Anthology Film Archives


June 3 – December 31

In light of the radical, tumultuous – and hopefully transformative – events of recent days, it’s clearly a time not for solitary distraction but for active engagement in the struggle for equality, justice, and accountability. Of course, as an institution devoted to independent, avant-garde culture, and in particular to film and video that exists outside and often in opposition to the mainstream, we here at Anthology believe strongly that art can be a means to engagement (many of the filmmakers whose work we’re devoted to preserving and presenting are explicitly committed to changing the status quo). But no work of art can take the place or have the immediate impact of direct action. And in that spirit, we'd like to encourage our audiences to consider taking the time to contact the elected officials who are empowered to actually make meaningful change (whether it’s Mayor Bill de Blasio, NY State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYC Council Chair of Committee on Finance Daniel Dromm, NYC Council Public Safety Chair Donovan Richards, NYC Budget Director Melanie Hartzog, or others), and to support or consult the following resources:


Ban the Use of Rubber Bullets

Black Lives Matter list

Defund the NYPD

Justice for Ahmaud

Justice for Breonna Taylor


Black Lives Matter and Social Justice organizations:

The Audre Lorde Project: The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area.

Black Lives Matter

Color of Change: The nation’s largest online racial justice organization.

Black Visions Collective

Campaign Zero

Communities United for Police Reform

The Innocence Project: The Innocence Project exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

The Lake Street Council in Minneapolis is collecting donations to support small businesses and nonprofits that need to rebuild.

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute: MPJI protects and defends the human rights of Black transgender people. We do this by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting our collective power.

No New Jails NYC

Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ): NAZ exists to permanently close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in North Minneapolis.

Reclaim the Block: Organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.

Support Black Owned: SBO is a free Black and African-American owned business directory and blog filled with thousands of 100% Black, Moorish, and African-American owned businesses, spread all over the world.


Legal + Bail resources:

National Bail Fund Network

National Lawyers Guild: Our mission is to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights and the rights of ecosystems over property interests.


Protesting and Documenting:

ACLU: Protesters’ Rights

Independent Documentary Filming in the Time of Corona

NYC Protest Resources (and locations)

The Strategist: How to Protest Safely During a Pandemic

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Witness Media Lab: How to Film the Police in the U.S.


Mutual Aid Networks:

Astoria Mutual Aid

Bed-Stuy Strong

South Brooklyn Mutual Aid

Crown Heights Mutual Aid


Black/POC Film Organizations:

A-Doc (Asian American Documentary Network): A-Doc is a national network that works to increase the visibility and support of Asian Americans in the documentary field.

Array: Founded by Ava DuVernay, Array is an independent film distribution and resource collective dedicated to the amplification of independent films by people of color and women filmmakers globally.

BDC-Black Documentary Collective: Founded by documentarian St. Clair Bourne, the BDC provides filmmakers, video producers, and media professionals of African descent with the opportunity to network and promote each other’s work.

Black Women Directors: A website dedicated to highlighting the work of women and nonbinary filmmakers from the African Diaspora.

Brown Girls Doc Mafia: BGDM’s mission is to bolster the creative and professional success of women and non-binary people of color working in the documentary industry, and to challenge the often-marginalizing norms of the documentary field.

Firelight Media: Founded by Stanley Nelson, Firelight is devoted to non-fiction cinema by and about communities of color. Firelight produces documentary films, supports emerging filmmakers of color, and cultivates audiences for their work.

Made in Her Image: Founded in 2018, Made In Her Image (MIHI) is a non-profit movement striving towards social equity in the film, media and entertainment industry for girls & women of color. Its mission is to give girls and gender non-binary youths of color the opportunity to create their own vision within the realms of film through programming, camps, workshops and more.

New Negress Film Society: a core collective of black women filmmakers whose priority is to create community and spaces for support, exhibition, and consciousness-raising. The group is formed by Chanelle Aponte Pearson, Nuotama Bodomo, Dyani Douze, Ja’Tovia Gary, Stefani Saintonge and Yvonne Michelle Shirley.

Youth FX: Youth FX is designed to empower young people ages 10-24 by teaching them the technical and creative aspects of digital filmmaking and media production. Based in Albany, our primary mission is to work with diverse groups of youth from communities that have been historically under-served.




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