Anthology Film Archives

BEYOND CASSAVETES: LOST LEGENDS OF THE NEW YORK FILM WORLD (1945-70)

July 12 – August 13

In-between Hollywood and the emerging cinematic underground, New York in the 1950s and 60s was home to a little-known but vibrant feature film industry. Beyond bigger names like John Cassavetes and Morris Engel, scores of hopeful, independent filmmakers cobbled together low-budget productions with few prospects for critical or commercial success. From waterfront wise guys to Village beatniks, from film noir to existential comedies, ‘Made in New York’ signified a quirky, vibrant, indie aesthetic that in many ways laid the foundation for later New York-based auteurs like Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara, Jim Jarmusch, and Spike Lee, among others. This ongoing series will expose and explore New York’s pioneering contributions to the low-budget independent feature.

Introduced by series curator Michael Bowen, Adjunct Lecturer at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Special thanks to Jack O’Connell, Britta Lindgren, and Kay Williams, and to Sandra Schulberg, Steve Blakely & Max Chan (IndieCollect).

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