Thanks to a gift from the Malina family, the Daniel Langlois Foundation has acquired a collection of 16-mm films on Frank J. Malina (1)
, engineer, artist, and co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Pasadena, California, in the 1940s, and of the journal Leonardo
This collection comprises a variety of documentary films from many different sources, along with numerous outtakes. The Foundation, in cooperation with specialists at the Cinémathèque québécoise, is conducting a physical assessment of the films. After briefly identifying them, it will first make low-quality copies in order to work with the family on evaluating the documentary value of these items. Finally, at the end of this process, high-quality digital video copies will be made to preserve the films; access copies will also be produced. The films themselves are stored in the vaults of the Cinémathèque québécoise.