David Shepard (film preservationist)

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David Shepard (born 1940, New York City) is a film preservationist whose company, Film Preservation Associates, is responsible for many high quality video versions of silent films. Some come from the Blackhawk Films library (also owned by David Shepard) and others from materials owned by private collectors and film archives around the world.

Shepard began restoring films when he joined the American Film Institute in 1968 as one of their first staff members. In 1987, he bought the Blackhawk Films library.


  • Film Preservation Associates, Serge Bromberg (Lobster Films)
  • Film Preservation Associates, Benjamin Scott Baker (Assistant to Producer)

Partial list of films restored by Shepard[edit]


Year Award Category Result
1989 International Documentary Association Preservation and Scholarship Award Won
1999 Saturn Award The President's Memorial Award Won
2000 San Francisco International Film Festival Mel Novikoff Award Won
2005 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Special Citation Won
2006 National Society of Film Critics Special Award Won
2011 Denver Silent Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Won

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