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April 22, 2015 at 03:31 PM EDT

Christopher Nolan has joined The Film Foundation’s board of directors, the organization announced Tuesday.

Founded 25 years ago by Martin Scorsese, TFF works with archives and studios to preserve and release classic films. “Chris’s passion, knowledge and dedication to film is unparalleled,” Scorsese said. “He spearheaded the growing movement to ensure that film stock continues to be available for production and preservation. I know that his commitment to film and its preservation will be enormously helpful to the work of the foundation.”

“I’m honored to become a part of the pioneering and essential work of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation,” Nolan said. “The Foundation’s mission is more important today than ever before. I hope I can help with this vital effort.”

Nolan joins other big-name board members like Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, George Lucas, Robert Redford, and Steven Spielberg. The foundation has helped to restore more than 620 films. In addition to Hollywood classics like Rebel Without A Cause, the nonprofit has also focused on international films as part of its World Cinema Project, which has restored films from 17 countries.

TFF has also launched a free educational program called The Story of Movies, which teaches students how to think critically about film. The curriculum uses classics like To Kill A Mockingbird and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington to introduce students to film concepts, vocabulary, and history.

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