Unseen Cinema Collection


UNSEEN CINEMA: EARLY AMERICAN AVANT-GARDE FILM 1894-1941 presents a ground-breaking retrospective that explores long-forgotten American experimental films made in the United States and Europe during the formative period of cinema. The digital version consists of over 140 films, preserved and restored in 35mm and 16mm film prints. Viewed as a whole or by single titles, 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 and Deutsches Filmmuseum working in collaboration with 60 of the world's leading film archive collections including British Film Institute, George Eastman Museum, Library of Congress, and Museum of Modern Art, among many others, prepared preservation and restorations masters of the rare art films. Over 500 venues around the world, including museums, archives, universities, theaters, micro-cinemas and film societies, have featured the UNSEEN CINEMA, making it one of the largest and perhaps the most viewed film retrospectives in history.

Curated by Bruce Posner and Co-Produced with Robert Haller and David Shepard

Made possible in part by Cineric, Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, Filmmakers Showcase and Film Preservation Associates

"I have been obsessed in the last couple of weeks with 'Unseen Cinema, which is astounding. Thank you a thousand times, and then another thousand." - Alexander Payne (director of Sideways, About Schmidt, and Nebraska)

"One of the major monuments of the [digital] medium." - The New York Times