CineFiles is an ongoing project of the BAMPFA Film Library and Study Center. Our new website, run on the open source Blacklight framework contains scanned images of reviews, press kits, film festival and repertory theater program notes, newspaper articles, and other ephemera from our extensive collections.
Bay Area avant-garde films
The San Francisco Bay Area has been a focal point for experimental filmmaking from the late 1800s to the present, and local avant-garde cinema forms a core of the BAMPFA collection.
Image from Bruce Baillie's All my life (1966)
Explore our collection of exhibitor manuals
Film distributors in the 20th century (and beyond!) sent exhibitor manuals to entice theater owners to show a film and maximize their audiences. These manuals included marketing tie-ins, ads ready for local newspapers, and even suggestions for raffles or audience contests.
Exhibitor manual for Mario Bava's Black Sabbath (Italy, 1963)
Explore films from Shochiku
Shochiku Kabushiki Kaisha (Shochiku Company, Limited) is one of Japan's oldest and most revered film production companies, operating since 1895, stretching from silent classics to contemporary anime.
Flyer for Demon pond (Masahiro Shinoda, Japan, 1979) from our Surf Theater collection
Agnès Varda (1928-2019) was an early leader of the French Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) of cinema in the 1950s, and continued making highly personal and curiosity-driven films into her last years.
Image from Varda par Agnès (Varda by Agnès, Agnès Varda, France, 2019)
Check out films that were made in 1990, a moment of real change in the film industry. Searches like this show off the kinds of research you can do with our new interface. Enjoy!
Poster for Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston, USA, 1990)