The American Genre Film Archive to restore
and distribute William Lee's classic films
THE AMERICAN GENRE FILM ARCHIVE has offered William Lee a distribution deal for the worldwide representation, and theatrical release of a number of his historic films including DRAGON VS NINJA, THE NEW CHINESE CONNECTION and TREASURE OF THE NINJA.
READ THE STATEMENT FROM WILLIAM LEE:
I was honored to have Joe Ziemba of AGFA reach out to me about the possibility of restoring these decades-old films to 4k Ultra HD. I was further humbled to hear that during these past 40 years, my films had reached a wider audience than I ever dreamed. I actually have fans around the world! WTF!
When I was selling "Treasure of the Ninja" out of the trunk of my car back in 1987, to video stores around the country, I figured I’d make a few thousand bucks and that was it. I now see my work had a much deeper and meaningful impact. This has just floored me!
Formed in 2009, the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Austin, Texas. AGFA exists to preserve the legacy of genre movies through collection, conservation, and distribution. Our archive counts among its advisors Alamo Drafthouse founders Tim and Karrie League, filmmakers Paul Thomas Anderson, Anna Biller, Frank Henenlotter, and Nicolas Winding Refn, musician RZA, exploitation film savior Lisa Petrucci, and genre film superheroes Zack Carlson and Lars Nilsen. Housing over six thousand film prints, a 4K film scanner, and theatrical and home video distribution arms, AGFA will never rest until genre movies rule the world.
AGFA handles theatrical distribution for Shout! Factory, Arrow Films, Vinegar Syndrome, Xenon, and many others, as well as distributing titles on home video and to theaters.
AGFA has represented everything from PHANTASM to DOLOMITE, from RE-ANIMATOR to RINGU, with a client base of 300+ theaters.
SPEECHLESS. Not just a "deal" but my films are considered important enough to be RESTORED AND PRESERVED.
Your boy was crying like a bride to be when I heard this!
I’ll have more details as we proceed, and it looks like the blu ray release will take place in 2021.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me for the past 40 years, and even those who are just finding my film work out here in the wide wide world of indie filmmaking.
I once was lost, but now I have been found.
The best is yet to come.