The British Film Institute (BFI) will be honored with a 2014 Silent Film Festival Award at the showing of the silent film documentary “The Epic of Everest,” a gem which screens on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, California. The movie recounts George Mallory’s and Andrew Irvine’s final attempt to climb Everest in 1924. The BFI restored the film in collaboration with the Sandra Noel, the daughter of director J. B. L. Noel. The restoration included the reintroduction of the original tones and tints, and presented some serious challenges to the BFI National Archive restoration team. BFI’s Bryony Dixon, on hand at the 2 PM screening, will accept the award and introduce the restoration.
The Festival has shown several amazing documentaries in past festivals. The 2011 festival screened “The Great White Silence (1924)” about Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated attempt to reach and return from the South Pole. Having a member of the restoration team on hand allows the audience to learn about the fascinating techniques film restorers must utilize to bring these wonderful films back to life.