The GSSN has confirmed its ongoing support for London's Cinema Museum which is currently threatened with closure. In a letter to Martin Humphries, one of the co-founders of the Cinema Museum, Professor Erica Carter wrote:
"I am writing on behalf of the German Screen Studies Network (GSSN) to express my strong support for your campaign to keep the Cinema Museum open. The GSSN has been involved in several events at the Museum, including panel discussions for two screenings by the VITO project (Girls in Uniform and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant). One of my PhD students, Alice Guilluy, ran an event on romantic comedy at the museum, and I’ve attended various screenings and panels, including the launch event of the Centre for International Film Research at Southampton.
The Museum is a precious space of film-related engagement and debate in the heart of London. It’s unique in the broad range of interests and constituencies it serves; especially valuable is its international focus, as well as an openness to grass-roots film initiatives (the VITO project is one example). The analog facilities and expertise that the museum offer are also rare, and preserving them is becoming increasingly urgent in an age when knowledge of analog film is dissipating.
Please add the GSSN to any list you are keeping of institutional supporters."
If you would like to add your name to the petition to save the Cinema Museum and protect this valuable part of our film heritage, please do so here.