Sunday, September 3, 2023

La Cinémathèque: September 2023 Newsletter



Newsletter September 2023 

Hello and welcome to the 2023-2024 season of great film and conversation, featuring new programs and locations. 

The films, the events, and the community of learning make La Cinémathèque unique in its efforts to revive classical cinema and support contemporary international and indie cinema. 

The availability of great cinema has changed over the past 30 years. While most of the population wanted commercial films with directors like Spielberg, theaters also made space for the films of Wertmuller, Pasolini, Fellini and Hitchcock. In 1976, for example, there were three Wertmuller films playing simultaneously in New York City! 

Back then, there were three different kinds of films: (1) commercial blockbusters like E.T. and James Bond, (2) intellectual films of the French New Wave and other genres, (3) documentary and experimental films. People had options because there were important film critics who told them about the diversity of screenings in the theaters. 

Currently, the Big Studios control everything, prioritizing superhero franchises and mega productions released worldwide and on platforms like Hulu and Netflix. It is hard to find a quality independent film because it goes on a platform and is buried under a thousand mediocre films. Cinema today shows very little experimentation and creativity. The good films are screened at festivals but you have to wait, sometimes years, before a few are made briefly available before disappearing forever. 

But wait, many say, at least we have good TV! The problem with this view is that television as a medium is essentially a commercial form of entertainment. La Cinémathèque was created to buck this trend and give quality films the space they deserve. 

Over the last eleven years we have shown dozens of classical films on the big screen in our unique seminar-style format. Thanks to your support, we have grown to expand our programming to Montclair Film and the Williams Art Center in Bergen County. We are also planning to screen contemporary films recognized at festivals but ignored by most movie theaters today. 

Films teach us about the human condition that we all share and help us build community. We need your help, now more than ever, as we continue to grow. Please inquire about any of the following: 

  • taking attendance during screenings; 
  • researching new films and contacting distributors; 
  • organizing schedules; 
  • assisting with administrative duties; 
  • maintaining our social media presence. 
Together we can do our part to reverse the current trends in cinema. By coming to our screenings, and volunteering, you are supporting a cinematic renewal. 

Remember, every effort is appreciated and tax deductible because we are a 501c nonprofit organization. 

Any questions please email at 

Thank you. 

Gerard Amsellem 

President, New Wave Productions 
New Wave Productions is a 501c-3 nonprofit organization dedicated to film and art education


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