We believe in the power of the moving image, and the importance of preserving its technological history in order to inform and inspire a new generation of image-makers.
Please join us in our efforts to preserve these important elements of our history, and help us share them with those innovators and creators who would appreciate them the most.
Funding is needed for the construction of all exhibit elements, including displays and multimedia encasements, audio narrative to accompany the materials in a self-guided tour, and overall programming. All funds raised beyond these requirements will go towards the creation of grants, events, and programs held at the AbelCine Learning Point relating to the promotion and education of early cinema technology and The First CineMakers.
The First CineMakers is a non-profit organization in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Your donation may qualify for an income tax deduction in accordance with Federal and/or State income tax laws. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine whether your donation is tax deductible in whole or in part.
Here are some ways you can help support our cause:
Friends of The First CineMakers
Join our efforts and let other image-makers know that you believe in the preservation of our cinematic history by becoming a Friend of The First CineMakers. Make a charitable donation between $25 and $500 and your name will appear on The First CineMakers website. The first 100 names will appear on a permanent plaque within the exhibit. You’ll also be invited to a special evening event, upon completion of the full exhibit.
Sponsor The First CineMakers
If you're a business or organization that can support The First CineMakers program in a more substantial way, please consider a donation at one of these levels:
Your organization’s name will appear on an independent plaque within the exhibit and on The First CineMakers website in the sponsors section.
Your organization’s name will appear on an independent plaque next to one of the eight currently planned exhibits and on The First CineMakers website in the sponsors section, with a profile listing.
Your organization’s name will appear on an independent plaque next to the entrance for The First CineMakers and on The First CineMakers website in the sponsors section, with a profile listing. Employees of your company will be invited to a special evening event, upon completion of the full exhibit, that will feature key exhibit contributors, as well as a private tour of the exhibition.
Volunteer or Donate Artifacts
If you or your organization can support The First CineMakers through program partnership, promotion, resources, or volunteering, please let us know what you have in mind.
If you have access to artifacts, collections or historical info that can help us better tell the story of early cinema technology, please reach out.