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Sundance Collection at UCLA

Slacker (1991)

Download a sample list of available titles and additional research resources at UCLA in PDF format.

The Sundance Collection at UCLA was established in 1997 in order to provide long-term access to independent film production. With support from the Ahmanson Foundation, the Sundance Collection at UCLA is one part of a multi-faceted plan within the Archive for preserving, studying and exhibiting independent cinema.

A joint effort between the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Sundance Institute, the Sundance Collection at UCLA underscores the importance of independent production while recognizing that such films are at much greater risk of disappearing from the public sphere than larger budget, studio-based cinema. By combining the resources of one of the world's leading media and preservation centers with an organization at the forefront of contemporary independent cinema, we hope to guarantee that future generations of filmmakers and media historians will be able to appreciate this extraordinarily vital part of contemporary culture.

Eight founding donors have already begun to add 35mm and videotape copies of their films to the collection, including: Fine Line Features, Gramercy Pictures, Miramax Films, New Line Cinema, October Films, Sony Picture Classics, Strand Releasing, and Trimark Pictures. Along with the titles which come from individual filmmakers, the support from these founding donors ensures that the collection will be truly representative of the independent landscape and that it will continue to grow over time.

Films within the Sundance Collection at UCLA already include: A Walk on the Moon, The Big Lebowski, Breaking the Waves, Clerks, Exotica, High Art, Paris is Burning, Paris, Texas, Reservoir Dogs, Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick and many more. The collection includes documentaries, narratives, general release and limited release independent projects.

To browse a list of over 550 Sundance titles held by UCLA: 

• Go to the Archive Catalog 
• Enter "SUN" in the Search box 
• Under "Choose a search type" select "Collection name (SPAC) search"

To request titles for onsite research viewing by appointment at UCLA, please email the Archive Research and Study Center.

To arrange onsite research viewing access, please contact the Archive Research and Study Center (ARSC).


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