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Anthology Film Archives

Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema.

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Anthology Film Archives

Based in New York, Anthology Film Archives was founded in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, and is the first film museum exclusively devoted to film as an art form. Anthology Film Archives was founded to protect the heritage of cinema outside the commercial mainstream from becoming extinct. Since its estabishment, Anthology Film Archives' work has expanded far beyond its original purpose. Today, the organization maintains a reference library containing the world's largest collection of periodicals, books, stills, and other paper materials relating to avant-garde cinema. Further, Anthology Film Archives operates an innovative film exhibition program that screens more than 900 diverse and eclectic films each year. Through this work, Anthology Film Archives seeks to preserve components of film history in danger of being overlooked or forgotten by mainstream cultural institutions.

In 2014, Anthology Film Archives assisted in the creation of "Robert Frank: You Got Eyes," a documentary that follows the life and work of Robert Frank from Switzerland to New York City to Canada. The late Frank revolutionized photography and independent film, and the documentary features previously unseen interview footage with him at his home in New York City and summer cottage in Canada.

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Documentary - Don't Blink - Robert Frank