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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...

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 Pictureville theater, the only such theater of its kind on the European continent.

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...

Here's a few posts from our blog in 2015 that you may have missed about film preservation and media asset management topics, curated for fast, informative reading! Preserving Nitrate and Acetate Motion Picture Film Collections For owners or managers of motion picture film captured on nitrate or...

2015 marks the 25th year of annual conferences for AMIA, the Association of Moving Image Archivists. The event will be held November 18-21 in Portland, Oregon with PRO-TEK (film and other media preservation and archiving specialists of LAC Group) as one of the sponsors. To mark the significance...

Making their ninth appearance as invited guests to England’s National Media Museum (NMM), PRO-TEK Still Archives Manager Randy Gitsch and his production partner, Dave Strohmaier, will participate in the Museum’s annual Widescreen Weekend film festival, October 15-18, 2015 in Bradford, England. They will give a special...

Film Historian and PRO-TEK Restoration Expert Stan Taffel participated in this year’s Jewish Film Festival in Los Angeles, April 30 through May 7, 2015. Taffel was panel moderator for a Q&A session with filmmakers Susan and Lloyd Ecker, leading the discussion on their book and documentary,...

It took over sixty years, but the authentic location of comedic filmmaking pioneer Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios has been properly recognized and dedicated.  The studio was the birthplace of the "Keystone Cops" and the early playground of film legends like Charlie Chaplin. Participating in the dedication ceremony on February 27, 2015, was Film Historian and PRO-TEK Restoration Expert, Stan Taffel, who spoke about Sennett's filmmaking legacy and ground-breaking work in comedy.  Taffel is one of PRO-TEK's filmmaking experts often called upon for their knowledge of the motion picture industry and the medium of film.  As authorities on restoration, preservation and archiving, the professionals at PRO-TEK are valuable film references, recognized worldwide for their understanding of cinematic history dating back to the silent era.

Hooray for Edendale? The Edendale Bowl? Edendale & Vine? The famous song, outdoor venue, and street corner of the stars might have been labeled “Edendale” instead of “Hollywood” had history taken a different course. [caption id="attachment_7057" align="alignleft" width="244"] Stan Taffel and 'the ghost' of Mack Sennett at...