Anthology Film Archives

Anthology Film Archives The home of experimental cinema in NYC. Anthology is a center for the exhibition, preservation, and study of independent and artist-made film and video.
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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

A reminder that TONIGHT at 8PM is the Ken Jacobs live screening - MOVIE THAT INVITES PAUSING, plus a Q&A with Ken follow...
05/28/2020

A reminder that TONIGHT at 8PM is the Ken Jacobs live screening - MOVIE THAT INVITES PAUSING, plus a Q&A with Ken following the screening of the new work, moderated by Anthology’s Archivist, John Klacsmann. Watch at 8:00PM EST at twitch.tv/screenslate

Read more about it here:
https://bit.ly/KJLiveatAFA⁠
https://screenslate.com/articles/238

In addition to the premiere of Ken Jacobs's MOVIE THAT INVITES PAUSING, at Ken's request we will also be screening Thing...
05/27/2020

In addition to the premiere of Ken Jacobs's MOVIE THAT INVITES PAUSING, at Ken's request we will also be screening Things To Come, which showed at MoMA in January. (Total program 59 min)
+ live chat with Anthology’s Archivist, John Klacsmann.

https://bit.ly/KJLiveatAFA
https://screenslate.com/articles/238

Procrastinators beware: today is the LAST DAY to watch Jonas Mekas's NOTES ON AN AMERICAN FILM DIRECTOR AT WORK: MARTIN ...
05/26/2020

Procrastinators beware: today is the LAST DAY to watch Jonas Mekas's NOTES ON AN AMERICAN FILM DIRECTOR AT WORK: MARTIN SCORSESE! It's FREE on our Vimeo channel! vimeo.com/anthologyfilmarchives

In Jonas’s words: “I originally met Martin Scorsese when he was still a film student at the New York University. He used to come to my film screenings. But our real friendship began when he made his first feature film, WHO’S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR. I was asked to make a film about Marty to introduce a retrospective of his films. As it happened, Marty was shooting THE DEPARTED at that time. I asked him if I could follow him for a week or two, and he said yes. So that’s how this film happened. It’s a chamber kind of movie, a personal tribute to a friend.”

On Thursday, May 28, Anthology collaborates with @screenslate to present a live online screening of a brand-new work by ...
05/26/2020

On Thursday, May 28, Anthology collaborates with @screenslate to present a live online screening of a brand-new work by Ken Jacobs, MOVIE THAT INVITES PAUSING (2020, 24 min, digital), in its online premiere! This screening is part of Screen Slate’s new online streaming series Stream Slate, taking place in partnership with different artists, venues, and archives. For the event on May 28, Ken Jacobs will participate live, for a Q&A following the screening of the new work, moderated by Anthology’s Archivist, John Klacsmann. Watch at 8:00PM EST at twitch.tv/screenslate Details screenslate.com/articles/241

This weekend only!: We're presenting a special streaming engagement of filmmaker Jessica Sarah Rinland's extraordinary n...
05/23/2020

This weekend only!: We're presenting a special streaming engagement of filmmaker Jessica Sarah Rinland's extraordinary new feature film, THOSE THAT, AT A DISTANCE, RESEMBLE ANOTHER, as well as a one-program selection of her earlier short films. Rinland's films gravitate around themes relating to the natural sciences, and the intersections between natural, social, and economic histories. Her work has also demonstrated a striking preoccupation with, and sensitivity to, the tactility of surfaces and textures, whether human, animal, organic, or mineral.
As a special bonus, Rinland will be taking part in a live Q&A via Zoom, on Sunday, May 24 at 3:00pm EST. Details here: https://bit.ly/RinlandQAatAFA

"Yet every smartphone is a movie camera, and, if the shutdown of productions can do anything at all for filmmakers, perh...
05/23/2020
What to Stream: Nanni Moretti’s “Dear Diary” and the Power of the Film Camera as Sketchbook

"Yet every smartphone is a movie camera, and, if the shutdown of productions can do anything at all for filmmakers, perhaps it will restore to them the practice of using their cameras as sketchbooks, filming what’s at hand and what’s in the street with a diary-like impressionism."

The nostalgic charm of Moretti’s semi-autobiographical film, and of two short films of New York cityscapes by Lowell Bodger, holds a particular poignancy right now.

Radical filmmaker Želimir Žilnik’s pioneering work of Serbian queer cinema, MARBLE ASS (1995) screens this weekend as pa...
05/22/2020

Radical filmmaker Želimir Žilnik’s pioneering work of Serbian queer cinema, MARBLE ASS (1995) screens this weekend as part of our series THE CINEMA OF GENDER TRANSGRESSION, May 20 – June 2. https://bit.ly/TransOnlineAFA

WOLF HOUSE FANS, join in a FREE Q&A TONIGHT, May 21st at 9 pm EDT (6 pm PT) with the filmmaking team Joaquín Cociña and ...
05/21/2020

WOLF HOUSE FANS, join in a FREE Q&A TONIGHT, May 21st at 9 pm EDT (6 pm PT) with the filmmaking team Joaquín Cociña and Cristóbal León, moderated by film critic Carlos Aguilar and hosted by KimStim, at https://www.facebook.com/kimstimfilms/

May is #NationalPhotographyMonth and we are offering 20% off all our photographs on sale at Artspace and our online stor...
05/18/2020

May is #NationalPhotographyMonth and we are offering 20% off all our photographs on sale at Artspace and our online store! Including Ralph Steiner's Untitled, 1965 (Gelatin silver print.)

Check them out here (link in bio too!): https://bit.ly/AFAPhotoSale
and here: https://bit.ly/MorePhotosatAFA

05/16/2020

“If an Orwellian fable were to be visualized by a surrealist in the vein of Salvador Dali, the result would look and feel something like THE WOLF HOUSE, a jaw-dropping marriage of various animation techniques.” –VARIETY
"THE WOLF HOUSE looks like no other film, which makes its horrific imagery all the more difficult to shake from your head. –HYPERALLERGIC
Watch THE WOLF HOUSE in it's virtual premiere run now! https://bit.ly/WatchTheWolfHouseAFA

"Probably my favorite thing I watched this week, [Jonas Mekas's 'Notes on an American Film Director at Work: Martin Scor...
05/15/2020
Indie Focus: A mobster's weird spiral in 'Capone'

"Probably my favorite thing I watched this week, [Jonas Mekas's 'Notes on an American Film Director at Work: Martin Scorsese'] is a fascinating document, giving some sense of the focus and intensity Scorsese brings to his work, but also capturing the odd start-stop rhythms of film production. I mean, do you want to watch Martin Scorsese lift handweights between takes? Of course you do."

Another edition of your regular field guide to the world of movies in your living room and beyond.

05/15/2020

"Comparisons with visionary animators like Jan Svankmajer and the Quay Brothers might not be inapt, but they also won’t do the trick — these filmmakers have a perspective and a voice that feels entirely new. The film surprises, with incredible force, in every one of its 75 minutes." Glen Kenny, NY TIMES.
U.S. virtual theatrical release: https://bit.ly/WatchTheWolfHouseAFA

THE WOLF HOUSE is a NEW YORK TIMES Critic's Pick!"These filmmakers have a perspective and a voice that feels entirely ne...
05/14/2020

THE WOLF HOUSE is a NEW YORK TIMES Critic's Pick!
"These filmmakers have a perspective and a voice that feels entirely new. The film surprises, with incredible force, in every one of its 75 minutes."
Plus, THE WASHINGTON POST says, “a stunning, haunting, unforgettable accomplishment.”
Watch THE WOLF HOUSE it in its U.S. virtual theatrical release: https://bit.ly/WatchTheWolfHouseAFA

"A brilliantly acted tale of human devastation in a devastated land, namely the Kabardino–Balkarian Republic in the Nort...
05/14/2020

"A brilliantly acted tale of human devastation in a devastated land, namely the Kabardino–Balkarian Republic in the North Caucasus. Where BEANPOLE is profoundly humanist and disorientingly florid, CLOSENESS—set in Balagov’s hometown of Nalchik in the late 1990s, the period of his childhood—is another sort of tour de force: raw and brutally transgressive." –J. Hoberman in NYRB, read it here: https://bit.ly/3cthMWA
CLOSENESS and BEANPOLE are available to stream until Tuesday, May 19
Here: https://bit.ly/ClosenessAFA and https://bit.ly/BeanpoleAtAFA

"A brilliantly acted tale of human devastation in a devastated land, namely the Kabardino–Balkarian Republic in the Nort...
05/13/2020
My Quarantine: Cannes, Interrupted

"A brilliantly acted tale of human devastation in a devastated land, namely the Kabardino–Balkarian Republic in the North Caucasus. Where Beanpole is profoundly humanist and disorientingly florid, Closeness—set in Balagov’s hometown of Nalchik in the late 1990s, the period of his childhood—is another sort of tour de force: raw and brutally transgressive."

With this year’s Cannes Film Festival canceled, the Criterion Channel is revisiting the last edition that was also called off. Amid widespread demonstrations against the firing of Cinémathèque Française founder Henri Langlois for confounding the officious culture minister André Malraux, Cannes...

To celebrate #NationalPhotographyMonth we are offering 20% off all our photographs on sale at Artspace and our online st...
05/12/2020

To celebrate #NationalPhotographyMonth we are offering 20% off all our photographs on sale at Artspace and our online store! Including Robert Polidori's 'The Editing Table of Jonas Mekas' (2011).
Check them out here: https://bit.ly/AFAPhotoSale
and here: https://bit.ly/MorePhotosatAFA

Our limited streaming engagement of Kantemir Balagov’s CLOSENESS / TESNOTA (2017, 118 min) continues this week via Kino ...
05/11/2020

Our limited streaming engagement of Kantemir Balagov’s CLOSENESS / TESNOTA (2017, 118 min) continues this week via Kino Lorber’s virtual theatrical exhibition initiative, Kino Marquee.
Plus, Balagov’s follow-up film BEANPOLE (2019) available via Kino Marquee as well!
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https://bit.ly/ClosenessAFA
https://bit.ly/BeanpoleAtAFA

One May program that we will not be able to reschedule later in 2020 is our #MothersDay series, Mother5. But happily, th...
05/08/2020

One May program that we will not be able to reschedule later in 2020 is our #MothersDay series, Mother5. But happily, thanks to Magnolia Pictures, we’re able to offer an online streaming engagement of Bong Joon-ho’s MOTHER (MADEO), with 50% of the rental sales benefiting Anthology. Watch it here: https://bit.ly/MotheratAFA
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Two of the other films are also available online: Mikio Naruse’s MOTHER (OKAASAN) is on the Criterion Channel; Albert Brooks’s MOTHER is on multiple platforms (Amazon, Google, Tubi, Vudu, and YouTube).
Have your own #MothersDay film festival at home!

The staff and board of Anthology want to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone who made a donation and joined/renewed th...
05/06/2020

The staff and board of Anthology want to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone who made a donation and joined/renewed their membership during our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign! Your generosity completely surpassed our expectations and it means so much to know that you all have embraced this organization and our mission!
We can't wait until we can watch movies together again in the Maya Deren and Courthouse theaters, but in the meantime we hope you are able to get your Anthology fix through the free films we're offering on our vimeo page and our select virtual releases!
https://vimeo.com/anthologyfilmarchives

There are still a few hours left to contribute to Anthology’s #GivingTuesdayNow campaign, and help us sustain our missio...
05/06/2020

There are still a few hours left to contribute to Anthology’s #GivingTuesdayNow campaign, and help us sustain our mission during the closure, and be able to continue preserving at-risk films, presenting challenging works of cinema, and promoting a diversity of voices on film when we reopen!
#GivingTuesdayNow

In addition to our core repertory program, The Essential Cinema, which was organized by Anthology’s founders in an attem...
05/05/2020

In addition to our core repertory program, The Essential Cinema, which was organized by Anthology’s founders in an attempt to define the art of cinema, Anthology is focused on showcasing work by emerging artists who face limited commercial prospects and who are just beginning their careers as independent artists.

Last year we screened two films by Cameroonian / Belgian filmmaker Rosine Mbakam, who joined us in person: Chez Jolie Coiffure and Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman. Both films explore the dislocation of emigration, and helped introduce her impressive and impactful voice.

#GivingTuesdayNow

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Film programmer Jed Rapfogel with Mbakam in the lobby at Anthology.
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Rosine Mbakam, CHEZ JOLIE COIFFURE (2018)

Each year Anthology presents more than 1,000 screenings featuring important works by American independent and experiment...
05/05/2020

Each year Anthology presents more than 1,000 screenings featuring important works by American independent and experimental filmmakers; premiere screenings of feature films and documentaries from the U.S. and abroad; and thematic series and retrospectives surveying facets of world cinema. This work simply would not be possible without your support and knowing that there is a community of curious and adventurous cinephiles who are looking for challenges and seeking out unfamiliar voices when they go to the movies.

An example is our recent and long-overdue retrospective of Holly Fisher’s career, showed a filmmaker who since the late 1960s has been as prolific, but without enjoying the degree of attention and acclaim that her work richly deserves.

#GivingTuesdayNow

Anthology is committed to experimental and risk-taking filmmakers, restoring and preserving artistically and historicall...
05/05/2020

Anthology is committed to experimental and risk-taking filmmakers, restoring and preserving artistically and historically important films and videos of the avant-garde and artist-film movements that are often neglected or ignored. Anthology makes dozens of endangered and inaccessible works available for public exhibition, distribution, and research annually.

For instance, last summer we presented the work of David Brooks who began making films as a teenager, soon after meeting Jonas Mekas. His singular works, which typically combine mesmerizing sound collages with lush imagery from his daily life, are lyrical, personal, honest, and transcendent.

We presented all six of his completed films made before his tragic death in 1969, at age 24, including the preservation premieres of his two best remembered works, NIGHTSPRING DAYSTAR and WINTER ’64-’66, both preserved through the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Avant-Garde Masters Grant program and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

#GivingTuesdayNow #filmpreservation #16mm #16mmfilm

Today on #GivingTuesdayNow consider how Anthology and other arts organizations and small non-profits impact your life by...
05/05/2020

Today on #GivingTuesdayNow consider how Anthology and other arts organizations and small non-profits impact your life by engaging and challenging you and show your support! - https://mailchi.mp/anthologyfilmarchives/update_4_8_2020-622552
Still of Peter Hutton's NEW YORK PORTRAIT: CHAPTER 1 (1978-79), preserved by Anthology Film Archives with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Join us tomorrow, May 5th for #GivingTuesdayNow – a new global day of giving created as an emergency response to the unp...
05/04/2020

Join us tomorrow, May 5th for #GivingTuesdayNow – a new global day of giving created as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Support Anthology by making a donation, becoming a member, or renewing your membership to help us continue to achieve our mission of preserving, presenting, and promoting experimental, independent, artist-made cinema, both past and present!
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(Lizzie Borden BORN IN FLAMES. 1983, 85 min, 16mm-to-35mm. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with restoration funding by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. Laboratory services by Video and Film Solutions and Audio Mechanics.)

"CLOSENESS is a tough-minded, rigorously composed, quite brilliantly acted story of the challenges of everyday religious...
05/04/2020

"CLOSENESS is a tough-minded, rigorously composed, quite brilliantly acted story of the challenges of everyday religious prejudice and ethnic divides in the bleak heart of Russia’s North Caucasus, and in many ways Balagov’s uncompromising but stylized social realism rewards as much as it punishes." –VARIETY
Streaming now at our virtual cinema via Kino Marquee!
https://bit.ly/ClosenessAFA

Thanks to COVID-19, our film series CINEMA YEAR ZERO has been postponed. However, two highlights from the series – Alain...
04/28/2020

Thanks to COVID-19, our film series CINEMA YEAR ZERO has been postponed. However, two highlights from the series – Alain Resnais’s NIGHT AND FOG and Roberto Rossellini’s GERMANY YEAR ZERO – are available to stream via @Criterioncollection channel. If you’re a subscriber to the Criterion Channel, you can get a sneak preview of the series there.
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CINEMA YEAR ZERO: In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, this series focuses on the fragile moment between the end of WWII and the solidification of the Cold War, with 1945 as what we might call “Cinema Year Zero.” It examines how cinema was utilized to bear witness to the horrors unleashed by the war, and explores its role in the process of rebuilding a physically and morally devastated world.

Jonas Mekas’s WALDEN and LOST LOST LOST are now available for online rental via Kino Lorber’s “Kino Marquee” service. Th...
04/27/2020

Jonas Mekas’s WALDEN and LOST LOST LOST are now available for online rental via Kino Lorber’s “Kino Marquee” service. The films can be streamed for $9 each, with 50% of the rental income going to Anthology, to help us weather our closure. To access both films, click: https://bit.ly/MekasAtKinoLorber

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Subway: F trains to 2nd Avenue, walk two blocks north on 2nd Avenue to 2nd Street. #6 to Bleecker St., walk one block North on Lafayette, two blocks east on Bond St. (turns into 2nd St.) to 2nd Avenue. Bus: M15 to 3rd Street.

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Hello everybody! just booked a flight from Italy to NY on Oct 10th cuz I'd love to attend the Nathaniel Dorsky's screenings on Oct 11-12-13. Since I read that, if all the members will be at the screening I'll be cut out, what may I do in order to be a hundred percent positive about my attendance? thanks a lot
Ernie Kovacs anticipated video art by about 15 years, and did it on prime time network TV. See it with an audience tonight in NYC at the AFA!
Want to thank Barney Oldfield and the NewFilmmakers NY - SummerFest 2019, for screening Kins Productions short film, HORROR ANONYMOUS.
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Thank you so much for including Door Step in the New Film Maker Series! We were so excited to have our premiere at such a prestigious and beautiful venue. Thanks for letting us linger, we didn’t want the night to end. Stay in touch!
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