The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) has awarded the Center for Home Movies a grant to preserve “1944 Republican Convention,” a home movie from the Ellwood Hoffmann collection. Hoffmann was a delegate to the Chicago convention, and was right up close to the stage with his camera, shooting (in color) footage of Thomas Dewey, Herbert Hoover, Kate Smith and others. Cinema Arts, Inc. will create a new 16mm negative and print and digital transfer.
Ellwood Hoffmann (1885-1996) dropped out of school in 6th grade and went to work sweeping the floors at a hosiery mill for 25 cents per week. Eventually he started Lucille Hosiery, a silk stocking factory in Philadelphia. (more…)