About Us

 

The Institute for Cinema Ephemera is
the world’s first organization dedicated to
the preservation of movie paper.

 

WHAT IS MOVIE PAPER?

The historical documents that were issued with a film make up the Movie Paper.

  • Press/Campaign Books

  • Press

  • Stills

  • Movie Posters

  • Heralds/Trade Ads

  • Trailers

  • Promotional material issued by a studio with the release of film

 

WHY CREATE AN INSTITUTE?

The threat to movie paper cannot be understated. The international cultural history recorded in the words and images of movie paper is disappearing.

Collectors, archivists, and hobbyists acknowledge that time takes it toll. Paper disintegrates as it ages. Sunlight, fire and water are lethal enemies. Another danger is the destruction of movie paper by people who are unaware of its significance.

A repository and research center is necessary.

 

WHAT IS OUR MISSION?

The mission of the Institute for Cinema Ephemera is four-fold:

Find and Identify: Locate and protect artifacts and paper accessories in danger of being damaged or destroyed.

Research and Development: Promote innovation in the preservation of artifacts and ephemera.

Education: Provide guidance and training for archivists, museums, collectors, libraries, and film societies in the archiving and preservation of film artifacts and ephemera.

Digital Record: Make digital records to preserve images of artifacts and ephemera.

 

HOW IS THE INSTITUTE FUNDED?

The Institute is funded by donations, cash gifts, and grants.

 

Linda Thurman, Executive Director

Linda Thurman
Founder and Executive Director

Linda Thurman is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Cinema Ephemera (ICE). She is an ardent film lover and veteran of the Hollywood film industry. Her latest book is Hollywood South: Glamour, Gumbo, and Greed.