Our small misadventure with ReFrederator the other day thankfully provided a great side benefit, a direct contact with Cindy Keefer at the Fischinger Archive. During our conversation she let me know how hard they’re working to continue to rescue many of Oskar Fischinger’s animated films, which, because the kinds of materials the films were originally made from and age, are still in danger.
I promised we’d put the word out to the Channel Frederator community to help. Donate here if you can, buy DVD’s here if you can. Put the word out on your own sites if you can. Try and help this important innovator of animation, someone who set the stage for much of the work many of us do.
Mr. Fischinger’s daughters, Barbara and Angelica Fischinger, maintain the Fischinger Archive (www.oskarfischinger.org), and Barbara sent us the following note:
Many of his films still need to be restored, digitally transferred, and released through future DVDs and other outlets. Funding is needed for this work. There are also many animation drawings and tests still yet to be conserved. Lack of funding has resulted in the deterioration of many of his original cels, and some films.
Financial contributions are needed to help save more of his work so that it CAN be seen and widely distributed. In America, my father never received support during his lifetime to make many films he had planned; he was often devastated when he found people were distributing his films without his permission and without paying him a dime. He received so little support during his lifetime that he could not feed his family, much less afford to make another film.
Please join our efforts to restore and conserve his work. Contributions of ALL amounts help tremendously. Contributions for this Fischinger Project should be made to our non-profit partner, Center for Visual Music, a 501(c)3 in Los Angeles (www.centerforvisualmusic.org). Contributions to CVM are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. You can contact us through ofischingerinfo (at) gmail.com
Thank you in advance for any support you are able to give.