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Posted 08 April 2008 - 04:45 PM

Cineric, Inc. has been selected by the Nederlands Filmmuseum to preserve for posterity 24 historically-noteworthy feature films from the institution?s collection over the next four years. The venture is part of the Dutch government?s Images for the Future project grants to audiovisual institutions in that country. The Filmmuseum houses the largest and most important film library in the Netherlands, which includes the history of Dutch cinema produced from the silent era through today.

Sandra den Hamer, managing director of the Filmmuseum and former director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, along with Images for the Future Project Manager Emjay Rechsteiner and Curator Giovanna Fossati, finalized plans for the endeavor last week at Cineric?s Manhattan facility.

After a worldwide search for ideal preservation facilities, the Filmmuseum provisionally awarded Images for the Future contracts in December to Cineric and the Amsterdam-based company Haghefilm Conservation. Cineric, which continues to grow its international business, will be responsible for producing archival separation masters for two dozen of the most significant Dutch color films, beginning with Jenny (1958), the first Dutch color feature film, and Op De Hollandse Toer (1973), an extremely popular cult comedy.

?We?re honored to be entrusted with these cultural treasures and collaborate with the Nederlands Filmmuseum,? says Cineric President Balazs Nyari. ?Our experience in restoring and preserving important cinematic assets is unsurpassed, and we look forward to putting the tremendous power of our technology and expertise into this monumental undertaking.?

Nyari adds that producing separation masters is considered the best way to preserve color films because the black-and-white records of the film?s color information on polyester film stock are proven to not fade over time. Cineric plans to utilize their most advanced photochemical and/or digital processes based on the assessment of existing materials.

The Nederlands Filmmuseum has an internationally recognized collection of film titles. During the next seven years, the Images for the Future project will secure a core collection of Dutch audiovisual heritage for the future by restoring, conserving, and digitizing hundreds of thousands of hours of film, video and audio materials, as well as millions of photos from various national archives.

Cineric, a company renowned in the field of film preservation and restoration, has been serving major motion picture archives in the United States for over 25 years. Projects recently completed at Cineric include a 4K digital restoration of Dr. Strangelove for Sony Pictures Entertainment and The King and I from rare 55 mm negatives for Twentieth Century Fox. The company also provides complete motion picture film services, offering scanning, recording, video-to-film, specialized image processing, optical printing, titles, special effects, and digital intermediate and related services.

For more information on Cineric, visit www.cineric.com. For more on the Images for the Future project, visit www.imagesforthefuture.org/en.
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