New York City’s brand-new Metrograph theater will present the world premiere of “Gems Unseen: Early Apparatus Films from Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes & Barry Ellsworth,” a two-part retrospective consisting of ten films assembled and digitally restored by IndieCollect. Vachon, Haynes, and Ellsworth will attend the premiere in early December.
Some of the films shown in the series include “Tommy’s” by Barry Ellsworth and “Days Are Numbered” by Christine Vachon, both featuring a young Steve Buscemi; “He Was Once,” which features a special cameo performance by Todd Haynes; and “Anemone Me” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks.
Along with films by Apparatus Productions founders Vachon, Haynes, and Ellsworth, the series will also include a selection of films by directors they mentored, like Mary Bradford, Larry Carty, Brooke Dammkoehler, Susan Delson, Evan Dunsky, Mary Hestand, and Bruce Hainley. All the films will be seen in brand new 4K restorations to be created by IndieCollect with funds raised from its current Kickstarter campaign.
Vachon, Haynes and Ellsworth created Apparatus Productions after they moved to New York City in the 1980s to pursue a career in the arts. “We realized filmmaking, unlike painting, required production support, a whole team,” says Vachon. “So we thought, how about we provide the ‘apparatus’ that creators will need. That’s how Apparatus Productions was born.”
Haynes is best known for his many acclaimed feature films including “Safe,” “Velvet Goldmine,” “I’m Not There,” and most recently the Oscar-nominated “Carol.” Vachon has produced and collaborated with Haynes on all of his features.