Guys, this is big! For six months, our colleagues down the hall in the Media Preservation Unit have been keeping a secret (They couldn’t even tell us! We were dying over here!), but now the news is out and we are so excited to share it.
Our very own Paula De Stefano, Kim Tarr, and Ben Moskowitz were all part of a project to restore a film once thought to be lost: The Grim Game (1919), starring famed illusionist Harry Houdini! Paula, Kim, and Ben worked with film preservationist and producer Rick Schmidlin, NYU professor and composer Brane Zivkovic, Turner Classic Movies, and many many others to bring this film back from obscurity.
You can read more about the film’s discovery and restoration and its upcoming screening at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival in March. A New York screening and a TCM network airing of the film are also in the works for later this year, so stay tuned here for updates!