1970- First film museum devoted to the film as an art.
Evolved from the early 60's, when Jonas Mekas, the director of the Film-Makers' Cinematheque, a showcase for avant-garde films, dreamed of establishing a permanent home where the growing number of new independent/ avant-garde films could be shown on a regular basis. Has preserved more than 4,000 essential films produced since 1920. Responsible for saving 1,000's of independent films.
Some of the more famous of the thousands of filmmakers whose work is here:
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