Last Thursday night was an eduction... and a party. New York Film/Video Council and Cineric hosted an evening of food, drink and a tour of at Cineric's absolutely amazing film restoration and preservation facility. Their current list of work-in-progress films being preserved look to be off a film classics legendary list from The Grapes of Wrath (1940) to On the Waterfront (1954) to Bye Bye Birdie (1963) and many more. Their facility, located in the well known Art Deco Film Center building in Hell's Kitchen, boasts 28" thick vaults on every floor for storage of nitrate film. Cineric is apparently the only company left in the building that actually uses theirs for such purposes.
Everyone was really accommodating, even those that were still busily at work. There was someone spinning a reel of film, inspecting it for flaws, another gentleman worked on a computer where he jogged back and forth over a few seconds of a runner at the Paris Olympics of 1924. We were shown one of their color correction studios as well as a multitude of film equipment from old school to digital and laser technology. They even had a machinist (who was also a sculptor) that literally made what no longer exists. An example of this, sighted by Cineric owner, Balázs Nyari was the film The King and I (1956) and Carousel (1956), the only two films ever shot in Cinemascope 55mm. They literally had to build the liquid gate equipment in order to restore the 55mm films. Cineric does contemporary films too. Last Thursday's guests were shown a snippet of a color correct on Salvation Boulevard, slated for release next year.
Of course I must mention, Cineric not only does great work for major studios and filmmakers, they have also been a great supporter of the Women's Film Preservation Fund by offering in-kind services to the fund's grant receivers. WFPF is part of New York Women in Film and Television and works to preserve the cultural legacy of women in cinema. I am a delighted to be a committee member, so of course I have to mention Cineric's amazing contribution to it.
The New York Film/Video Council, an organization that's been around for over 70 years making it one of the oldest media groups in New York City. Membership is very reasonable. They offer a variety of programs and events throughout the year.