I’m still not over the shock of having my first animated film, Hair Piece: a film for nappyheaded people, as one of 25 films inducted into the National Film Registry in December 2018. Selected films are considered to be culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.
How it works (so I’ve learned) is that the Librarian of Congress (yes, there is such a person) makes the annual selections to the Registry after reviewing thousands of titles nominated by the public and conferring with the distinguished members of the National Film Preservation Board and Library film curators. For the 2018 selection, 6,300 titles were nominated by the public.
Hair Piece has been exhibited in many parts of the world, but I never imagined that it would end up with this great honor. A big thanks to the national voters. I’m still speechless.
Some of the other films inducted were Brokeback Mountain, Eve’s Bayou, Broadcast News, Jurassic Park and Cinderella. To be interviewed by Leonard Maltin was also wonderful ad it was an honor to meet Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress. She’s the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library.
Here’s a link to an excerpt of my interview with Maltin:
Here’s a list of the films inducted: