The MIAMI BEACH FILM SOCIETY (MBFS), the founding organization of the Miami Beach Cinematheque, is continuing its mission of preserving and presenting cinema as an art form by focusing on and developing one its signature projects, “THE MBC INTERACTIVE ARCHIVE”. The project is a digital presentation of the entire history of cinema highlights from the 1880s to today, illustrated by its massive collection of film “accessories” (international posters of all types, programs, pressbooks/kits and other types of promotional memorabilia and ephemera—in essence, everything that promotes films, rather than the actual films).
The project, which in the time of Coronavirus is being released digitally beyond its home venue, O Cinema South Beach (previously Miami Beach Cinematheque), is complemented by retrospective screenings, gallery exhibitions and overviews by MBFS Director and collector Dana Keith. The supplements to the digital project will continue soon, upon the venue re-opening. MBFS also programs several continuing series such as “Museum and a Movie” in collaboration with the neighboring Wolfsonian Museum, “The Best of Cannes” (and other film festivals) and “Cinephile’s Choice”, a series of artistically significant, challenging and unusual first-release and newly restored films that would not otherwise receive a run in a local cinema.