Mary Pickford is having a bad week, to put it mildly.
Not only is the CIM Group busy tearing down the historic Pickfair Studios, but the non-profit Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education has lost its funding—a sudden decision of the Mary Pickford Foundation in March. While part of the Institute receives funding from other sources, the section of the Institute devoted to restoring Pickford's films and making them available to the public relies on the Foundation that established it.
Worse still, from the point of view of a silent film buff like me, the Foundation will no longer allow the Institute to exhibit and promote Mary Pickford's films.
Hugh Monroe Neely contacted me and asked me to help promote the petition to save the Mary Pickford Institute—which I am more than happy to do. You know how much I love Mary Pickford. Her story is the story of silent film itself.
If you wish to sign the petition, click here.
To learn more about the Institute itself, click here.