About Institute Archives
Since 1981, Sundance Institute has supported thousands of independent film and theatre artists with its artist development programs and its annual Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute Archives is dedicated to preserving and facilitating access to the work of these independent film and theatre artists and the material that documents their artistic processes in the creation of this work. By preserving seminal work in independent film, the history of the organization itself and the artists to come through its programs, the Archives provides an opportunity for dialogue about the process of creating independent film and theatre, the creative and career trajectories of individual artists whose bodies of work are closely linked to the Institute, and the impact of such work on contemporary American culture at large. The Archives is comprised of a range of specialized collections, including Sundance Collection at UCLA, an effort to collect and preserve independent film prints.
Our Online Archives represent the first major effort to make holdings from the Institute Archives publicly accessible. This searchable database is an exhaustive record of the artists and work supported through the Labs and the Film Festival since 1981.The Online Archives currently includes a fraction of the Archives' photographic material with additional photographic and other material to be added as resources allow. Additionally, selections of Archives material are occasionally featured in temporary exhibitions in conjunction with the Film Festival, Labs, or other Institute activities.
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Despite their historical and cultural value, independent films are extremely vulnerable to loss or damage. As a result, negatives and quality prints of many seminal independent films - some made as recently as the past decade – have been lost or damaged.
For that reason, Sundance Institute and the UCLA Film & Television Archive joined forces in 1997 to establish the Sundance Institute Collection at UCLA, a groundbreaking archive that exists to protect, preserve, and restore independent work.
Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs
Comprised of features, documentaries, and shorts and made possible through donated prints and videos from distributors as well as hundreds of individual filmmakers, the Collection now includes over 1,900 films, including sex, lies and videotape, Reservoir Dogs, The Living End, Smoke Signals, Amores Perros, Harlan County USA, Love & Basketball, Welcome to the Dollhouse, and many other works
As the only archive of its kind, the Collection also provides a central resource for research through an extensive video library housed at the Archive Research and Study Center in UCLA's Powell Library.
What You Can Do
Help us protect your work. If your film screened at the Sundance Film Festival or was supported by any of our artist development programs, please help us establish the whereabouts and condition of your original materials (negative, IN/IP, sound masters, etc.) and consider depositing them in a proper archive like UCLA along with a print, tape master and access copy. Click here to get started preserving your film!
Jennifer Baichwal's Manufactured Landscapes
Our company donors have included Artisan Entertainment, Gramercy Pictures, Lionsgate, Miramax Films, New Line Cinema, October Films, OTM, Sony Pictures Classics, Strand Releasing, Trimark Pictures, and Zeitgeist Films. We would also like to thank the members of the Collector's Circle for their generous support of the Sundance Collection at UCLA.
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