The American Genre Film Archive has started a project not unique in concept, but in the details. Many believe in the preserving films and restoring them for the future, but this Kickstarter campaign asks for help to keep exploitation movies and genre films preserved. These are not blockbuster or critically acclaimed films, but films made purely for entertainment purposes, some so rare there is only a single print remaining.
“By any means necessary, we need to watch movies on film, because that’s why God created cinema,” says AGFA advisory board member Nicolas Winding Refn. “The American Genre Film Archive has begun a mission to preserve what I consider the greatest art form God has given us.”
The campaign offers backers some interesting perks, such as tickets to a screening of Craig Denny’s “The Astrologer” (the first film the AGFA plans to digitally restore), a real astrology reading, a shelf named in the donor’s honor at the archive and even the chance to program a Weird Wednesday or Terror Tuesday at the Alamo Drafthouse.
“There are a lot of ways that you can contribute to make this goal a reality, from just a few dollars to a significant contribution,” says AGFA board member and Alamo CEO/Founder Tim League. “One particular perk I think some of our regulars will like: You can host a screening of any AGFA film for you and 40 of your friends complete with beer and popcorn. If you contribute at this level you get an awesome movie party and will feel great knowing your fun is preserving our American genre film legacy.”
If the AGFA reaches its goal by the May 30 deadline, countless digital transfers of titles that would otherwise be extinct will get the chance to be shared with audiences that they unfortunately never received back in their day.”
This is a seemingly rare restoration project that reminds how many movies go unnoticed and how much film changes through history. It was easier to secure funding for these films back when made, and now everything has so many channels, it has become quite complicated. It is what it is, but it is important to keep safe as many films as possible, for historical and entertainment purposes.