The Blanton Museum of Art
"...When Tim and Karrie League co-founded the American Genre Film Archive in 2009, it felt like a spiritual successor to Something Weird Video, home to low-budget cinema's greatest archive. With the sad death earlier last year of Mike Vraney, now AGFA is stepping into the breach to save his precious archive for a digital future...."
"...For Joseph Ziemba, founder of horror celebration site Bleeding Skull and current host of the Drafthouse's Terror Tuesday strand, his first glimpse of cinema's underbelly was during a visit from Los Angeles. He was being shown around by Terror Tuesday founder Zack Carlson: "We were eating tacos somewhere and Zack said, 'OK, do you want to go see AGFA?' 'Well, what is AGFA?' He said, 'Oh, that's where all our 35mm film prints are.' I said, 'What 35mm film prints?'" When he saw the collection, "my jaw dropped," he said..."
"...AGFA basically started in 2009 as a tag to hang on the Alamo Drafthouse's massive archive of vintage prints. Its formation was triggered when the cinema chain acquired a cache of 250 Shaw Brothers titles from the movie house basement in Vancouver..."
"...Established in 2009 by Alamo Drafthouse founders Tim and Karrie League, AGFA was set up to provide a safe haven for thousands of forgotten films that may not make anyone's top 100 list, but don't deserve to disappear. League told us soon after AGFA opened, "It's specifically about the preservation of the type of film that we've been programming for over a decade and also the type of film that most traditional film archives aren't doing anything about."..."
"...I was lucky enough to attend the first ever AGFA Reel One Party, and it was a blast. I vaguely remember a terrible Bay Area mob flick; A gorgeous lost Shaw Brothers flick; A nightmare-inducing German slapstick adaptation of The Musicians of Bremen (allegedly for kids, but seemingly aimed at furries with a taste for mange); And the first glimpse of your new favorite cult classic, Miami Connection...."
"...AGFA Blu-ray ReleasesPrices vary, www.americangenrefilm.com Austin-based AGFA has worked tirelessly since 2009 to save 35mm exploitation film prints from meeting their demise in landfills or at the bottom of the ocean. With their new 4K film scanner, AGFA can now distribute their rarest, most endangered, and weirdest material via Blu-ray in perfect quality, so you can blow the mind of the cinephile in your life with oddities like The Violent Years, Effects, and The Zodiac Killer (a film created specifically to catch the real serial killer!). – Tucker Whatley..."
"..."The AGFA is separate from the Alamo operations," says League. "It's specifically about the preservation of the type of film that we've been programming for over a decade and also the type of film that most traditional film archives aren't doing anything about."..."
"...AGFA and BLEEDING SKULL PRESENT: BLOOD LAKE D: Tim Boggs USA, 1987, 82 min., World Premiere of New Preservation The finest vacation from hell ever captured on VHS, rescued from the original 1-inch master tapes!..."
"...The new 4K restoration debuts during Fantastic Fest and comes from AGFA's new relationship with exploitation masters Something Weird Video. A year ago, AGFA director Joseph Ziemba was researching the films to which the home-release house holds distribution rights..."
"...I'm staying involved with the American Genre Film Archive, along with Joe, which is the collection that kicked off Terror Tuesdays and Weird Wednesdays in the first place. We're starting a VHS archiving arm of AGFA, because there are thousands of movies that were shot on camcorders or all other materials beyond their VHS releases have vanished..."
"...Christmas will never be the same again. DOGMAN D: Matteo Garrone Italy, France, 2018, Texas Premiere, 102 min. Marcello is a gentle dog groomer whose tumultuous friendship with violent neighborhood thug Simone engulfs him in a violent series of events that will leave him forever scarred. [image-3] DONNYBROOK D: Tim Sutton USA, 2018, U.S. Premiere, 101 min. In Attendance – Tim Sutton Frank Grillo and Jamie Bell are just two of the desperate men and women headed for “the Donnybrook” – a no-holds-barred, bare-knuckle fight contest with a $100,000 prize – in this Midwestern Gothic journey into a heartland of darkness. DRUG STORIES! NARCOTIC NIGHTMARES AND HALLUCINOGENIC HELLRIDES, FEATURING THE TRIP BACK – PRESENTED BY AGFA AND SOMETHING WEIRD USA, 2018, World Premiere, 80 min. In Attendance – Something Weird Video’s Lisa Petrucci AGFA and Something Weird present a compilation of classroom scare films about boozers, users, and losers, all in brand new 2K preservations and featuring the legendary anti-drug diatribe known as The Trip Back. FERAL D: Andrés Kaiser Mexico, 2018, World Premiere, 97 min. In Attendance – Andrés Kaiser The mountains of Oaxaca harbor the remains of a ravaged and burnt shelter, once home to a psychoanalyst priest who used it to look after savage children, trying to reintegrate them into society..."
"...AGFA + Something Weird present: Bat Pussy and a secret screening American Genre Film Archive makes its triumphant return to Fantastic Fest with two movies that will rot your libido in the best way. Bat Pussy, the world’s first X-rated parody, is what happens when an anonymous smut producer gets inspired by the 1960s Batman TV show but only has $5..."
"..."We heard about a film depot in San Francisco from our friends at the New York Asian Film Festival," explains Alamo programmer/AGFA adviser Lars Nilsen. "This specific depot was used by a number of now-defunct distributors who at one time used it to store all of their North American Chinese prints..."
"...The latter allows Ziemba a mind-boggling wealth of fright films – some 6,000 35mm prints and counting, including the archives of theatrical partners like Arrow Films and Vinegar Syndrome – from which to program TT. Ziemba said, "It's not like the old days when it was a case of 'Oh, AGFA has 150 prints, let's play them all because that's what we have.' Everything's exploded in the last decade."..."
"...Speaking of timely, the audience seemed primed for the appropriately named feminist rape-revenge drama Revenge. At other screenings, responses were rawer, such as when actor Terry Notary re-enacted a confrontational scene from Oscar hopeful The Square, or the decision to screen Take It Out in Trade (a lost softcore flick by schlock legend Ed Wood) as an AGFA secret screening...."
"...The Zodiac Killer (AGFA/MVD) is either misguided journalism or sleazy exploitation, or more likely both. In 1970, director Tom Hanson decided he would make a fictional film based on the real-life Zodiac Killer, the notorious and never-caught serial murderer..."
"...Other screening options include a series called "The Noir Canon"; presentations by the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI); a new art-cult series "Deep End," that will also feature live music or a DJ preshow; and a special screening of John Pierson's recently restored TV series Split Screen (June 11), at which Pierson will highlight the episode devoted to Austin filmmakers. More questions? Come ask them on June 5 at an AFS Programmers "Ask Me Anything" session with Holly Herrick and Lars Nilsen..."
"...AGFA's declared intent behind the new deal is to get vintage films of the golden era of exploitation back into cinemas. That explains the triumvirate, who hold the rights to a huge number of titles between them..."
"...The Zodiac Killer United States, 1971, special screening presented by the American Genre Film Archive and Something Weird, 85 min D: Tom Hanson AGFA and Something Weird present a brand new 4K transfer of this sanity-defying, tabloid-horror vortex that was produced with one goal in mind: to capture the real-life Zodiac Killer...."
"...AGFA presents The Astrologer D: Craig Denney, 96 min., United States Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn hosts a rare screening of this unseen, long-lost exploitation masterpiece, recently rescued and restored by local non-profit The American Genre Film Archive. [image-3]..."