- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Independent film producer and distributor Ira Deutchman is donating his papers to a University of Michigan archive that includes materials from Orson Welles, Robert Altman and Robert Sayles.

Deutchman announced Wednesday in New York that he will give his entire archive to the Ann Arbor school’s Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers collection. His collection includes personal documents and emails, photographs, materials from art house exhibits, a collection of film festival catalogs and posters from films he represented.

The university says Deutchman’s collection offers “an inside look at the business of independent film from the mid-1970s to the present.”

Deutchman was a founder of Cinecom and later launched Fine Line Features. His credits include work on more than 150 films, including “The Player,” ”sex lies & videotape” and “Hoop Dreams.”

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