Lifetime Achievement Award
Each year, the Denver Silent Film Festival recognizes one person for outstanding contributions to silent film, whether through filmmaking, film preservation, film education or the conservation of film collections. The recipient attends the Denver Silent Film Festival as our guest, and participates in introductions to the films, post-film conversations with the audience and also joins in several meetings with students. This page is dedicated to those whose work has helped to keep alive the beautiful art of silent cinema throughout the world.
2014 Recipient Mike Mashon
Mike Mashon, Head of Moving Images for The Library of Congress
Mashon received his undergraduate degree in microbiology from Louisiana State University. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in the same field at the University of Texas. In 1996, He earned his Ph.D. in radio-television-film from the University of Maryland.
Under his direction, the Moving Image Section is responsible for the acquisition, conservation, cataloging, storage, preservation, and researcher accessibility of the more than 1.3 million film and video items held at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia.
Mashon has supervised many film restoration projects, and is the author of several articles on media history and preservation. He and his wife Kristi have one daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies even though “…one might think he does a lot of that at work, he can only wish it were true”.
Mashon will receive the award at the DSFF Opening Night reception at the Governor’s Mansion. David Shepard, 2011 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and DSFF Advisory Board member, will present the award.
Past Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award