For Immediate Release:
Announcing a unique film series available for public and classroom
screenings either as the complete 15-part retrospective or as individual
programs in 35mm and 16mm:
UNSEEN CINEMA: EARLY AMERICAN AVANT-GARDE FILM 1893-1941
A Travelling Retrospective Series of Restored and Preserved Films
Detailing the Unknown Accomplishments of American Pioneer Filmmakers
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, July 14 - September 9
Anthology Film Archives, New York, September 8 - October 11
American Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, New York, September 15 - 16
UNSEEN CINEMA is a first-ever, comprehensive retrospective of the pre-Maya
Deren inspired avant-garde film movement in America. Over 145 films in
newly restored 35mm and 16mm film prints will survey the hitherto unknown
accomplishments of pioneer filmmakers working in the United States and
abroad during the formative period of American film. The series postulates
an innovative and often controversial view of experimental cinema as a
product of avant-garde artists, Hollywood directors, and amateur
movie-makers working collectively and as individuals at all levels of film
production. Many of the films have not been available since their creation
over a century ago, some have never been previously screened in public, and
almost all have been unavailable in pristine projection prints until now.
Bruce Posner, curator
The retrospective is organized by Anthology Film Archives, New York, and
Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, as a collaborative film
Film preservation, exhibition, and catalog is made possible through the
generous support of Cineric, Inc.,New York, a full service film production,
restoration, and preservation lab.
With additional support provided by Film Preservation Associates, Robert A.
Haller, Eastman Kodak Company, WRS Film and Video Laboratory, Le Giornate
del Cinema Muto 1999, XVIII edizione, New Hampshire Humanities Council, New
Hampshire State Council on the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts and
National Endowment for the Arts, Department of Film and Television Studies
at Dartmouth College, Howe Library, The Main Street Museum of Art.,
Footage.net, VideoMax, and private contributions.
Exhibition catalog edited and annotated by Bruce Posner.
136 pages with 24 pages of illustrations, soft-bound.
Publisher: Anthology Film Archives
Films available from Anthology Film Archives for booking through December
For more information, contact:
Robert A. Haller
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Fax: (212) 477-2714
Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama: http://www.tcf.ua.edu