The American Film Genre Association just announced a new initiative and fundraising campaign to preserve and redistribute titles from the Something Weird Collection.
Something Weird Video was founded in 1990 and has grown into a massive genre film archive that boasts Paul Thomas Anderson and Nicholas Winding Refn among its board members and advisers. The partnership gives the AGFA access to this collection, advancing its mission to preserve and redistribute the best and most important exploitation movies from the 1960s through the 1990s.
The association is launching a fundraising campaign to buy a 4k film scanner, which will allow them to create the highest quality digital restorations, a key part of their initiative to easily and cheaply distribute films which currently only exist on 35mm.
The first film the AGFA has its sights on is “The Zodiac Killer,” which AGFA advisor Joe Ziemba called “an ultra-bizarro time capsule and a crown jewel in the Something Weird treasure chest that must be seen at all costs.” The film was shot in San Francisco in 1971 in the hopes of finding the real-life Zodiac killer.
The AGFA is accepting donations in an attempt to raise $30,000 by October 28. Watch a video introducing the AGFA above and find more details on their website.