Film by Alum Joe Dante Kicks Off MoMA's Annual Film Preservation Festival

'The Movie Orgy' by the 'Gremlins' director featured in 'The New York Times'

A scene from Dante's restored film, "The Movie Orgy"

October 25, 2011

"The Movie Orgy," an epic-length mash-up created by film director Joe Dante BFA ’68 (Photography) in the late 1960s, kicked off this year’s edition of the Museum of Modern Art's annual festival of film preservation, "To Save and Project."

Featured in The New York Times, "To Save and Project" runs through November 25 at MoMA.

A "hilarious metamovie in which five or six stories seem to be going on at once," his film toured college campuses for years in a constantly changing form that varied in length. A four-hour version – digitally transferred from Dante's one surviving, hand-cut copy – was shown at this year's festival.

"I think the funky condition actually contributes to the fun," Dante said of the scratches and dust spots that invade "The Movie Orgy."

Dante’s other director credits include "Piranha," "The Howling" and "Twilight Zone: The Movie," but he had his first major hit in 1984 with "Gremlins" and its 1990 sequel, "Gremlins 2: The New Batch."

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