A Visit To American Zoetrope Film Studio (1969)

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KRON-TV news footage from December 15th 1969 with reporter Dave Valentine, featuring a visit to American Zoetrope film studio on Folsom Street in San Francisco, three days after it's official opening. Co-founder and filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola gives Valentine a tour of the facility which used to be an old warehouse and shows him around the main screening room, with it's remote post-production suite ("the only one in America"). Valentine asks Coppola about American Zoetrope's current production, the science fiction movie 'THX 1138' and he explains it was: "Directed by a very young director, a boy named George Lucas. And it was his personal film. He always wanted to make a film with chrome robots and jet cars and all that stuff." He goes on to describe his own upcoming project as a director, which he hopes to begin production on in the spring of 1970, called 'The Conversation': "I want to make a very sort of well constructed, strange piece about privacy and eavesdropping." Coppola elaborates on his creative vision and business model for American Zoetrope and movie productions in the 1970s, about which he feels "very, very optimistic," stating: "I'm going to try to do what's, I don't know, maybe it's impossible, which is to balance and reconcile being involved in a company and helping other filmmakers ... and still doing my personal work. I think there's a fabulous future in the 70s for this kind of film. For this kind of personal, intelligently budgeted film. And I think a really interesting company can grow out of it." It should be noted that American Zoetrope's headquarters moved into San Francisco's historic Sentinel Building on Kearny Street in 1972 (where they are still located as of 2019) and Coppola's movie project 'The Conversation' was released in 1974, winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

Movette Film Transfer of San Francisco remastered a 16mm positive print of this film in January 2019 in 2K resolution (2048x1556 pixels), using a Lasergraphics film scanner.

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