Despite the prominence of digital cameras, film will always have its devoted fans trying arduously to preserve it. Among the more well-known fans are acclaimed filmmakers Nicolas Winding Refn and Paul Thomas Anderson, who sit on the advisory board of the American Genre Film Archive as the organization launches an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to raise $15,000.
The Austin-based AGFA, which focuses primarily on movies in the horror, action and sleaze genres, has announced a campaign dedicated to supporting the mission to complete high resolution digital transfers of movies for which the film prints cannot be loaned due to their fragility and their near-extinction.
"By any means necessary, we need to watch movies on film, because that's why God created cinema," says AGFA advisory board member Nicolas Winding Refn. "The American Genre Film Archive has begun a mission to preserve what I consider the greatest art form God has given us."
The campaign offers backers some interesting perks, such as tickets to a screening of Craig Denny's "The Astrologer" (the first film the AGFA plans to digitally restore), a real astrology reading, a shelf named in the donor's honor at the archive and even the chance to program a Weird Wednesday or Terror Tuesday at the Alamo Drafthouse.
"There are a lot of ways that you can contribute to make this goal a reality, from just a few dollars to a significant contribution," says AGFA board member and Alamo CEO/Founder Tim League. "One particular perk I think some of our regulars will like: You can host a screening of any AGFA film for you and 40 of your friends complete with beer and popcorn. If you contribute at this level you get an awesome movie party and will feel great knowing your fun is preserving our American genre film legacy."
If the AGFA reaches its goal by the May 30 deadline, countless digital transfers of titles that would otherwise be extinct will get the chance to be shared with audiences that they unfortunately never received back in their day.
Check out the campaign video below and visit the campaign page here.