A lot of people are writing that they have no funds but think it is crucial to save some of these films. It’s just too bad that something can’t be done. Why won’t someone come along and save it?
Anybody can be that someone.
My advice would be to pick a film you are passionate about, and hit up various forums with the idea of raising the funds to acquire the print. It can take a lot of time, and cajoling and creative thinking but anyone can do it, it is easier than ever now with the worldwide reach we all now have.
That is how things get saved, take your passion, find others, get them passionate about it, and then that larger crowd of like-minded, passionate people can pool resources and make something happen.
If you found 200 people that cared enough to punt $10 (i.e. put your loose change in a jar for a month, or go without a coffee or chocolate bar or a beer or two a few times, or start a swear jar…) , then you could buy Sleeping Beauty. A lot of people have thousands of ‘friends’ on facebook, or other social media platforms. Start a group, make some noise, make something happen.
Jiminy Cricket was wrong, nothing happens by wishing, only by doing 😃
Once you have a print there are many options now to getting it scanned and worked on, it all starts with acquiring a decent source, before the sources disappear forever.
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