Ron Hutchinson is widely recognized as one of the country’s foremost film historians, with special emphasis on the period covering the transition to sound (1925-30) and early attempts to add sound to film. He is the founder of The Vitaphone Project, which seeks missing soundtrack discs and picture elements for early talkie shorts and features. To date, the Project has worked with Warner Bros., UCLA, the Library of Congress and private collectors worldwide to find over 3500 previously lost soundtrack discs and restore over 90 early sound shorts (1926-30), including many rare jazz films of the twenties and thirties.

Ron’s  knowledge of this period of American film history has been tapped for over 25 books, documentaries for  PBS (The Women of Tin Pan Alley [1999] , Vaudeville [1999])  Turner Classic Movies (Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story [2002]), and as a film commentarian and on-screen interviewee for the highly successful Warner Home Video DVD boxed set The Jazz Singer (1927). In 2015, Ron was award the National Society of Film Critics “Film Heritage Honor”  for his work in film preservation  and discoveries.