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 imagemakers.

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, multimedia, encasements, audio narrative and program. 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:


Sponsor Levels

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 this website, and the first 100 names will appear on a permanent plaque within the exhibit. 


become a supporter or program partner

If you're a business or organization that can support The First CineMakers program in a more substantial way - through institutional funding, resources, program support or volunteering, please let us know what you have in mind. 

If you have access to artifacts, collections and historical info that can help us better tell the story of early cinema technology, please reach out. 




The first cinemakers

Industry City – Building 4
88 35th Street, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11232