Reputations Restored: Lost and Found Movies of 1929

When The River was released in American theatres in 1929, it was laughed off the screen. William Fox had, unbeknownst to director Frank Borzage, added a singing prologue the film, completely changing the tone of his intensely moving film. When the same film was released in Europe without the singing prologue or talking epilogue, it […]

Posted at 3:44 pm on February 21, 2010 | 2 comments | Filed Under: Uncategorized | Continue reading

Top 3 Reasons to Support Film Preservation

Some days, it feels like supporting film preservation is an uphill battle. There are always more pressing humanitarian concerns that justifiably take the spotlight. There are always, and have always been, people who question the validity of film as art. There are others who cannot stand old movies, black and white movies, silent films, or […]

Posted at 9:06 pm on February 16, 2010 | 3 comments | Filed Under: Uncategorized | Continue reading


When Sarah Baker finds something she’s passionate about, she won’t rest until the story is told.

Baker’s first project was a seven-year labor of love—a documentary film about silent film star Olive Thomas, which she wrote and produced. Over the course of her research, Baker located 10 of Thomas’ 20 films—all of which had been considered lost. The resulting documentary, Olive Thomas: Everybody’s Sweetheart, executive produced by Hugh Hefner, was released to DVD (2004) along with Thomas’ film The Flapper —the first time this film had been available to the public since 1920.

Baker’s book, Lucky Stars: Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell , a dual biography of the famous 1920s romantic duo, published by Bear Manor Media, hit bookstores on December 1, 2009. She is a contributing writer for, and also writes for Fort Worth Child and Southwest Blues magazines. Currently, Baker is in production on another documentary, Blues Man: The Life and Times of Sean Costello. A native Texan, Baker is currently living in New Bern, North Carolina.