Thailand's National Film Archive needs to build another climate-controlled vault to make space to preserve more Thai cinema classics. In all, 10 million baht is needed to complete the project.
The Archive has put together more than 500 master copies of classic films and now needs a place to put them.
The current vault holds about 1,000 films, and there's only space for 20 more. Films needs to be kept at a temperature of around 4 degrees Celsius and at a humidity level of around 30 percent - hardly the natural conditions in Thailand. Without climate control, the films literally burn up in their cans.
The Thai Film Foundation is working to help raise money by putting on an event from 2 to 10pm on Saturday (December 20) at the Archive in Salaya, Nakhom Pathom. Ruam Hua Chuay Hor Nang On will feature a market, music by Phumijit, the Bang Lamphoo Band and Sunday Morning, and screenings of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's short films, Luminous People and Morakot.
If you can't make it Saturday, there will hopefully be other fund-raising events in the coming weeks.
Also, donations can be made at Kasikorn bank, Mungkorn Road sub-branch, savings account "Kongtoon Sang Hong Yen Keb Nang Thai by Moon Nithi Nang Thai," 605-2-01111-4.
(Via Daily Xpress and Bangkok News & Reviews; cross-published at Bangkok Cinema Scene)