Reserve Film and Video Collection of the New York Library for the Performing Arts

Continuing our series highlighting the different institutions contributing to the World Day for Audiovisual Preservation on October 27th, today we focus on the Reserve Film and Video Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The collection holds over 6000 16mm films, 5000 VHS tapes and 1200 DVDs, with a primary focus on independently produced works. Its holdings range from short film, to documentaries of all forms, to animation, to experimental film, to works produced by and for children and young adults. For more information, visit

“The Unanswered Question,” 1967. Courtesy David Hoffman.

On October 27th we are very excited to present two short films from the Reserve Film and Video Collection’s holdings: Sides, a seven-minute docudrama directed by J.T. Takagi in 1970, exploring racial tensions in New York through the romance between an African American boy and a Chinese girl; and The Unanswered Question, directed by David Hoffman, a five-minute series of street interviews in which NYC citizens discuss what the word ‘brotherhood’ means to them.