Monday, July 11, 2011

AMPAS Archiving Alamo Drafthouse

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 'Margaret Herrick Library' is partnering with the Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse theater chain to archive the company’s growing collection of original film posters designed by contemporary graphic artists. The first group of the Alamo Drafthouse’s 'Mondo' posters arriving at the Herrick will include the latest print, a poster for the classic horror film “Frankenstein” (1931), created by Drew Struzan.

The Alamo Drafthouse began producing limited-edition silkscreen posters in 2003. Mondo, the company’s art boutique, now produces more than 120 posters annually, and through it prominent artists such as Martin Ansin, Shepard Fairey, Olly Moss, Tyler Stout and Ken Taylor are commissioned to create new art for classic films.

Alternative posters for contemporary films are also created, including "Inglourious Basterds", as well as 'genre' classics the likes of "Total Recall" and "The Thing" .

Alamo Drafthouse posters will be housed along with the Herrick’s existing collection of more than 38,000 movie posters, stored in climate-controlled vaults, scanned and entered into the library’s online catalog.

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