One of those films, "The First Misunderstanding," was thought to be lost forever, until a New Hampshire "movie buff" found it stowed away in an old barn he was about to tear down.
"I was up in the attic, and tucked away over in a corner was some film, film canisters and a silent movie projector," Peter Massey told the New Hampshire Union Leader last week.
"I thought it was really cool. I always look around before a demolition. You never know what you'll find."
The Library of Congress considers the 10-minute short film so significant that it agreed to fund the $9,000 worth of restoration.
"This particular piece was considered lost, and it's a very big deal that it is preserved," Pickford scholar Charles Schmidt said of the 1911 treasure.
Pickford wrote "The First Misunderstanding" and co-produced it with her first husband, Owen Moore, a sign of her social and creative independence that made her "the era's most famous and arguably influential woman," Schmidt said.
Keene State University will host a screening of the restored film on Oct. 11.
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