The Estate Project's Film Preservation Program was publicly launched in April 2000 with a major exhibition of the preserved work of Warren Sonbert at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. With support from the Robert D. Farber Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Judith Rothschild Foundation, the Estate Project has created a model program for the preservation of independent film. Conceptualized by curator and archivist Jon Gartenberg, the Film Preservation Program is a collaborative project with the Academy Film Archive and the Guggenheim Museum. The Estate Project has completed preservation on the work of Sonbert, Jack Waters and Tom Chomant, and is currently working with the unfinished films of David Wojnarowicz.


Read John Gartenberg's essay on the films of Warren Sonbert.


Warren Sonbert in the 1960's
Photo: Ascension Serrano,
The Estate of Warren Sonbert


Read Philip Lopate's essay in memory of Sonbert, originally published in Loss within Loss, an anthology edited by Edmund White in cooperation with the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS.


Still from Short Fuse (1992)
Photo: Ascension Serrano,
The Estate of Warren Sonbert