A Taranaki man at the cutting edge of film preservation will hone his skills alongside the world's best.
Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki curator and archivist Cameron Curd is the first New Zealander to secure a spot at the Selznick School of Film Preservation in Rochester, New York.
Based at George Eastman House, Mr Curd will have access to one of the largest film archives in America - second only to the Library of Congress.
He said the year-long course, which starts next month, would help him fill a gap in an industry shrouded in uncertainty.
Earlier this year, Australasia's only specialist film processing lab, Peter Jackson's Park Road Post, announced it would hand over the reins to Archives New Zealand because processing film was no longer commercially viable.
"It is the best opportunity not only for me, but for New Zealand film history as well," he said. "Becoming a recipient at the very best learning institution in the world to teach film preservation is the ultimate opportunity to hone my skills technically, academically and practically.
"I am incredibly passionate about preserving our regional and national cultural heritage and the Selznick Film Preservation School will give me the professional edge."
He said his lecturers would include film industry leaders such as director Peter Bogdanovich, film composer Peter Greenaway, and Academy Award winning actor Richard Gere.
Mr Curd, who is funding the study trip himself, believes he scored one of the 11 spots at the prestigious institution because of this country's unique celluloid heritage.
A total of 4500 people from around the world applied for the positions.
"They were obviously interested in what I could bring to the institute as a New Zealander."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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