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Anthology Film Archives, Inc. (New York, NY 10009-7654)
John Klacsmann (Project Director: May 2017 to present)

Anthology Film Archives'(AFA) Film and Video Cold Vault Storage Upgrade

The purchase of steel shelving to store part of a collection consisting of approximately 25,000 independent, avant-garde, and artist-made films and videos.  They include works by Stan Brakhage, Shirley Clarke, Joseph Cornell, Mayan Daren, and other American filmmakers, dating from 1899 to the present. Anthology’s collections are regularly accessed by scholars, students, curators, writers, and artists. They have been used in preparations for books, journal articles, dissertations, general scholarly work, museum and gallery exhibitions, and film screenings. Prints and digitized versions are frequently loaned to theaters and institutions around the world; they include the British Film Institute, the Broad Museum, the Cinémathèque de Toulouse, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Anthology Film Archives seeks funding to replace and upgrade shelving for film print storage in its on-site film vault. Anthology's archive maintains a collection of ca. 20,000 films and 5,000 videotapes, and preserves a range of 25-40 films each year. Anthology's unique mission is to preserve, present, and promote independent, avant-garde, and artist-made cinema; its collections are of local, national, and international significance, encompassing the multifaceted history of American and international experimental cinema. AFA's collections are of high research value for the scholarly study of moving images, specifically 20th-century American avant-garde and independent filmmaking. This project will help to safeguard a large portion of AFA's film print collection, mostly 16mm celluloid films, by creating more efficient and secure long-term storage for our film holdings in all formats from 16mm and 35mm, to 8mm and Super-8mm.


Project fields:
Film History and Criticism

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019