Bowling Museum launches Frame for Frame Project


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    Museum teams with Monterey Media to save world-class film collection

    201IBMHOFLogo.jpgThe International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame has announced the launch of the Frame for Frame Project to raise funds to rescue the museum's world-class film collection, while celebrating the significant role bowling has played in Hollywood.

    The inaugural fundraising event of the Frame for Frame Project will be an invitation-only screening of the feature film "Sex, Death and Bowling" on Dec. 3 at the IBM/HF.

    2015IBMHOFFrameToFrameProjectAllyWalker.jpg Guests will have the opportunity to meet writer/director Ally Walker (pictured right) and producer Jodi Schoenbrun Carter to hear first-hand the inspiration behind the film and how they incorporated vintage bowling scenes from the International Bowling Museum's film collection. Actor Lyle Kanouse also will attend the screening.

    The film stars Adrian Grenier ("Entourage"), Selma Blair ("Hellboy"), Bailey Chase ("Longmire"), Drea de Matteo ("The Sopranos," "Sons of Anarchy"), Mary Lynn Rajskub ("24"), and Joshua Rush ("Mr. Peabody & Sherman").

    The museum also will have an exhibit focused on the relationship between Hollywood and bowling, featuring artifacts and props from television shows such as "Laverne & Shirley," "Tom and Jerry" and from the movies "Kingpin" and "The Big Lebowski" as well as a section on "Sex, Death and Bowling."

    The "Sex, Death and Bowling" special event and exhibition kicks off the Frame for Frame Project's yearlong movie festival honoring filmmakers who have artistically included bowling in their movies.

    For a limited time, bowling fans can purchase a DVD of "Sex, Death and Bowling" at a discounted price, and 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame to help save and digitize the museum's film collection. Click here for more information and to purchase the DVD.

    Over the last three decades, the museum has amassed an amazing film collection, and this treasure trove of bowling footage includes presidents, movie stars and sports celebrities enjoying time on the lanes.

    A recent gift to the museum was every episode of "Championship Bowling," the ABC series that ran from 1954 to 1960 and featured many of the famous bowlers of the era.

    Significant donations are necessary to cover the nearly $200,000 needed to digitize the museum's films. The Frame for Frame Project also will provide grants for future filmmakers and make the footage available for public use.

    "The over half-million feet of film is in a precarious position, and we will need to quickly catalogue it or the collection will disintegrate," IBM/HOF museum curator Jessica Bell said.

    Preservation of this collection boosts the museum's educational mission as a resource for exhibits and movies that will affect millions of people.

    "The museum's film collection is deteriorating, and without digitization, it will be lost, and future filmmakers will lose out on the chance to use it," said IBM/HOF Director of Development Gregg Williams.

    "Donations are needed to help preserve the history of bowling, which has made such a profound impact on American culture."

    For more information or to inquire about donating to this project, contact IBM/HOF Director of Development Gregg Williams at 817-385-8213, 800-343-1329 ext. 8213, or email