January 3, 2006 3:18 pm
On December 20th, the Library of Congress announced that Kartemquin Films' 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams was chosen as a part of the 2005 annual selection of 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry. This year's collection includes Miracle on 34th Street, 1906 San Francisco earthquake footage and The Sting. The registry was created in 1989 and contains 400 films, in addition to the latest selections.
Hoop Dreams Executive Producer Gordon Quinn remarked, "The National Film Registry selection of Hoop Dreams is a great honor for Kartemquin. The film remains a highlight of our 40 years of filmmaking, and we're very proud that the film was nominated by the public, and chosen by the Library of Congress, to be preserved as a cultural marker of our times."
The 25 films were culled from a group of over 1,000 titles submitted by viewers to the Library of Congress for final selection. With the National Film Preservation Act, the Librarian of Congress annually selects 25 motion pictures which are considered "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant and represent the diversity and depth of America's film history.
The Film Registry honor follows on the heels of the Hoop Dreams Criterion Collection DVD release last year. For more infomation on the National Film Preservation Board, please visit their website.