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Anthology is a center for the exhibition, preservation, and study of independent and artist-made film and video.
Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema. Founded in 1969 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program. In the decades since its founding, Anthology has grown far beyond its original concept to encompass film preservation; the formation of a reference library containing the world’s largest collection of books, periodicals, stills, and other paper materials related to avant-garde cinema; and a remarkably innovative and eclectic film exhibition program. Anthology screens more than 900 programs annually, preserves an average of 25 films per year (with 800 works preserved to date), publishes books and DVDs, and hosts numerous scholars and researchers. Fueled by the conviction that the index of a culture’s health and vibrancy lies largely in its margins, in those works of art that are created outside the commercial mainstream, Anthology strives to advance the cause and protect the heritage of a kind of cinema that is in particular danger of being lost, overlooked, or ignored
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Last chance to catch the beautiful and strange world of Ed Emshwiller — DREAM DANCE: THE FILMS OF ED EMSHWILLER wraps up tonight with a program of dance and experimental shorts, including FILM WITH THREE DANCERS (1970, 20 min, 16mm).
Come have a sweet night with DUŠAN MAKAVEJEV, CINEMA UNBOUND, now through March 8.
SWEET MOVIE, which Criterion describes as a "full-throated shriek in the face of bourgeois complacency and movie watching" screens Feb 29 at 9:00 and March 4 at 8:45.
Get tickets now! http://bit.ly/AnthologyFilmTickets
February 26 – March 4: Dušan Makavejev, Emshwiller, Members Only, Essential Cinema - https://mailchi.mp/anthologyfilmarchives/feb26_mar4_622483
Tonight at 7:30, Ed Emshwiller SUNSTONE (1979, 4 min, 16mm)
“Symbolic and poetic, SUNSTONE is a pivotal work in the development of an electronic language to articulate three-dimensional space. The opening image is an iconic face, which appears to be electronically ‘carved’ from stone. A mystical third eye, brilliantly crafted from a digital palette, radiates with vibrant transformations of color and texture. Sculpting electronically, Emshwiller then transforms perspectival representation: the archetypal ‘sunstone’ is revealed to be one facet of an open, revolving cube, each side of which holds a simultaneously visible, moving video image.” – @electronicartsintermix
The Flowers of St. Francis | Featured Screening | Screen Slate
Roberto Rossellini followed two of his perhaps most spiritually bleak and devastating films (Germany Year Zero, Stromboli terra di Dio) with his most joyous, the 1950 film The Flowers of St. Francis. Adapted from the anonymous 14th century Italian novel Little Flowers of St. Francis,...
The companion book for the series DREAM DANCE: THE FILMS OF ED EMSHWILLER, Feb 20 – 28 is available for sale at the box office. AFA's own monograph is also available. Come check them out!
The Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller is $33
Intersecting Images: The Cinema of Ed Emshwiller is $7
Our quarterly FREE member's only screening is Emile de Antonio's MILLHOUSE: A WHITE COMEDY. A satirical yet multi-faceted portrait of Richard Nixon, de Antonio’s rarely-seen film has never been more timely.
Monday, March 2, reception at 7:00, screening at 7:30.
Join up here http://bit.ly/MembershipAFA or at the box office!
QUEER GENIUS is a cinematic exploration of four visionary queer artists transcending traditional narratives in their lives, their art, their identities, and their definitions of genius. The film features intertwined portraits of Jibz Cameron, Black Quantum Futurism, Barbara Hammer, and Eileen Myles. Screens March 14 & 15 in THE CINEMA OF GENDER TRANSGRESSION: TRANS FILM, March 10–17
Filmmaker in person!
Tix here: http://bit.ly/AnthologyFilmTickets
This week at Anthology, February 19-26: Ed Emshwiller, Satanic Panic, Dušan Makavejev, NY Women in Film & TV, Essential Cinema - https://mailchi.mp/anthologyfilmarchives/jan29_feb5-622471
Ed Emshwiller LIFELINES (1960, 7 min, 16mm. Preserved through a collaboration between Anthology Film Archives and @LightboxFilmCenter )
DREAM DANCE: THE FILMS OF ED EMSHWILLER, February 20–28
#16mm #filmpreservation #edemshwiller
Beat the crowd! Get your tickets online now!
Next week don't miss our series Dream Dance: the Films of Ed Emshwiller, the first major overview of the artist’s groundbreaking work in film and video. Featuring brand new preservations, including DANCE CHROMATIC (1959).
Tickets available now! http://bit.ly/AnthologyFilmTickets
Come to Anthology for your #ValentinesDay date tonight – we have a lovely necklace for you. (You'll get used to the smell before you know it.)
ROSEMARY'S BABY screens tonight at 9:00! Tickets here: http://bit.ly/AnthologyFilmTickets
Last chance to catch this dark, demonic program tonight at 7:15 PM! Featuring Derek Ford's SECRET RITES, with Kenneth Anger's THE INVOCATION OF MY DEMON BROTHER and Curtis Harrington's THE WORMWOOD STAR.
TICKETS TO ALL REGULAR AFA FILM PROGRAMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!
Don’t worry, we’re not introducing assigned seating or going cashless. What we are doing is giving everyone the opportunity to buy tickets in advance, to avoid the anxiety of a screening selling out before you get to our box office.
Members can buy tickets at the usual member price (without additional service fees) and will also still be able to reserve tickets via email or phone.
Advanced tickets can be purchased at our box office or through our website! http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/buy-tickets
This week at Anthology, February 12–19: Satanic Panic and The Film of Mark Rappaport continue! - https://mailchi.mp/anthologyfilmarchives/feb12_19_622451-622459
The Complicated Personas of Mozart, Rock Hudson, and Jean Seberg
A new retrospective at Anthology Film Archives presents the work of pioneering independent director and film essayist Mark Rappaport.
Motorcycle-shop proprietor Warren Oates and his biker best buddy Peter Fonda, alongside their wives, make the terrible mistake of breaking in their brand-new motor home in a rural county of Texas that turns out to be more Satanic Belt than Sun Belt.
Screening in out Satanic Panic series! Full details here: http://bit.ly/SatanicPanicatAFA
#satanicpanic #peterfonda #warrenoates
A few tickets are still left, and we will release a few more on the night of the event! https://bpt.me/4520127
Jacqueline Castel PRESENTS: SATANIC PANIC: CULTURAL WARFARE IN THE 1980s, including a work-in-progress short excerpt of A MESSAGE FROM THE TEMPLE February 16 at 6:45 PM
Full series details here: http://bit.ly/SatanicPanicatAFA
Richard Brody calls ROCK HUDSON'S HOME MOVIES "one of the most original of all essay-films [...] It’s mainly composed of brief clips from a copious selection of Hudson’s films [...] which, as revealed by Rappaport's incisive analyses, display coded behavior ranging from subtle cruising to blatant homoeroticism, at a time when Hudson’s sexual orientation was an open secret among his peers but carefully hidden from the public. Rappaport adds to these clips a fictional monologue, performed by the actor Eric Farr, who plays Hudson speaking posthumously about the ironies on which his conventionally manly screen persona was based, and the agonies of his double life. This touch of fiction turns the clips of Hudson’s performances into virtual documentaries of his inner self, of Hollywood’s winking mores, and of the repressive times."
It screens Thurs, 2/13 and Sun, 2/16 as part of our Mark Rappaport retro, which starts tonight!
Full series info here: http://bit.ly/RappaportatAFA
4 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend
Our guide to film series and special screenings.
CURTIS HARRINGTON: CINEMA ON THE EDGE is a sweet little monograph published by Anthology on the occasion of our 2005 Harrington retrospective. Curtis did Q&A's at a few of the screenings, which we documented on video, and the editor of the book, filmmaker Amy Greenfield, interviewed Curtis, all of which is available on the companion DVD.
Get them now at our store--the book is only $5, the DVD just $12!
Amy Greenfield says of the book:
"This catalog and series hopefully illuminate his strangely dark yet brightly lit films. It also gives a glimpse of what it is like making films with him--through the words written by a few of the people he worked with, such as Debbie Reynolds and Dennis Hopper. And it reveals the renewed interest and insight young new critics, like Edward Crouse, have in Harrington's work."
#curtisharrington #nighttide #dennishopper
This week at Anthology, February 5–12: ‘Mozart In Love’ and the Cinema of Mark Rappaport, Satanic Panic, If You Can Screen It There: LAPÜ - https://mailchi.mp/anthologyfilmarchives/feb5_12_622451
Two more chances to see Eiichi Yamamoto's eroto-psychedelic masterpiece BELLADONNA OF SADNESS, Friday Feb 7 at 9:00 PM & Sunday Feb 9 at 9:00 PM.
Part of our series THE DEVIL PROBABLY: A CENTURY OF SATANIC PANIC, http://bit.ly/SatanicPanicatAFA
Our tribute to Jonas Mekas carries on with screenings through March and beyond! This week, February 4 at 7:30 PM is JONAS MEKAS: STREET / RITUAL MUSIC PROGRAM including NOTES ON THE CIRCUS (1966, 12 min, 16mm. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation.)
Full retro details here: http://bit.ly/JonasTributeAFA
Our Mark Rappaport retro starts next week! Including CASUAL RELATIONS, which "causally relates love and vampire movies, sound and image, style and obsession, and makes an excellent introduction to Rappaport’s glamorously home-made art cinema.” –Jonathan Rosenbaum
Series details here: http://bit.ly/RappaportatAFA
Sins of The Brothers Kuchar
Monday, February 3, 2020
REDCAT is delighted to welcome legendary artist Mike Kuchar for a program of films and videos made by himself and his late twin brother George. Kuchar, whose visual art is on display at François Ghebaly Gallery, will be on hand to show recent videos and reminisce.
Details and tickets here: https://www.redcat.org/event/sins-brothers-kuchar
Last chance to see GUNS OF THE TREES, tonight at 7:30!
"GUNS OF THE TREES is quite evidently the work of its artist, suffused with the energy of a fierce advocate and the spirit of the poet. There’s no better way, time nor place to appreciate it." -SCREEN SLATE
Notable neighborhood event – tomorrow night at Printed Matter on St. Marks!
Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists' books and other artists' publications.
This week at Anthology, January 29-February 5: The Devil Probably: A Century of Satanic Panic, Jonas Mekas, Essential Cinema - https://mailchi.mp/anthologyfilmarchives/jan29_feb5-622447
“THE SEVENTH VICTIM is a vicious little masterpiece of self-annihilation, where society is more damning than the Satanists.” –Paul Duncan, TASCHEN
35mm print preserved by the Library of Congress screens in our series THE DEVIL PROBABLY, A CENTURY OF SATANIC PANIC on Sat, Feb 1 at 7:00, Mon, Feb 3 at 7:00, and Wed, Feb 5 at 7:00.
Full series details here: http://bit.ly/SatanicPanicatAFA
Series opening night event and screening tickets here: https://bpt.me/4508886
‘MOZART IN LOVE’ AND THE CINEMA OF MARK RAPPAPORT
February 7 – February 18
As part of the series, Anthology premieres the George Eastman Museum’s new preservation of Rappaport's MOZART IN LOVE (1975). A kind of homegrown Straub/Huillet film, with infusions of disarming humor and unapologetic campiness, MOZART IN LOVE is an irreverent and highly unorthodox film about “high” culture, even as it’s infused with a genuine devotion to the music and culture of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Lucien Greaves, spokesman and co-founder of The Satanic Temple, will be here on Friday, January 31 at 8:00 to launch the film series, "The Devil Probably: A Century of Satanic Panic." He'll lead a black mass ritual and give an illustrated lecture before the screening of the legendary HÄXAN.
Tickets available now at https://bpt.me/4508886
Greaves will also appear the next day, Saturday, February 1 at 4:00, to present Penny Lane’s Satanic Temple-themed documentary HAIL SATAN? (2019).
Full series details here: http://bit.ly/SatanicPanicatAFA
Join us on Sunday to celebrate the release of Jonas Mekas's 'I Seem to Live. The New York Diaries, 1950-2011,' published by Spector Books. There will be readings from the diaries, featuring Ken & Flo Jacobs, Vyt Baikitis, Ed Sanders, Stella Schnabel, George Capsis, Shannon Plumb, Chuck Smith, Richard Barone, and Phong Bui. Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 pm.
Limited edition risograph reprint of the original broadside distributed at the premiere of Jonas Mekas's GUNS OF THE TREES, available now, at the box office only! Features restoration program notes on the reverse. Only $1!
As we mark one year since his passing, we wanted to share a note from Jonas about his - and our - beloved Anthology, written ca. 2005...
Guns of the Trees | Featured Screening | Screen Slate
Today is the one year anniversary of the death of Jonas Mekas — poet, filmmaker, and tireless champion of avant-garde cinema through his writing, editing, publishing, programming, and founding of organizations such as Anthology Film Archives and the Film-Makers’ Coop. And in more or less...
Jonas Mekas and the Weight of Memory
Jonas Mekas, the grandfather of avant-garde cinema, lives on in "I Seem To Live," the massive first volume in a new collection of his diaries.
January 22–29: Guns of the Trees Restoration Premiere, Chilean Experimental Films, NYWIFT - https://mailchi.mp/anthologyfilmarchives/jan22_29_2020
Years in the works, our 35mm restoration of #JonasMekas debut film GUNS OF THE TREES, restored by Anthology Film Archives and The Film Foundation with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation, premieres Thurs, Jan 23!
Starting Jan 31, our expansive series THE DEVIL PROBABLY: A CENTURY OF SATANIC PANIC includes 17 features and many shorts, from early silent films to recent documentaries, from ROSEMARY'S BABY to Kenneth Anger.
RAPSODIA SATANICA by Nino Oxilia (1917, 55 min, 35mm, silent.)
“The individualized characterizations of 'Mother'[...] is the first but not the only distinguishing quality that separates Pudovkin's work from that of Eisenstein. Léon Moussinac has further clarified this in an epigram, ‘an Eisenstein film resembles a shout, while a film by Pudovkin is comparable to a song’—a song not lyrical alone, however, but in turn sad, bitter, angry, heroic.” –Jay Leyda
MOTHER / MAT screens Sunday 1/19 at 4:30, as part of #EssentialCinema
Poster image: @posteritati
“These images are meant to play not on our rational senses, but on the infinite universe of ambiguity within us.” –Sidney Peterson
EC Sidney Peterson program screens Sat, Jan 18 at 5:30.
#EssentialCinema is FREE for members, only $9 General Admission!
THE POTTED PSALM (1946, 19 min, 16mm)
The Naked Fog | Featured Screening | Screen Slate
Considered completely lost for decades, Joe Sarno’s exquisitely pervy tone poem The Naked Fog is now gracing screens for the first time since its 1966 release. Thanks to an anonymous eBay collector and the restoration specialists at Film Media, the film is now ready to resume standing among its...
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