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Blazing Saddles, Brokeback Mountain, Citizen Kane, Jurassic Park, Monterey Pop, My Fair Lady, The Shining, Smoke Signals — these are among the 25 motion pictures inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in December 2018. The U.S. Congress established the National Film Registry in 1988 to ensure the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America's film heritage. At the same time, the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB) was formed to provide advice to the librarian of Congress, to aid in the annual selection of the works to be added to the Registry. Its purpose was also to apprise the librarian of changing trends and policies in the field of film preservation, and provide counsel on the ongoing implementation of the National Film Preservation Plan. Starting with an initial list of just 25 films in 1989, the Registry now includes 750 works on film, including some of the most famous and well-loved Hollywood and independent features, as well as shorts, student films, avant-garde films, "orphan" films, documentaries, newsreel footage and home movies. The NFPB is comprised of a broad cross-section of the film industry, including representatives of the creative unions (SAG-AFTRA; DGA; WGA, East; WGA West; cinematographers; composers; and lyricists), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, AFI, AMPTP (producers), MPAA (studios), museums, exhibitors, critics, archivists and academicians. While this list includes people with diverse backgrounds, points of view and experience in film, filmmaking and preservation, it is still not fully inclusive of those with an interest in and knowledge of films. The librarian needs to know about great work across the full spectrum of filmmaking. Shorts, student films, avant- garde films, news film footage, home movies, documentary films and footage, FILM REGISTRY CATALOGUES OUR MOST TREASURED WORKS The primacy of American film throughout the decades supports the way actors earn their livelihoods, and we should all take pride in being associated with its rich history. As film professionals, performers have a stake in the protection and preservation of the legacy of the art of filmmaking — and SAG-AFTRA members can get involved and become a part of that effort. Duck Soup (1933) added 1990; Right, Citizen Kane (1941) added 1989 West Side Story (1961) added 1997 UNITED ARTISTS 58 SAG-AFTRA | Spring 2019 |

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