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AGFA needs a 4K film scanner to preserve 35mm film prints from the Something Weird collection and share them with the world!
AGFA is purchasing a 4K film scanner to preserve 35mm film prints from the Something Weird collection and share them with the world!
AGFA is purchasing a 4K film scanner to preserve 35mm film prints from the Something Weird collection and share them with the world!
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The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) is located in Austin, Texas. AGFA exists to preserve the legacy of genre movies through collection, conservation, and distribution.

AGFA HQ.
AGFA HQ.

Formed in 2009, AGFA focuses on outlaw exploitation movies that were produced from the 1960s through the 1990s. From manic hicksploitation epics to bloodthirsty shoestring goreblasts, each title in AGFA's collection is a celebration of culture that should never be forgotten. Housing over six thousand 35mm film prints and trailers, our non-profit archive counts among its board members and advisors Alamo Drafthouse founders Tim and Karrie League, filmmakers Nicolas Winding Refn and Paul Thomas Anderson, and Austin area film programmers and movie fans.

The late Mike Vraney, founder of Something Weird.
The late Mike Vraney, founder of Something Weird.

Mike Vraney founded Something Weird Video in 1990. Sadly, he passed away in 2014 after a long, heroic battle with lung cancer. Legendary exploitation warlock David F. Friedman deemed Vraney "the forty-first thief," which was the ultimate compliment to this exploiteer. Vraney dedicated his life to unearthing and preserving the most radically insane exploitation and horror movies of all time. He introduced multiple generations to the works of Herschell Gordon Lewis, Doris Wishman, David F. Friedman, Barry Mahon, Michael and Roberta Findlay, and Fredric C. Hobbs. Vraney's contribution to preserving the world's most deranged cultural milestones can never be overstated. Something Weird Video changed the way that we understand movies.

Now it's our turn to give something back.

AGFA has started working with Something Weird’s Lisa Petrucci, Mike Vraney’s widow and partner, to redistribute titles from the massive 35mm film collection.

Vraney’s hard work should never be forgotten. And access is a crucial part of preservation. The movies that Something Weird unearthed are meant to be played. These movies come to life when audiences enjoy them. Each year, AGFA loans hundreds of prints to arthouse institutions, film societies, festivals, libraries, and universities. A fundamental component of our mission is to make sure that people watch these movies. But film prints have a limited lifespan. Like human beings, all prints are inevitably headed to the dumpster. However, with proper storage and care, we can prolong the lives of these prints and ensure that the movies themselves endure the ravages of time. In order to share these treasures, AGFA is undertaking a new initiative.

Our mission is to raise completion funds for a 4K film scanner to digitally transfer original film elements from the Something Weird collection, as well as one-of-a-kind obscurities in the AGFA archive.

AGFA will partner with Drafthouse Films -- the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse -- to share these movies in theaters, on home video, and on VOD platforms. While AGFA is dedicated to 35mm preservation, we also want to make sure that these movies are accessible to as many people as possible.

The first title that AGFA will preserve from the Something Weird collection is Tom Hanson's THE ZODIAC KILLER. Released in 1971, the movie was made in hopes of capturing the real-life Zodiac Killer. The plan didn’t work. Instead, we got the most outrageous and compelling “tabloid horror” vortex in the history of planet Earth. And beyond.

Did you know that the Zodiac Killer wore Groucho glasses while stalking his victims? Did you know that the Zodiac’s pet rabbits commanded him to kill during black mass rituals? Did you also know that the Zodiac might have been a man named Grover who attempted to kidnap his daughter while brandishing a hand saw? You won’t get insight like this by watching a David Fincher movie. But you will get it while watching THE ZODIAC KILLER.

Balancing cinéma vérité grimness with outta-this-world absurdity, THE ZODIAC KILLER is an ultra-bizarro time capsule and a crown jewel in the Something Weird treasure chest. It is AGFA's duty to preserve incredible works like this. THE ZODIAC KILLER is peerless. It deserves to be seen. Forever.

To make this happen, we need your help.

Head archivist Sebastian del Castillo inspects a print at AGFA HQ.
Head archivist Sebastian del Castillo inspects a print at AGFA HQ.

The American Genre Film Archive exists because of a tangible need. AGFA has saved 35mm film prints from landfills, incinerators, and from being literally tossed into the ocean. Every act of heroism that goes into the maintenance of the collection is done by people who believe in AGFA and the future of exploitation film preservation. All of the work at AGFA happens on a shoestring -- or no-shoestring -- budget. If you love movies, you love AGFA . . . even if you've never heard of it. If you recognize the inherent fun of movies, AGFA is probably the only archive out there that feels the same way.

So step forward, fellow weirdos!

NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT!

Help AGFA keep the legacy of Something Weird Video alive for all eternity! Or at least the next few hundred years.

Risks and challenges

We have no doubt that the support of likeminded genre movie enthusiasts will allow us to actualize this labor of love. The film elements are in-house and the passion is in our hearts -- all hands are on deck to make it a reality.

Welcoming a 4K film scanner to the AGFA archive is a new undertaking. But no matter how large the learning curve, we are prepared to conquer it and begin sharing newly preserved titles from the Something Weird collection in 2016.

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    Thank you! We're pals forever. You've done your part to preserve the legacy of Something Weird.

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    Enjoy a new digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER on the personal viewing machine of your choice.

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    A ticket to a screening of the new digital transfer of THE ZODIAC KILLER at any participating Alamo Drafthouse, plus a digital download of the movie.

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    Get w-i-ild with "Wildman" Steve and a DVD of SUPERSOUL BROTHER, the mind-melting blaxploitation classic! On DVD from the vaults of AGFA. Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER.

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    Get a NIGHT OF THE STRANGLER DVD! Everyone’s second favorite Monkee (Micky Dolenz) stars in Louisiana’s premier bloodletting blowout! On DVD from the vaults of AGFA. Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER.

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    Get a SOMETIMES AUNT MARTHA DOES DREADFUL THINGS DVD! Miraculous gender-bending slash-trash insanity! On DVD from the vaults of AGFA. Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER.

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    Get a terrifying Terror Tuesday t-shirt for your torso, creepozoid! Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER and an AGFA hat.

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    A guaranteed ticket to an opening night film at Fantastic Fest 2016. No badge necessary! Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER.

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    Get a gen-u-ine metal film can from the vaults of AGFA. Who knows? Maybe you'll also get a spider egg in your can! Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER and an AGFA hat.

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    Get a Terror Tuesday or Weird Wednesday pre-show mix as a digital download, straight from the Alamo Drafthouse screen to your cerebral landscape! Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER and an AGFA hat.

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    Photocopies of vintage press assets from the vaults of Something Weird Video. Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER and an AGFA hat.

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    Get a soundtrack LP for THE VISITOR, care of Mondo and Death Waltz records. Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER and an AGFA hat.

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    Get a soundtrack LP for CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, care of Mondo and Death Waltz records. Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER and an AGFA hat.

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    Get a soundtrack LP for KILLER NUN, care of Mondo and Death Waltz records. Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER and an AGFA hat.

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    Get a VHS copy of THE SOULTANGLER -- analog insanity from Bleeding Skull! Video and Mondo! Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER and an AGFA hat.

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    Get a VHS copy of MS.45 -- analog savagery from Mondo to you! Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER and an AGFA hat.

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    A Fantastic Fest second half badge! Good for screenings Monday through Thursday at Fantastic Fest 2016. Second-half festival badge holders will be seated at the same time as regular badge holders for the second half of the festival. The second-half festival badge also includes access to all of the Fantastic Fest parties in the second half of the festival, including the closing night party. Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER and an AGFA hat.

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    Get a gen-u-ine metal film can from the vaults of AGFA. Who knows? Maybe you'll also get a spider egg in your can! PLUS Get a three t-shirts for your torso -- one each for Terror Tuesday, Weird Wednesday, and Video Vortex! Also a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER and an AGFA hat.

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    Get an autographed copy of the critically acclaimed and out-of-print book, BLEEDING SKULL: A 1980s TRASH-HORROR ODYSSEY! Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER and an AGFA hat.

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    Rent an AGFA print! Available to any qualified institution capable of 35mm reel-to-reel projection. Donate at this level and your next AGFA print rental is covered! Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER, an AGFA hat, and an AGFA t-shirt.

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    Program VIDEO VORTEX at any participating Alamo Drafthouse! This series unearths ultra-obscure, ultra-bizarre movies from the fringes of the universe. And beyond. This is YOUR CHANCE TO CHOOSE what plays at a Video Vortex screening! Pick from a wide list curated by the Alamo Drafthouse programmers. You can also co-host your movie. You and three of your friends will get reserved seats, popcorn, and a pitcher of beer or soda. The fate of the audience is in your hands! Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER, an AGFA hat, and an AGFA t-shirt.

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    Adopt an AGFA print! Just like those old Sally Struthers ads. You will receive a dossier with photos of the print, an inspection report signed by AGFA chief archivist Sebastian del Castillo, and a thank you letter from the print! Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER, an AGFA hat, and an AGFA t-shirt.

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    Program TERROR TUESDAY and/or WEIRD WEDNESDAY at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz! These series showcase more AGFA prints than any other theater in the world. This is YOUR CHANCE TO CHOOSE what plays! Pick from a wide list culled from the AGFA vaults that is curated by the Alamo Drafthouse programmers. You can also choose what trailers play in front of the movie, and also co-host the screening. You and three of your friends will get reserved seats, popcorn, and a pitcher of beer or soda. The fate of the audience is in your hands! Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER, an AGFA hat, and an AGFA t-shirt.

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    Program an AGFA movie marathon at any participating Alamo Drafthouse location! At the Alamo, we love to throw mystery marathons that celebrate our most beloved onscreen heroes. Past marathons have been devoted to Kurt Russell, Nicolas Cage, and Meryl Streep. This is YOUR CHANCE TO CHOOSE the hero of the next marathon, and work with the Alamo Drafthouse programmers to choose titles! Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER, an AGFA hat, and an AGFA t-shirt.

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    Get a digital scan of your own personal 35mm print! Have a 35mm print that you'd like scanned for prosterity? We'll make that happen with the 4K scanner that you helped us to get. Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER, an AGFA hat, and an AGFA t-shirt.

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    Get one lifetime movie ticket to both Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin! This offer will only expire if you do. Plus a digital download of THE ZODIAC KILLER, an AGFA hat, and an AGFA t-shirt.

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