Board of Advisors
Anthony Slide is the author or editor of more than 200 books on the history of popular entertainment, a former resident film historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and an associate archivist of the American Film Institute. Among his most prominent works are Nitrate Won’t Wait: A History of Film Preservation in the United States (1992), and Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses (2002). He was the first writer to document the prominence of women directors in the American silent film industry with Early Women Directors (1977), which was revised and rewritten as The Silent Feminists (1996).
Later this year, he will be publishing The Truth at 24 Frames Per Second, which gathers together articles and essays he has written since the 1960s. Also upcoming is his 21st audio commentary for a Blu Ray release, the Marion Davies vehicle, “The Lights of Old Broadway.”
In 1990, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Bowling Green University, at which time he was hailed by Lillian Gish as “our pre-eminent historian of the silent film.” His friendship with Lillian Gish is a reminder of the many hundreds of interviews with silent and early sound film personalities he has conducted through the years, and his close friendships with such silent stars as Viola Dana and Blanche Sweet, both of whom are the subjects of documentaries he has made. He is consulting producer and participant in the 2019 feature, “Be Natural,” which looks at the career of the world’s first female director, Alice Guy Blache, whom Slide rediscovered and whose memoirs he edited.
Lokke Heiss is an award-winning writer, medical doctor and a film historian, with a medical degree from the University of Illinois and a MFA from University of Southern California in Film and Television. He has published articles on The Oz Film Manufacturing Company and on the history of fantasy and science fiction in early film. Dr. Heiss worked with David Shepard and Film Preservation Associates and narrated a commentary track for Kino's restored version of F.W. Murnau's “Nosferatu."
Dr. Heiss also writes film reviews and reports on the Pordenone Film Festival for Nitrateville and Silent Era. These festival reviews may be found here:
Jeffery Masino is a producer at the forefront in presenting both original content and cinema classics for new audiences to discover and enjoy. Jeff has always been motivated by a fascination with film history and a desire to share this remarkable art form with others through his company Flicker Alley.
Strategically picking projects that are historically and artistically interesting, and creating unique, quality presentations are two factors leading to his company’s success and differentiation in the industry over the past fifteen years. Flicker Alley is known for projects that are the culmination of hundreds of hours of research, production oversight and the shared passion of many talented collaborators. From bringing back silent films not seen since their initial release in the late 1920s, to funding reconstructions and film restorations like “The Young Rajah” (1922), and Abel Gance’s celebrated anti-war film, “J’Accuse” (1919) (with co-producers David Shepard and Serge Bromberg), Jeff has produced dozens of broadcast presentations in partnership with Turner Entertainment Networks (Turner Classic Movies).
Jeff’s latest work, as part of the team at Digital Bedrock (www.digitalbedrock.com), is focused on establishing the digital archive of the future. The company is a secure digital preservation service that protects and keeps digital assets evergreen, which in the world of film means that new audiences will always have access to cinema classics to enjoy.
Margot Gerber works in film marketing and publicity. She spent 28 years working with the non-profit theatrical exhibition organization the American Cinematheque. She is the president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, and a member of the board and preservation committee of Hollywood Heritage.
Tracey Goessel is both a physician and an entrepreneur, but her true passion is silent film history. In 2015, she published The First King of Hollywood, a biography of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., dubbed by The New York Times “a buoyant handspring of a book … one of the most delightful Hollywood biographies to slide down the mast in years.” The book came out in paperback in 2018.
In addition, she founded the nonprofit Film Preservation Society (FPS), (www.filmpreservationsociety.org) which has recovered and restored several silent films formerly thought to be lost or unavailable for viewing, including Fairbanks’ “Mr. Fixit,” “The Good Bad Man,” “The Halfbreed,” “Too Many Kisses” and “Double Trouble.” FPS also funded the software that enables the Library of Congress to scan original paper prints of silent films from the first decade of the 1900s. Currently FPS’ goal is to restore all 460 D.W. Griffith Biograph films made between 1908 and 1913.