The Silent Treatment
Posted February 5, 2012on:
Today it seems that young people have no interest in old movies, and don’t even know that films from the silent era exist. But, there are exceptions to the rule, and I had the pleasure of meeting one such young woman.
In March 2007, Brandee Cox came up with the idea of publishing a bi-monthly newsletter about silent films. She shared that idea with graphic designer/film buff, Steven K. Hill, and The Silent Treatment (www.tstnews.net) was born. Their partnership in TST continues…much to the benefit of silent film buffs around the world.
I met Brandee Cox in 1999 when she sought an internship at Kit Parker Films while finishing her degree in Cinema Studies: History, Theory, and Analysis from San Francisco State University.
Although I was told in advance Brandee was a film buff, I certainly wasn’t expecting a young woman from the millennial generation to be so knowledgeable about old movies, especially silents. Even more surprising was her interest in the physical aspects of motion picture film.
In those days Kit Parker Films was a distributor of motion pictures servicing the film libraries of major studios and independent producers. We had thousands of 16mm and 35mm prints stored at our Sand City (Monterey area), CA film exchange, and employed film inspectors whose job it was to carefully check each print for damage, color fading, and other blemishes. This was the perfect job for Brandee given her interest in film archiving, and I hired her on the spot and she was with us for six months.
With her intern credit going towards her degree from SFSU, she took the next logical next step, film archiving post-graduate work at George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. After finishing her studies there she got and still has the perfect job, archiving films at the Academy Film Archive, a division of the Academyof Motion Picture Artsand Sciences that archives, preserves, and restores motion pictures. Now she was, and is, able to work with all of the motion pictures she wants…and gives us The Silent Treatment.
I founded Kit Parker Films over 40 years ago, made old movies my vocation, and have been surrounded by old movies ever since. It’s a pleasant surprise knowing there are young people who have that same passion and are making it their vocations as well.
As for Brandee, she and I are just big kids in a candy shop.
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