San Francisco, The Golden City (1925)
Never before has a new film discovery been so perfectly timed. Last month EYE Filmmuseum identified a short stencil-colored film of San Francisco, while at the same time we at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival were preparing to announce the program for the 25th edition of the festival.
At the festival we knew immediately that we wanted to make a special presentation of the new discovery but there was not much time to act. Fortunately, Haghefilm Digitaal, a long-time supporter and sponsor of the festival, was also excited about the discovery and when we shared the news they agreed immediately to the idea of sponsoring the restoration as a gift to the festival in recognition of its 25th anniversary.
Color grading is perhaps the most essential operation with material such as this and it was here that Haghefilm truly demonstrated their expertise with archibal film by perfectly matching the colors of the original nitrate.
You can see the world premiere of the film at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, 29 April to 3 May. For more information visit www.silentfilm.org.
President, San Francisco Silent Film Festival