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Zack Carlson and Lars Nilsen join the AGFA advisory board

By Joe Ziemba • May 15, 2017

We are incredibly honored to welcome genre film superheroes Zack Carlson and Lars Nilsen to the AGFA advisory board.

It’s not easy to rescue film prints from dumpsters, rat nests, and the Pacific ocean. So when Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League founded AGFA in 2009, he turned to then-Alamo programmers Carlson and Nilsen for help. Carlson (co-author of DESTROY ALL MOVIES! THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PUNKS ON FILM and a producer and screenwriter) and Nilsen (Lead Programmer at the Austin Film Society) donated years of their lives to building AGFA’s collection and setting the course for our future.

Today, the AGFA advisory board consists of Alamo Drafthouse founders Karrie and Tim League, filmmakers Paul Thomas Anderson, Anna Biller, and Nicolas Winding Refn, and musician RZA. We’re proud to welcome Carlson and Nilsen back to the fold.

“In AGFA's early years we hauled a lot of rusty film cans out of garages, warehouses and truck trailers,” says Nilsen, “People asked, why would you rescue that print? Now, the team at AGFA is showing the world why these films matter. I am honored to help out, offer guidance, and, if necessary, get a fresh round of tetanus shots so we can continue to rescue and revitalize these important films.”

There are very few people on the planet that we love, admire, or respect as much as Carlson and Nilsen. Without them, AGFA wouldn’t be what it is today.

“This world needs heroes now more than ever. It also needs the crucial escape that's offered by great cinema,” says Carlson, “It's a genuine honor to be chosen to work with AGFA, which provides both of those things and a hell of a lot more. Lars and I deeply believe in AGFA's mission to entertain and enlighten through the power of film, and we are overjoyed to ally with them in the battle against our mediocre reality. TO THE DEATH.”