Seven Women Seven Sins is fiscally sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television and donations are tax-deductible.
Who We Are
The Women's Film Preservation Fund (WFPF), founded by New York Women in Film & Television, aims to contribute to an understanding of the importance of women in film history and to increase awareness of the necessity for film preservation. WFPF is committed to preserving films and footage that represent diverse voices, visions and techniques regardless of vintage.
WFPF, the only fund of its kind in the world, has saved over 100 films in the last 15 years. The cost to preserve a single title can range from $10,000 to over $100,000. Past support has enabled us to do amazing work but so many films are still being lost. Donate to this exceptional fund and help us bring the essential role of women in cinema history to light.
Don’t let another important film vanish!
About the Project: Seven Women Seven Sins
Seven Women Seven Sins (1986) represents a quintessential moment in film history. The women filmmakers invited to direct for the seven sins were amongst the world's most renown: Helke Sander (Gluttony), Bette Gordon (Greed), Maxi Cohen (Anger), Chantal Akerman (Sloth), Valie Export (Lust), Laurence Gavron (Envy), and Ulrike Ottinger (Pride). Each filmmaker had the liberty of choosing a sin to interpret as they wished. The final film reflected this diversity, including traditional narrative fiction, experimental video, a musical, a radical documentary, and was delivered in multiple formats from 16, super 16, video and 35mm.
After its initial airing on TV, the film was unified by Maxi Cohen into a 16mm for its theatrical release. The film premiered at the Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, where Maxi’s film, ANGER, won the short film prize. The film went on to win many other international festival awards. The theater release of Seven Women Seven Sins caused quite a stir, as people lined up around the block to see this compelling anthology of the seven deadly sins.
What We Need: Our Goal
We want to restore this film before it disintegrates completely and is lost forever! We will need to create new elements for preservation and digital mastering of the 16mm film. Once the film has been preserved we can provide access to the film through screening prints and DVDs for public viewing. We need your help to finish what we started.
$43,000 is needed to preserve this important work. We have raised $25,000 in cash and in-kind services. We hope to raise $17,000 through this campaign.
Anything you can donate to the preservation of Seven Women Seven Sins will help us to get closer to our goal. Don’t forget to share this page with others! Use the share tool and help us to spread the word. Your collaboration with us will help to preserve another film for generations to come. Remember, your donation is tax-deductible.