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Press Release
October 8, 2010

National Archives Presents Screening Of John Ford Film "Upstream" October 28

Washington, DC…On Thursday, October 28, at 7 p.m., the National Archives presents a special screening of John Ford’s Upstream. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building. The film is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, in partnership with the Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film and the Foundation for the National Archives.

John Ford’s Upstream (1927) is one of 75 long-unavailable American silent films recently returned to the United States through a partnership with the New Zealand Film Archive (NZFA). These "lost" films will be preserved over the next several years at five major American nitrate film archives, including the Academy Film Archive, through the National Film Preservation Foundation, which is coordinating the project.

Upstream is a backstage comedy that focuses on a love triangle involving an egotistical actor and a young couple who partner in a vaudeville knife-throwing act. Brian Meacham, the archivist from the Academy who started negotiations with the NZFA, will introduce the film. The screening will feature live musical accompaniment by pianist Michael Mortilla and violinist/percussionist Nicole Garcia. The event will include the screening of an advertising trailer with the only known surviving footage of the John Ford film Strong Boy (1929).

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is located on the National Mall and is fully accessible. Please use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. National Archives Exhibit Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through March 14, and 10 a.m.–7 p.m. daily (through Labor Day).

To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call the Public Programs Line at: (202) 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 two weeks prior to the event. To contact the National Archives, please call 1-877-874-7616 or 1-86-NARA-NARA (TDD) 301-837-0482.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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