Nicolas Winding Refn has announced he is launching a curated website of films, essays, photography, and more art in February 2018. The website, entitled “byNWR.com,” will be completely free for users, including the streaming films. Refn made the announcement during an appearance at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon, France, where he described the project as “an unadulterated cultural expressway of the arts” that will “create a modern idea of what cinema will become.”
The website’s mission statement reads: “byNWR shares Nicolas Winding Refn’s passion for the rare, the forgotten and the unknown, breathing new life into the culturally intriguing and influential. Quarterly volumes of content divide into three monthly chapters, each featuring a fully-restored film. These revived cinematic gems inspire a wealth of original content, curated by special Guest Editors.”
The website will begin with a program titled “Regional Renegades: Exploitation Gems from the Southern USA,” curated by Jimmy McDonough (who collaborated with Refn on the poster compilation book “The Art of Seeing”). Content will include Bert Williams’ 1965 low-budget horror film “The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds, a restored version of “Shanty Tramp” (1967), and a feature on Texas director Dale Berry.
Film magazine Little White Lies is curating the second volume, “Restored and Rediscovered Classics of American Independent Cinema.” A new restoration of Curtis Harrington’s 1963 debut “Night Tide,” which marks Dennis Hopper’s first starring role, will be included, as will the Appalachian neorealism drama “Spring Night, Summer Night” in its first wide release in history.
Highlights of Volumes 3 and 4 are to be revealed later in fall 2017. You can visit byNWR.com now and sign up for its newsletter to stay updated on future announcements.