producing a DVD, for classic film collectors, that will have these films on them in HD transfers and with new musical scores that I will create; I will also release the films on YouTube for all the world to enjoy. 

The project has been funded by a very successful Kickstarter project that took place in the late fall of 2012.  Watch the video below:




Why call it "accidentally preserved"?

In the 1920s, 30s and 40s, silent movies were printed on 16mm safety film stock for home movie rentals – it was like Netflix for the art deco era. Decades have passed, and many of the original 35mm prints of these silent films no longer exist, but these vintage 16mm copies survive. (That's what I have in my collection.)  It's as if those silent films were…accidentally preserved.


The films in the project:

While what I plan to release may not be a super-famous rarity (like "London After Midnight" or a pie fight cut from "Napoleon"), what I do have are silent movies that are entertaining and deserve to be made available for cultural, historic and entertainment purposes.  The film are all shorts, 10-20 mins each, and are all in the public domain.  Most are comedies, but there are one or two animated films and industrial/educational titles as well. 

Click on "The Films" above for details about the 9 rare/lost silent films currently being produced for video and released in "Accidentally Preserved"
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DVDs and YouTube:

The main thrust of the “Accidentally Preserved” project will be the DVD edition of the films, as classic film fans and scholars prefer owning DVDs even when content is available for online streaming. 

In addition to the DVD edition, the films will be released on my YouTube channel on a bi-weekly basis, as a web-series. For details, click on "YouTube" above.