The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Austin, Texas. AGFA exists to preserve the legacy of genre movies through collection, conservation, and distribution.
Formed in 2009, AGFA focuses on outlaw exploitation movies that were produced from the 1960s through the 2000s. From manic hicksploitation epics to bloodthirsty shoestring goreblasts, each title in AGFA's collection is a celebration of culture that should never be forgotten. Housing over six thousand 35mm film prints and trailers, our non-profit archive counts among its advisors Alamo Drafthouse founders Tim and Karrie League, filmmakers Paul Thomas Anderson, Anna Biller, and Nicolas Winding Refn, musician RZA, and genre film superheroes Zack Carlson and Lars Nilsen.
The American Genre Film Archive has saved 35mm film prints from landfills, incinerators, and from being literally tossed into the ocean. Every act of heroism that goes into the maintenance of the collection is done by people who believe in the future of exploitation film preservation. All of the work at AGFA happens on a shoestring -- or no-shoestring -- budget. If you love movies, you love AGFA . . . even if you've never heard of it. If you recognize the inherent fun of movies, we’re probably the only archive out there that feels the same.
These movies come to life when audiences enjoy them. Each year, AGFA loans hundreds of prints to arthouse institutions, film societies, festivals, libraries, and universities. A fundamental component of our mission is to make sure that people watch these movies. But film prints have a limited lifespan. Like human beings, all prints are inevitably headed to the dumpster. However, with proper storage and care -- and our newly acquired 4K film scanner -- we can prolong the lives of these prints and ensure that the movies themselves endure the ravages of time.