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INFO on UNSEEN CINEMA PROJECT
A Retrospective of Restored and Preserved Films
Detailing the Unknown Accomplishments of
American Pioneer Filmmakers
Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film
1893-1941 premieres a comprehensive 20-program retrospective of
the pre-Maya Deren inspired avant-garde film movement in America. Over
160 films in newly preserved and restored 35mm and 16mm film prints 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, of Hollywood directors, and
of amateur movie-makers working collectively and as individuals at all
levels of film production during the last decade of the 19th century and
the first half of the 20th century.
Anthology Film Archives working in collaboration with 60
of the world's leading film archive collections including British Film
Institute, George Eastman House, The Library of Congress, and The Museum
of Modern Art, among many others, prepared preservation and restorations
masters of these rare art films. Many of the films have not been available
since their creation over a century ago, some have never been screened
in public, and almost all have been unavailable in pristine projection
prints until now.
Unseen Cinema film retrospective had its world premiere
at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival in June 2001 and its United
States premiere at The Whitney Museum of American Art (July-September
2001). The films have been seen at museums, archives, universities, and
theaters around the world. Over 500 venues have featured the touring programs
making it one of the largest and perhaps the most viewed film retrospectives
The films are available for worldwide exhibition as a complete
20 program retrospective or as individually selected single programs tailored
to meet the needs of less ambitious presentations.
Sponsored by Anthology Film Archives, New York, and Deutsches
Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main.
Made possible in part by Cineric, Inc., Eastman Kodak Company,
Film Preservation Associates, Inc.
Film preservation, exhibition, and catalog made possible
through the generous support of Cineric, Inc., New York.
Curated by Bruce Posner
Produced for DVD by David Shepard
ARTICLES & PRESS:
Believing" by Steven Anderson, The Independent, July 2001
Cinema" by Pat Dowell, Morning Edition, NPR, July 31, 2001
Gems Rediscovered" by David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor,
August 24, 2001
the Dawn of Avant-Garde Films" by Susan King, Los Angeles Times,
February 14, 2002
Radical Context" by Rachel Proctor May, The Austin Chronicle,
February 13, 2004
Wonders" by Keith Harris, City Pages, February 6, 2002
Cinema: An Interview with Bruce Posner" by John Conomos & Bill
Mousoulis, Senses of Cinema, June 18, 2002
die Bilder stolpern lernten"
by Urs Richter, filmtext.com, 2003
Pictures: Uniting Music & Film: The Ballet Mécanique"
by Paul D. Lehrman, Sound on Sound, September 2002
Conversation with David Shepard" by Mark Zimmer, Digitally
Lost Films and Making Them Look New" by Robert Haller
Museum of the Moving Image, October 15 & 16, 2005