New York Times’ reporter John Anderson tells a tale of the hundreds of unclaimed films stuck away on the 12th floor of DuArt’s West 55th Street building. DuArt was famously the top lab for both well–known and indie filmmakers alike for some 70 years before shutting down all photochemical processing in 2010.
Anderson tells an engaging story of some of the film and filmmakers whose work has turned up – from James Ivory’s 1957 student film “Venice: Themes and Variations” and Gordon Park’s “Solomon Northup’s Odyssey,” said to be a predecessor to “12 Years a Slave.”
You can read the full article here, including info about IndieCollect. That not-for-profit organization, started by ex-indie producer Sandra Schulberg, has become a sort of “foster-care agency for orphaned films”.