CATEGORIES Classics, Independent, Exhibition, Home Entertainment, Cinematical Indie, Features, Movie News, CinematicalNon-New Yorkers may not be familiar with the Anthology Film Archives, though it did get a nice jokey shout out from Tina Fey recently on 30 Rock. The non-profit cinema and film archive was founded by a group of experimental filmmakers, including Jonas Mekas and Stan Brakhage, and is home to tens of thousands of rare works spanning the history of cinema. Unfortunately, much of the collection will not live forever in its current form, so Mekas wants to transfer his library of 70,000 films to digital and put them up on the ol' internet for all to enjoy through eternity.
According to the Daily News, Mekas needs to raise money for a digital transfer machine, which will run him around $200,000. And he's getting help from some musical friends, including Moby and Sonic Youth. These artists are among those who will perform at the Hiro Ballroom in NYC this Wednesday (5/19/10) for a benefit show called "Return to the Pleasure Dome," billed primarily as a 40th Anniversary event for Anthology. The concert, which is co-planned by Lola Schnabel, will also honor Kenneth Anger, whose band Technicolor Skull will be playing. Lou Reed, The Virgins and others are scheduled, as well.
Regular tickets, which weren't cheap to begin with, are unfortunately sold out, but tables are still available for $500. Expensive, sure, but for a very good cause. Just think of it as being a small price to pay for eventual access to 70,000 movies online. Plus, for the time being you get immediate membership status with Anthology, which means you'll get unlimited tickets to the cinema for the next year. Hey, are you a true cinephile or not (ps, if you get a table, don't hesitate to invite some writers from your favorite movie blog, wink wink).