The University of Michigan has announced that filmmaker Nancy Savoca will donate her personal archives to the school’s Mavericks and Makes Indie Film Collection.
The archives will include a diverse range of her work, including drawings, budgets, research documents, drafts of screenplays, audio and video interviews, press photos, props and even a few notebooks from her high school film class. Savoca will be the first female “Maverick” in the collection, which houses an immense range of material from fellow filmmakers such as Orson Welles, Robert Altman, Alan Rudolph, John Sayles and Ira Deutchman.
Savoca has been an independent filmmaker, working with her husband and partner Rich Guay, for more than 25 years. Her works includes “True Love” (which won the Grand Jury Prize at the inaugural 1989 Sundance Film Festival), “Household Saints,” “Dirt,” “Union Square” and the classic HBO miniseries “If These Walls Could Talk.”
Discussing her donation in a press release, Savoca said, “Through this process, we’ve had some time to reflect and to realize that we do have something to contribute — we were part of a really exciting time in the history of independent film, particularly the 1990s.”