American Avant-Garde films to be simulcast

On Sunday, November 5 at 8:00 P.M., the Innovation Studio at the Jones Media Center will host a live simulcast of the “UNSEEN CINEMA: EARLY AMERICAN AVANT-GARDE FILM 1894-1941,” a national broadcast of two innovative archival film programs on TCM Turner Classic Movies at 8:00 P.M. and 10:45 P.M. EST. The feast for the eyes represents decades of preservations and restorations organized by Bruce Posner.

The experimental nature of the live TCM broadcast will be enhanced at Dartmouth Library’s Jones Media Center by the simultaneous playback of an additional 100 short films onto the multi-screen video wall in the Innovation Studio. The complete screening program runs 4.-hours and is anticipated to end at 12:15 A.M. Monday.

The Jones Media Center event celebrates the Kanopy on-demand global streaming of UNSEEN CINEMA to which Dartmouth College subscribes and provides unlimited access to its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Kanopy streaming is available to anyone anywhere with a participating university or public library card.

The free screening event has limited seating, but the extended duration and experimental nature of the screeningshould be able to accommodate all who wish to attend. Refreshments will be served. The Innovation Studio is located in the Jones Media Center, 2nd floor at the top of the stairs, Baker-Berry Library, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

UNSEEN CINEMA: EARLY AMERICAN AVANT-GARDE FILM 1894-1941 is the groundbreaking retrospective that explores long-forgotten American experimental films made in the United States and Europe during the formative period of cinema. Arranged into thematic programs, the digital version consists of over 140 films, newly preserved and restored in 35mm and 16mm film prints. The series postulates an innovative and often controversial view of experimental cinema as a product of avant-garde artists, of Hollywood directors, and of amateur moviemakers working collectively and as individuals at all levels of film production during the last decade of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.  

Anthology Film Archives and Deutsches Filmmuseum working in collaboration with 60 of the world's leading film archive collections including British Film Institute, George Eastman House, Library of Congress, and Museum of Modern Art, among many others, prepared preservation and restorations masters of the rare art films. Many of the films have not been available since their creation over a century ago, some have never been screened in public, and almost all have been unavailable in pristine projection prints until now. The films have been seen at museums, archives, universities, and theaters around the world. Over 500 venues have featured the UNSEEN CINEMA, making it one of the largest and perhaps the most viewed film retrospectives in history.

Curated by Bruce Posner and Produced by David Shepard

"I have been obsessed in the last couple of weeks with UNSEEN CINEMA, which is astounding. Thank you a thousand times, and then another thousand." - Alexander Payne (director of Sideways , About Schmidt , Nebraska )

“One of the major monuments of the DVD medium.” - The New York Times

 "A landmark of research and restoration." - The Wall Street Journal

 For more information and promotional photographs, please contact BRUCE POSNER at [email protected]