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Jon Gartenberg - Gartenberg Media

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Jon Gartenberg is President of Gartenberg Media Enterprises, Inc. His company restores and distributes libraries of classic and avant-garde films, and archives of publishing and photographic assets. For 18 years he worked as a curator in the film archive of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, where he acquired, catalogued, and preserved films for the permanent collection. His signature projects include restoring the films of Andy Warhol and editing the published catalog of MOMA's archival film collection. On an international level, Gartenberg has curated numerous film exhibitions, lectured extensively, and written many articles relating to film history and archiving, ranging in subject from D.W. Griffith to experimental cinema. Active in the International Federation of Film Archives, Gartenberg was a member of its Cataloguing Commission from 1982-1991. He is editor of the multi-lingual FIAF Glossary of Filmographic Terms. Following his career in the cultural sector, Gartenberg entered the business world, working at Broadway Video Entertainment and then at Golden Books Family Entertainment. He refurbished libraries of "B" movies and classic American television shows such as Saturday Night Live, Underdog, Lassie, and the Lone Ranger, for both international home video distribution and television broadcast. He also assembled extensive accompanying libraries of production records, film stills, scripts, and merchandising memorabilia. At Golden Books, he developed a comprehensive plan for modernizing the storage and access to a unique archive of published books, original artwork, and prepress film. Currently, as president of his own company, Gartenberg identifies, recovers, and disseminates libraries of moving images for a variety of clients, ranging from film archives to commercial entities, and from Hollywood talent to avant-garde filmmakers. Through this process, he enhances revenue streams from intellectual property assets. Among other projects, Gartenberg has consulted with the Nederlands Filmmuseum on their vast collection of American film holdings, with Steeplechase Films on their vintage collection of footage of New York, and with private collections of classic feature films. Gartenberg has also been actively involved in reviving the publishing assets of schools and educational institutions, including the Bank Street College of Education, where he spearheaded a project to recover significant amounts of unpaid royalties. He has also developed and implemented a project to catalogue and digitize the historic photo and document archives of the Spence School. From a programming perspective, Gartenberg has served as a juror on the Faces of Love film festival in Moscow (2000), as a consultant on the Allan Dwan retrospective at the Locarno Film Festival (2002), and since 2003, as a programmer from the Tribeca Film Festival. Gartenberg also has served as Program Director for the Film Preservation Project of the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS. In this capacity he produced the completion of the final film of experimental filmmaker Warren Sonbert, entitled Whiplash, which had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in 1997. He guest curated a career retrospective exhibition of this filmmaker at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City (1999), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, (2000), the Beaubourg Museum in Paris (2002), and the Vienna Filmmuseum (2005, forthcoming). Gartenberg is also co-owner of Re: Voir USA, a publishing and distribution company for experimental films on video, including works by dozens of artists, including Stan Brakhage, Ken Jacobs, Jonas Mekas, and many others.