Andy Warhol films preserved by Anthology Film Archives with Grant

Exclusive: Warhol’s “Empire”, “Sleep” and “Chelsea Girls” will be shown in the Anthology Film Archives in August 2022.

Celluloid film prints are coming back to a cinema near you soon.

The Film Exhibition Fund, a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit grantmaking organization dedicated to supporting the continued screening of celluloid film prints, has officially announced its first two grantees. IndieWire is exclusively able to announce that New York’s Anthology Film Archives and Microscope Gallery are the first grant recipients.

The Anthology Film Archives will use the $2,500 grant for upcoming screenings of Andy Warhol’s “Sleep” (1963), “Empire” (1964) and “Chelsea Girls” (1966). The first two films run for five and eight hours respectively, while “Chelsea Girls” is projected on two screens for three hours. The series is scheduled to air in August.

“Preserving the cinematic projection experience – and particularly the projection of 35mm, 16mm and 8mm film prints – is at the core of Anthology’s mission,” said Jed Rapfogel, Film Programmer, Anthology Film Archives. “We are driven by the belief that something crucial is lost in digital film screening, but of course a commitment to film screening is easier said than done in this day and age due to the lack of functioning film labs, the categorization of many prints as archives and the sheer expense for film rental and shipping. In this context, the creation of the Film Exhibition Fund – and the support (financial but also moral) they provide – is a real stroke of luck! It is a much-needed positive development for venues determined to keep the screening alive.”

The Microscope Gallery will use its $2,300 grant to support its ongoing performance series Imageless, celluloid works by Bradley Eros, Takahiko Iimura, Andrew Lampert, Maurice Lemaître, Mary Lucier, Anthony McCall, Jonas Mekas and others shows. Presented in association with Anthology Film Archives, the series will run through July.

“The support received from the Film Exhibition Fund has been critical to the realization of our film performance series, particularly film distribution from film distribution centers in New York and abroad, as well as dedicated film projectors,” Microscope Gallery co-founder and co-director Elle Burchill said. “Often the presentation of works in their original celluloid film format is discouraged by the perceived cost and other difficulties involved. The Film Exhibition Fund makes a real difference by allowing audiences to experience moving image works as the artists originally intended them, which in turn is critical to their reception and understanding.”

The Film Exhibition Fund was founded by film programmer Max Carpenter, who currently chairs a board consisting of archivist Laura Major, nonprofit film manager Jake Perlin and curator David Schwartz.

“I cannot express my delight that the Film Exhibition Fund is already making some small but significant changes to the exhibition landscape,” said Carpenter. “Paying fees or a salary to a projectionist, paying for the shipping of prints (often internationally), paying archive rentals: these are expenses more or less invisible to the average theatergoer, and these expenses are not easily recouped through ticket sales . Every opportunity to award grants through the Film Exhibition Fund is also an opportunity to educate the public about the many costs involved in keeping a celluloid exhibition alive and well, and I couldn’t be more excited about that.”

The Film Exhibition Fund is currently soliciting donations and fundraising to fund its next round of grants in hopes of expanding applications from New York-based institutions to venues across the country. Donations can be made at

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