The Film Society records

Special Collections
Margaret Herrick Library © 2014

Descriptive Summary

Title: The Film Society records
Date (inclusive): circa 1971-1973
Collection number: 269
Creator: The Film Society
Extent: 3 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

The Film Society records, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Douglas Edwards, 1989


The Film Society was an American cinema society in operation during the early 1970s in Los Angeles. The Society screened independent, avant-garde and/or noncommercial films with funding from the Muybridge Group. Douglas Edwards served as administrator and film programmer. The exhibition site was the Egg and the Eye restaurant and shop. The Film Society apparently disbanded in 1973 when the Egg and the Eye became the Craft and Folk Art Museum and Edwards moved on to Theatre Vanguard.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Film Society records span the years circa 1971-1973 and encompass 3 linear feet. The collection contains organization files, maintained by program director Douglas Edwards, on avante-garde films screened by the society at the Egg and the Eye. Included are clippings, correspondence, financial records, and programs. In addition, there are brochures and programs collected by Edwards from various artistic organizations located in Los Angeles that screened films. There is also material related to the Los Angeles Film International of 1973 for which Edwards served as festival director.


Arranged in the following series: Not arranged in series.

Indexing Terms

The Film Society
organization records