Support The American Genre Film Archive!

By Dr. Know on April 30th, 2014

Have you ever wondered just what the heck happens to the movies that aren’t welcome in the archives at AFI, The National Film Registry, UCLA or the Museum of Modern Art? What happens to those gloriously cheesy drive-in monster movies and kung fu double features that never made it to the digital age? I’d say some of them are worth saving, wouldn’t you?

The American Genre Film Archive thinks so. The Austin-based archive was founded in 2009 with a mission of preserving “horror, sleaze, action, and independent regional filmmaking, as well as international genre cinema with an emphasis on films from Hong Kong.” Board members include directors Paul Thomas Anderson and Nicholas Winding Refn, as well as Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League. Many of the more than 3,000 prints housed in AGFA’s archive were quite literally saved from the incinerator—not to mention storage units, landfills, and trash barges headed for the ocean.

Now, thankfully, AGFA has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the digital preservation of some of the rarest titles in their archive,—titles that can’t be lent out, because AGFA’s copy is the only one that exists. AGFA advisor and Austin Film Society programmer Lars Nilsen says that, “AGFA’s longer term goal is to one day carefully restore and strike new 35mm prints of these films. But for now, the main effort is to make sure they stay accessible for everyone and [are] not just sitting on a shelf.”

Check it out!