Nancy Mysel

The Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant

$5,000 Grant for Film Preservation Students

The Film Noir Foundation invites film preservation students to apply now for the 2022 Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant. This $5,000 grant will be awarded by the FNF in January/February 2022 to a deserving undergraduate or graduate student in film restoration/preservation or moving image archive studies. The grant funds are to be used to enhance or benefit a student's film restoration/preservation or moving image archive studies.


Ari NegovschiThe Film Noir Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of this year's $5,000 FNF/Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant—Ari Negovschi. Ari Negovschi is the Media Preservation Graduate Assistant for the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is overseeing the preservation of the Perry Miller Adato film collection. (Ms. Adato was the first female director to receive an award from the Director's Guild of America for her 1978 film Georgia O'Keefe and whose subjects included Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso.) Prior to attending UIUC, Ari received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts' Film and Video Program, where she studied analog film and video technologies. She has worked at the Autry Museum as an Exhibition Media Production Assistant for the award-winning Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork, the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, and as an Audio/Video Transfer Specialist at a Chicago-based digitization firm.

As a transfer specialist, she developed a passion for hidden collections while digitizing historically significant personal, industrial, and cultural films. Inspired by her time working on the Adato collection, Ari hopes to continue canonizing work by female directors through film preservation. As a person of mixed Mexican and Romanian descent, she especially aspires to work with film historians to preserve works by women of color. In her free time, she serves as a volunteer on the Curatorial Team at the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, gardens avidly, and subscribes to way too many film channels. She is honored to follow in the footsteps of film preservationist Nancy Mysel as the 2021 Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant recipient.

The FNF's charitable grant, funded by the Mysel family in honor of the late film preservationist Nancy Mysel who supervised FNF restorations of The Prowler and Cry Danger, grants funding to students enrolled in film restoration and preservation studies. The FNF congratulates Ari on her grant award!

How To Apply

Provide your contact information: name, address, phone number, email address and, if applicable, current resume and related film preservation work experience

Submit a personal essay answering the following questions:

1. What do you hope to accomplish with a career in film restoration/preservation?  

2. Why do you feel you have an aptitude for film restoration/ preservation work?

3. What related film preservation experience have you had and what impact has it had on you?


Mail or email your application by December 30, 2021.

Grant Award Committee
Film Noir Foundation
1411 Paru Street
Alameda, CA 94501

PREFERRED: Applications to be sent as PDFs to with the subject line:  2022 Grant Submission - Name of Applicant

Award Notification

The 2022 Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant recipient will be announced in January 2022.

Applicants will be notified by email of the grant decision at that time.


To apply for the grant, you must be a student currently enrolled in a college or university film preservation or moving image archive program.

It is not necessary to be a first-time Film Noir Foundation grant applicant. If you have applied before, but have not been awarded a grant, please re-apply.


Applicants confirm they are an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in a film restoration/preservation or moving image archive studies program, and that they agree the grant funds will go toward their film preservation studies. At the end of the year, the FNF will ask the grant recipient for a short "How Was Your Year" essay.

Nancy Mysel
Legacy of a Cinema Savior


The fortunes of the Film Noir Foundation suffered a devastating setback in 2012. Nancy Mysel, film preservationist for UCLA Film & Television Archive, who supervised our restorations of The Prowler and Cry Danger, lost a long-running battle with cancer.

What makes this tragedy all the more intolerable is that Nancy, only 45, had just begun her cherished career as a cinema savior. In a few short years, she had made an astounding impact managing superb restorations of many films. In addition to rescuing more than a few films noir, Nancy resurrected a vital facet of film history with preservations of Dorothy Arzner's pre-Code films made at Paramount in the early 1930s.

A native of Paterson, New Jersey, Nancy began work as a preservationist at Boston University. She'd worked at UCLA Film & Television Archive since 1999, benefiting from the tutelage of legendary UCLA preservationist Robert Gitt. Together, they restored more than two-and-a-half hours of outtakes to create the documentary Charles Laughton Directs 'The Night of the Hunter,' included in the 2011 Criterion DVD of the 1955 feature.

I can't overstate how essential Nancy was to our success. Her commitment to the highest level of restoration set an immense standard, which she challenged everyone to meet—including us. Although personally shy and self-effacing, she was a passionate preservationist and an exacting taskmaster. The best way we can honor her legacy is by ensuring that everything we do in the future measures up to her incredible standard of excellence.

Before her death, Nancy sent me the following note: "There's no denying working with you on our beloved genre provided the greatest opportunities and enjoyment of my career. That you were so much fun to work with is only the icing on the cake. The screening of Cry Danger at the Castro was a special highlight I was able to share with my family. Thank you again, and keep fighting the good fight!"

The FNF is proud to carry on Nancy's work with a huge assist from her family.  Funded by the Mysel family and created in Nancy's honor, The Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant – the FNF's charitable adjunct –- will grant funding to deserving students involved in cinema restoration. It's in the spirit of preservation and progress that we announce The Nancy Mysel Legacy Grant for 2021.