New York, NY —
New Yorker Films was forced to close its doors this week when its parent company defaulted on a loan. Dan Talbot founded New Yorker Films in 1965. He was famous for championing documentaries, independents and foreign films.
TALBOT: From the very beginning I never had my eye on the market. I don't like the business end of film distribution at all. I'm a cinephile, I just went where the song was and I distributed many films that positively have no no market at all.
REPORTER: Today, many of the choices Talbot made seem more popular than risky. New Yorker Films distributed the work of Godard, Fassbinder, and Berteluchi, and it was a pioneer in bringing African cinema to the US, especially the work of Ousmane Sembene.
There's more on New Yorker Films in our art-cult podcast at wnyc.org.