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 Zachary Epcar's Return to Forms (2016)
Explore the Black experience in cinema
African American filmmakers have contributed to cinema since the silent era, and the Black experience in America has been central to the story told by American cinema, both explicitly and implicitly. Explore documents that celebrate and interrogate this history.
Still from Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989)
Explore the Cinema Guild's program guides
The Berkeley Cinema Guild and Studio was one of the first repertory film theaters in the U.S., operating from 1952-1967. The Guild offered a wide selection of international, experimental, documentary, and other difficult to find fare. Film critic Pauline Kael started her career writing the Guild's program notes.
Cover of the Summer 1957 Cinema Guild program guide.
Charles Burnett gained his filmmaking chops as part of the Black Independent Movement orbiting UCLA's film school. Burnett's films Killer of Sheep (1978) and My Brother's Wedding (1983) established him as a major voice in American film. His wide-ranging career also includes work in documentary and television.
The immigrant experience in film
The same industrial modernity that fostered the invention of cinema has also made upheaval, displacement, and the search for a better life elsewhere constants across the globe. Explore how immigrants have told their stories in films from the U.S. and beyond.
Still from Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany, 1974)
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)
Explore Georgian cinema
The cinema of Georgia, from the Soviet period and beyond, is one of the undiscovered gems of world cinema. Georgian cinema is diverse–by turns poignant, experimental, self-reflective, and highly contemporary. Explore our holdings from this Eastern European treasure trove.
Still from Some Interviews on Personal Matters (Lana Gogoberidze, U.S.S.R., 1978)
Explore Japanese cinema
Japan holds one of the world's great cinema traditions. BAMPFA's film collection has long had strengths in Japanese cinema, and we invite you to take a dive into our rich collection on CineFiles as well.
Still from Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1967)