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Anthology Film Archives is a cinema and film archive in the East Villagemarker neighborhood of New York Citymarker devoted to the preservation and exhibition of experimental film. It is the only non-profit organization of its kind in New York City, independent through self-support. In addition to preserving and exhibiting films (about 700 public screenings yearly), Anthology also publishes books and catalogs and houses a research library and art gallery.

The Archives was founded by Jonas Mekas, Stan Brakhage, P. Adams Sitney and Peter Kubelka and opened on November 30th, 1970. Today it keeps ca. 11,000 films and 3,000 videotapes and is thus one of the largest archives of avant-garde and experimental cinema in the world. The collection which focuses on American filmmakers also holds many commercial and industrial negatives deposited at the institution by insolvent films laboratories.

Jonas Mekas' contribution to the Anthology can not be underestimated. He, when grant funding was low from time to time (1970s), single-handedly saved the collection, sometimes personally paying the rent to house the collection. Mekas was tireless in his support and ever generous to visiting researchers who showed serious interest in these works and artists.

In 2005, the Archives released Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant Garde Film 1894-1941, a DVD retrospective of early experimental film. That same year, the Archives was among 406 New York Citymarker arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. [174356] [174357]

From 2004 through 2006, members of the Anthology Film Archives community organized LAB HD, an ambient televisionchannel that broadcast in high-definition nationally in the USA. During this period LAB HD produced dozens of experimental and avant-garde films in its facilities.

In 2007, it was among over 530 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In the 2004 movie Spider-Man 2, the building was used as the exterior of Doctor Octopus' laboratory.

Notable Films in the Collection



References

  1. Retrieved on September 4, 2007


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