We adjourn tonight’s meeting in memory of David Shepard, a talented man who devoted his professional life to the preservation and advocacy of films.
Originally from New Jersey, David started his career as a curator at the American Film Institute in the late 1960s, and later served as a broker for Blackhawk Films, one of the nation’s leading distributor of movies.
David founded Film Preservation Associates and led many important silent film preservation projects. He restored most of the silent films in today’s DVD and video collections.
It is because of him, many of Hollywood’s best-known silent films have survived to be viewed by modern audiences.
He had a strong, kind, wonderful heart and loved his many rescue dogs, family and of course, silent film.
Our heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathies are with the Shepard family during this difficult time.