BOB FURMANEK

In 1990, film archivist Bob Furmanek realized a majority of the world’s 3-D film heritage was on the verge of being lost forever. In response, he founded the 3-D Film Archive, an organization dedicated to rescuing, preserving and restoring our stereoscopic heritage. Over the next two decades, Mr. Furmanek preserved over 50 3-D films, and at one point, the Archive held the largest collection of vintage stereoscopic elements in the world.

Over the past two and a half decades, he has worked with NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, MGM/Park Circus, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros, George Eastman House, the British Film Institute, the Stanford Theater Foundation, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Museum of Modern Art and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Most recently, Mr. Furmanek helped ensure preservation of the lost 1960 3-D feature September Storm by launching a successful Kickstarter campaign with 3-D Space which raised over $33K to save and restore the deteriorating 35mm elements. This past year, he spearheaded a 3-D Blu-ray release of the 1953 science fiction classic, It Came from Outer Space through NBCUniversal. He is currently working with Kino Lorber and Paramount Pictures to restore several of their long-unseen 3-D gems from the golden age of stereoscopic cinema.