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Martin Scorsese announces deal to release a slate of restored classic movies

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At a press conference today at the Cannes Film Festival, Martin Scorsese announced a new partnership with the Auteurs, an online movie exhibitor, and B-Side Entertainment, a digital film marketing firm, to promote and distribute classic movies curated by his restoration and preservation organization, World Cinema Foundation. The foundation already has a lineup of recently restored and preserved foreign films, which will be screened at a variety of festivals, museums, universities, and film clubs. They’ll also be made available digitally, through iTunes and Netflix. Scorsese also tapped former New York Film Society associate programming director Kent Jones as the WCF’s new executive director.