The Austin Cinematheque, the community's only free, 35mm repertory film series, is now entering it's seventh year. As we we expand and continue to host open screenings of classic and overlooked cinema, we're asking for your help.
During the Fall of 2005, three University of Texas Radio-Television-Film students founded The Austin Cinematheque in order to bring classic film back to the University campus. At this time, the Varsity Theater had been vacant for 15 years, The Dobie was shifting its focus to more commercial works, and the only on-campus 35mm projector sat gathering dust between screenings of second-run blockbusters.
Drawing inspiration from repertory programs all over the world, as well as former local programs like CinemaTexas, The Austin Cinematheque provided a self-funded screening of François Truffaut’s THE 400 BLOWS in the Texas Union Theatre and effectively kicked off what has become one of the most eclectic and publicly accessible repertory film series in Austin.
The Austin Cinematheque has since screened 75 films from sixteen different countries spanning nine different decades. Applying the ideology of Henri Langlois, of La Cinémathèque Française, we have given remarkably varied artists the opportunity to share the same screen. Nowhere else in Austin could you find the anarchic mania of Frank Tashlin's ARTISTS AND MODELS in the same series as the understated poetry of Jean Vigo's L'ATALANTE. It is our goal to bring the Austin public as many challenging and rewarding works as possible.
We have provided Austin with one-of-a-kind screenings including: the only known 35mm print of Samuel Fuller's PARK ROW in the states, the first ever screening of the Critierion Collection restoration of Monte Hellman's TWO-LANE BLACKTOP, Howard Hawks's overlooked masterpiece BALL OF FIRE with special permission from Samuel Goldwyn's estate, and the Austin premiere of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Palme d'or winning UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES.
...and all of these have been made available completely free of charge.
Now, as we enter our seventh year, we need your help to keep exhibiting these monumental works. This Spring, the Union Theatre will undergo remodeling, temporarily leaving us homeless, forcing us to explore new avenues. This is an opportunity for us to grow. Now capable of screening films without the constraints of The Union, we look to expand our presence in the Austin film community by hosting special events, make available our original posters, bring back Austin Cinematheque t-shirts, and, most importantly, continue bringing an eclectic assortment of the greatest cinematic works to you for free.
Please give what you can; every little bit helps.
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