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IndieCollect IndieCollect is a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve, archive, and catalog independent American cinema. This is a program of the Laboratory for Icon & Idiom, Inc.

IndieCollect is advocating for conservation of the entire field of independent cinema, across all genres, including fiction, non-fiction, hybrid and experimental works. Independent films represent alternative voices, innovative storytelling techniques, geographical and demographic diversity, and they tackle a vast array of topics. IndieCollect intends to make an eloquent case for how each film fits into the nation’s social and artistic fabric and why this or that archive might wish to safeguard the work. In the largest sense, IndieCollect’s mission is to insure that when the history of motion pictures is written at the end of this century, the work of independent filmmakers will not have been eclipsed.

Mission: The IndieCollect Mission: - Save American independent films from the risk of extinction, whether through neglect or through faulty preservation strategies. - Educate filmmakers about the urgent need to preserve our collective body of work. - Secure long-term archival storage for indie films at no cost to filmmakers. - Register every indie title in our IndieCollect Index so that each film becomes discoverable.

SATURDAY, JULY 13 @ 6:30: Watch recently-restored The Atomic Cafe!Our friends at Metrograph in Lower Manhattan are prese...
07/09/2019
SECRET HISTORIES: THE FILMS OF KEVIN RAFFERTY & FRIENDS | Metrograph

SATURDAY, JULY 13 @ 6:30: Watch recently-restored The Atomic Cafe!

Our friends at Metrograph in Lower Manhattan are presenting a three-day retrospective of the work of documentary filmmaker Kevin Rafferty and his co-directors. We are so excited that IndieCollect's 4K restoration of THE ATOMIC CAFE (1982) will screen as part of the tribute!

Tickets available here: http://metrograph.com/series/series/235/secret-histories-the-films-of-kevin-rafferty-friends

Metrograph is a new Manhattan movie theater devoted to screening archive-quality 35mm prints and new films in state-of-the-art digital projection.

Earlier this week, the Academy invited 842 new members into its ranks. We'd like to say a huge congratulations to the fo...
07/08/2019
Academy Invites 842 New Members

Earlier this week, the Academy invited 842 new members into its ranks. We'd like to say a huge congratulations to the following friends of IndieCollect who have become inductees!

* Rosalind Chao – star of the recently-restored "Thousand Piece of Gold" (also “I Am Sam” and “The Joy Luck Club”)

* Director Neema Barnette

Fellow New Day Films members: Kim Reed, Carrie Lozano, PJ Raval

* Steve Bognar, Julia Reichert’s co-director

* Producers Dolly Hall, John Lesher, Scott Macaulay,

* Execs Richard Abramowitz, Richard Lorber, Meyer Shwartzstein, Shelby Stone, John Vanco

* European colleagues Michele Halberstadt, Eric Lagesse and Ulrike Ottinger

* Columbia grad Lauren Wolkstein

* Editor Randall Balsmeyer

* Writer Jim McKay

* Buzz Hays (our Google partner)

Congratulations again to our friends and to the many others who make up the increasingly diverse and inclusive Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences!

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/new-academy-members-2019-revealed-full-list-1221972

The organization behind the Oscars has worked to dramatically expand its member roster over the past several years to become more inclusive and globally focused.

Excited to share the news of the release of AMERICAN FACTORY on Netflix by Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar, via the Obam...
06/27/2019
Netflix Picks Release Date for Obamas’ First Oscar Contender, ‘American Factory’ — Exclusive

Excited to share the news of the release of AMERICAN FACTORY on Netflix by Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar, via the Obamas' Higher Ground Productions!

A retrospective of Julia's career is currently touring the US, including screenings of IndieCollect's recently-restored "Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists" co-directed with Jim Klein.

https://www.indiewire.com/2019/06/netflix-obamas-american-factory-lands-oscar-release-date-1202152917/

This marks the first title from the Obamas' Higher Ground Productions to premiere on the streaming service.

Wishing we were in the South of France on this wet and windy day in NYC...Here's IndieCollect president Sandra Schulberg...
06/25/2019

Wishing we were in the South of France on this wet and windy day in NYC...Here's IndieCollect president Sandra Schulberg with her Columbia University Producing MFA class during this year's Festival de Cannes!

NYT TIMES READ: "Women Make Gains in Indie Films, Study Says"A new study titled “Indie Woman” confirms what IndieCol...
06/24/2019
Women Make Gains in Indie Films, Study Says

NYT TIMES READ: "Women Make Gains in Indie Films, Study Says"

A new study titled “Indie Woman” confirms what IndieCollect has been saying all along. Women at the helm and in other key roles behind the camera are a force in indie film, especially compared with studio-financed entertainment. That has been true for a long time and the trend keeps going in the right direction.
We have tried (and failed) to push CLIR and other major funders to keep films by women directors accessible by investing in their digitization. Please help bring more pressure to bear. Reply to this post or create your own and tag #SaveIndieFilm.

Thank you!

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/18/movies/women-filmmakers.html

They’re directing, writing and producing independently made movies at record levels. They are also hiring more women.

06/24/2019
Maiden (2019) | GoWatchIt

Ahoy there friends! We love nothing more than real-life stories about superstar women, so grab your crew and see MAIDEN, the feel good movie of the summer about the first all-female race team to sail around the world. #MaidenFilm sails into NY & LA theaters on June 28 and opens everywhere this July!

Tickets are on sale now: http://gwi.io/djci6h

Maiden - Directed by Alex Holmes.

Congrats to Julia Reichert on launch of her MoMA retrospective! Hear Julia’s radio interview on WNYC-FM’s "All Of It...
06/03/2019
Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists. 1983. Directed by Julia Reichert, Jim Klein | MoMA

Congrats to Julia Reichert on launch of her MoMA retrospective! Hear Julia’s radio interview on WNYC-FM’s "All Of It".
IndieCollect’s restoration of SEEING RED, which she made with Jim Klein, screens again at MoMA this Wednesday, June 5 at 7pm.
To purchase tickets: https://www.moma.org/calendar/events/5555

Film. June 5. Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists. 1983. USA. Directed by Julia Reichert, Jim Klein. 100 min. Seeing Red recounts the forgotten history and adventures of ordinary Americans who joined the Communist Party, and the high price many of them paid during the Red Scare in the 1950s.....

More from Festival de Cannes 2019 - Sandra Schulberg and Col Needham, founder of IMDB, at the Carlton Hotel!
05/24/2019

More from Festival de Cannes 2019 - Sandra Schulberg and Col Needham, founder of IMDB, at the Carlton Hotel!

More photos from Cannes! Sandra Schulberg with Joana Vicente, Amy Dotson, Victor Nunez and her Columbia students at the ...
05/20/2019

More photos from Cannes! Sandra Schulberg with Joana Vicente, Amy Dotson, Victor Nunez and her Columbia students at the IFP reception at Festival de Cannes

Festival de Cannes 2019 is in full swing! Here's a photo of Sydney Levine, Sandra Schulberg and Peter Belsito in the hea...
05/16/2019

Festival de Cannes 2019 is in full swing! Here's a photo of Sydney Levine, Sandra Schulberg and Peter Belsito in the heart of the action!

Dont miss AN ALL-COLORED VITAPHONE SHOW on May 20th @ 6:20pm at Film Forum!Former IndieCollect team member and artist an...
05/10/2019
AN ALL-COLORED VITAPHONE SHOW @ THE FILM FORUM

Dont miss AN ALL-COLORED VITAPHONE SHOW on May 20th @ 6:20pm at Film Forum!

Former IndieCollect team member and artist and archivist Ina Archer, of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, presents early sound shorts starring Black artists, mostly filmed at Brooklyn’s Vitaphone studios.

For tickets, go to: http://filmforum.org/events/event/an-all-colored-vitaphone-show-presented-by-ina-archer

See you there!

More info on Ina's blog:
https://continuumfilmblog.typepad.com/black_leader/2019/05/a-dream-come-true-aka-an-all-colored-vitaphone-show-.html?fbclid=IwAR3Uyth48hIAwNFjWlSyzzF1WLMnIrn04Lqg6S2XlPZ5ww-ytdZ4UIClBUY

We had an absolute blast at Ebertfest in Champaign, IL where IndieCollect's 4K restoration of Horace Jenkins' largely un...
04/30/2019

We had an absolute blast at Ebertfest in Champaign, IL where IndieCollect's 4K restoration of Horace Jenkins' largely unseen 1982 treasure CANE RIVER screened alongside a host of other wonderful films! Sandra Schulberg even received a hallowed "Thumbs Up" Award for the film (cast from Roger's very own hand!) Here are some wonderful pictures from the event, featuring Sandra, Chaz Ebert, Marc and Nicole Millerm CANE RIVER director Horace's children: Sacha and Dominique Jenkins, Tommye Merrick (the lead actress in the film) and Phyllis Johnson.

TOMORROW AT NYU's Michelson Theater AT 6pm,join Sandra Schulberg to hear the founders of Women Make Movies- Ariel Doughe...
04/23/2019
Excavating Feminist Histories: Early Productions from Women Make Movies

TOMORROW AT NYU's Michelson Theater AT 6pm,
join Sandra Schulberg to hear the founders of Women Make Movies- Ariel Dougherty & Sheila Page - talk and show films.
The event is moderated by former IndieCollect Scholar-in-Residence Tanya Goldman.

Details:
Excavating Feminist Film Histories 4/24 @ 6pm
Michelson Theater, NYU
https://tisch.nyu.edu/cinema-studies/events/spring-2019/excavating-histories-women-make-movies

Presentation on the early works produced by Women Make Movies featuring screening and discussion. Discussion moderated by Tanya Goldman (PhD candidate, Cinema Studies) with Women Make Movies co-founders Ariel Dougherty and Sheila Paige, and Dr. Alexandra Juhasz, Chair of the Film Department, Brookly...

We are very sad to hear the news of Seymour Cassel, who has died at 84. Seymour gave a fabulous lead performance in Alex...
04/09/2019
Seymour Cassel, beloved actor in John Cassavetes’ films, dies at 84

We are very sad to hear the news of Seymour Cassel, who has died at 84. Seymour gave a fabulous lead performance in Alexandre Rockwell's "IN THE SOUP" (1992) which we were lucky to see once more on the big screen at this year's Queens World Film Festival at the Museum of Moving Images. He will be missed.

https://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-seymour-cassel-dead-20190408-story.html

Seymour Cassel, the prolific independent film actor who starred in “Faces” and several other John Cassavetes films, has died. He was 84.

Many thanks to June Cloutier for more wonderful pictures of "Spirit of Queens" Honorees Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto p...
04/08/2019

Many thanks to June Cloutier for more wonderful pictures of "Spirit of Queens" Honorees Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto presenting THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD (restored by IndieCollect) at this years Queens World Film Festival!

Read this wonderful article by Discover DTLA about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Restoration Summit, moderat...
04/08/2019
Film Restoration Summit

Read this wonderful article by Discover DTLA about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Restoration Summit, moderated by IndieCollect president, Sandra Schulberg!

https://discoverdtla.com/articles/filmsummit

Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents a summit on film restoration in DTLA’s The Theater at Ace Hotel. Will an evolving crisis in saving our world’s cinematic heritage be solved?!

We are heartbroken to hear the news of Agnès' death. Only a few months ago, Sandra and Agnès were both recipients of t...
03/29/2019
Agnès Varda, Influential French New Wave Filmmaker, Dies at 90

We are heartbroken to hear the news of Agnès' death. Only a few months ago, Sandra and Agnès were both recipients of the Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival 2019 Kamera Award. Agnès work and her incredible impact on independent film will live on.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/29/obituaries/agnes-varda-dead.html

Ms. Varda was closely associated with the movement known as the New Wave, although her reimagining of cinematic conventions actually predated it.

IN THE SOUP [The IndieCollect Restoration] had the audience in stitches at screening organized by outgoing MOMI curator ...
03/29/2019

IN THE SOUP [The IndieCollect Restoration] had the audience in stitches at screening organized by outgoing MOMI curator David Schwartz. David was honored with QWFF “Spirit of Queens” Award and used the occasion to invite director Alex Rockwell to present the iconic indie film in person.

We are excited to return to the Queens World Film Festival this evening for Nancy Kelly's THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD!Here's...
03/26/2019

We are excited to return to the Queens World Film Festival this evening for Nancy Kelly's THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD!

Here's is a lovely picture of the festival's executive director Katha Cato, and Artistic Director Don Cato from the opening night of the festival! Also pictured is the fantastic festival team member Ayodele Campbell.

Here's some wonderful pictures of IndieCollect founder Sandra Schulberg in conversation with Jane Fonda, while moderatin...
03/26/2019

Here's some wonderful pictures of IndieCollect founder Sandra Schulberg in conversation with Jane Fonda, while moderating the HFPA Film Restoration Summit!

MEMBER NEWS: Nancy KellyDirector Nancy Kelly has been giving lots of fantastic interviews ahead of  NYC premiere of her ...
03/25/2019
Queens World Film Festival 2019 – Thousand Pieces of Gold

MEMBER NEWS: Nancy Kelly

Director Nancy Kelly has been giving lots of fantastic interviews ahead of NYC premiere of her newly restored film "Thousand Pieces of Gold", in dazzling 4K by IndieCollect! The film will screen Tuesday 26th March at the Queens World Film Festival, where Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto were honored with the "Spirit of Queens Award"

Check out her interview with Chinamerica Radio host Steve Warren, as well as her interview on the blog We Are Moving Stories!

http://www.chinamericaradio.com/spectrum/

http://www.wearemovingstories.com/we-are-moving-stories-films/2019/1/17/thousand-pieces-of-gold

"Films were made because filmmakers wanted to make sure what happened would never be forgotten, if we allow documents of...
03/12/2019
Jane Fonda Calls for Hollywood to "Invest as Much in Saving Films as Making Them"

"Films were made because filmmakers wanted to make sure what happened would never be forgotten, if we allow documents of our past to disappear we end up [without the whole picture]. We can't know where we are going if we don't know where we have been."

Read about highlights from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's RESTORATION SUMMIT, moderated by Sandra Schulberg.

The actress and activist warned that restoration and preservation funding is "woefully inadequate" during Saturday's HFPA Film Restoration Summit.

PIONEERS OF QUEER CINEMA UpdateOur thanks to the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for supporting “Pioneers o...
03/11/2019

PIONEERS OF QUEER CINEMA Update

Our thanks to the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for supporting “Pioneers of Queer Cinema,” the 2020 traveling film exhibition we are organizing with the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Outfest.

In Los Angeles on March 9, Sandra Schulberg presented a check to our partner, UCLA Archive director Jan-Christopher Horak. The celebratory photo of Sandra and Chris is courtesy of Luca Celada, of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is hosting the Restoration Summit today to bring attention to the work of IndieC...
03/09/2019
Jane Fonda, Thierry Fremaux, Alexander Payne Tapped for HFPA Film Restoration Summit

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is hosting the Restoration Summit today to bring attention to the work of IndieCollect, The Film Foundation, UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Institut Lumiere:

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is partnering with The Film Foundation and Institut Lumiere in presenting the event.

We were delighted to welcome Davia Nelson of the podcast Kitchen Sisters to the IndieCollect office yesterday! She inter...
03/07/2019

We were delighted to welcome Davia Nelson of the podcast Kitchen Sisters to the IndieCollect office yesterday! She interviewed IndieCollect president Sandra Schulberg for a new Kitchen Sisters series, "The Keepers" - stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians. Stay Tuned! http://www.kitchensisters.org/keepers

Last night, IndieCollect founder Sandra Schulberg went back to BAM Film for another evening of George A. Romero classics...
03/04/2019

Last night, IndieCollect founder Sandra Schulberg went back to BAM Film for another evening of George A. Romero classics, including the 1978 vampire thriller "Martin" and "Knightriders" (1981). Here she is pictured with Romero's longtime producer and collaborator, Richard P. Rubinstein who gave a wonderful Q&A for the audience!

MEMBER NEWS: Oren RudavskyJoin Sandra Schulberg at Quad Cinema, this Friday March 1, for premiere of new film by IndieCo...
02/28/2019
Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People — Quad Cinema

MEMBER NEWS: Oren Rudavsky

Join Sandra Schulberg at Quad Cinema, this Friday March 1, for premiere of new film by IndieCollect member Oren Rudavsky "JOSEPH PULITZER: VOICE OF THE PEOPLE."

With narration by Adam Driver and featuring Liev Schreiber, Tim Blake Nelson, and Rachel Brosnahan in key vocal roles, this eye-opening documentary tells the story of the man behind the prize, and offers insights into our current political moment.

Oren will be speaking at the 6:55pm show.

Tickets: https://quadcinema.com/film/joseph-pulitzer-voice-of-the-people/

Established in 1972, Quad Cinema is New York's original multi-screen cinema.

On Friday night, the IndieCollect team went to BAM for the opening night of "Living with the Dead: The Films of George A...
02/25/2019

On Friday night, the IndieCollect team went to BAM for the opening night of "Living with the Dead: The Films of George A. Romero". After watching his classic "Night of the Living Dead", we were delighted to be able to share a sneak peak of "The Amusement Park" - a 1973 Romero short being restored by IndieCollect - before a wonderful Q&A with George's daughter and filmmaker, Tina Romero!

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