What is Rep Cinema International?

Rep Cinema International is a newsletter about repertory and archival cinema programming around the world. It’s a mix of news, opinions and interviews with programmers, archivists and others invested in curating and exhibiting cinema both historical and contemporary in surprising and exciting ways.

Who runs it?

Rep Cinema International is written and edited by Herb Shellenberger. I’m a film programmer and writer based in London and originally from the United States.

Since 2010, I’ve programmed a wide variety of film series and screenings at venues like Anthology Film Archives in New York, the Irish Film Institute in Dublin, Light Industry in Brooklyn, LUX in London, Pavilion/Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds, Tate Modern in London and many more. I worked at Lightbox Film Center (International House Philadelphia) from 2008–14 and have programmed for the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival since 2016, in addition to contributing writing to Art Agenda, Art Monthly, The Brooklyn Rail, LUX and the Walker Art Center, among others.

Why does this exist?

I’m continually fascinated and inspired by creative and thought-provoking repertory cinema programming happening around the world. But it’s often difficult to find out about what’s happening beyond some institutions located in major cities which shout the loudest.

Rep Cinema International will highlight work from around the world, speak to programmers, archivists and restorationists who are breathing new life into older films and try to take a larger look at conditions that will affect our industry as a whole.

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For any questions, concerns, ideas or tips, please write me at RepCinemaInternational@gmail.com. You can also find us on Twitter @RepCinemaIntl and on Instagram @RepCinemas.


Herb Shellenberger
Editor of Rep Cinema International. Film programmer and writer based in London, originally from Philadelphia.