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Support American Genre Film Archive to See Delicate 35mm Prints

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April 25, 2014
Source: The Dissolve

The American Genre Film Archive

There's plenty of efforts in the entertainment industry to preserve actual negatives and film prints from cinema's history in order to preserve films of the past as the industry moves into the future that is in favor of digital filmmaking. However, The American Genre Film Archive is after a little more than that. Housed in a secret location in Austin, Texas, the AFGA has been preserving "orphan films that are moldering in storage units or being disposed of into the dark abyss of the ocean." But they also want audiences to be able to see some of these delicate prints without risking damage. And that's where they need your help. Read on!

We'll let TheĀ American Genre Film Archive's IndieGogo campaign (via The Dissolve) speak for itself:

If you need it spelled out better, here's an explanation of their mission from their IndieGogo page:

"The mission is to complete 2K transfers of these endangered titles, and then create digital duplicates. In the future, AGFA will be able to carefully restore and strike new prints of films that are in danger of being lost. But for now, we want to make sure that they stay accessible for everyone. These films can be seen as frescos that are about to crumble off of walls without even having been documented. This initiative will essentially photograph these frescos so they can be seen and shared. While AGFA is still dedicated to 35mm presentation, we want to make digital copies available of the rarest of the rare in our collection until full restorations can be made."

As you can see, AFGA specializes in horror, sleaze, action, and independent regional filmmaking, with over 3,000 film prints being preserved in a non-profit archive that counts directors Nicolas Winding Refn and Paul Thomas Anderson on its board. Now they want to bring some of these long lost films to audiences so they can experience the wacky fun. Starting with the 1975 science-fiction film The Astrologer, AFGA is raising money to to create a digital transfer of the film for people to experience without damaging print. This could also help with giving some these films a proper home video release. As the AFGA says, " These films are not meant to sit in a vault. They are meant to be played for audiences." Help them out right here!

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  • DanHibiki
    "accessible for everyone." In what way? Free streaming on the internet or will it just be stuff the Alamo Drafthouse will show once in a while at their theaters?
  • DAVIDPD
    I really hope they make it available to the masses.

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