On June 4, 2014, independent filmmaker John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi attended "Declarations of Independence: John Sayles as Author, Auteur, Founding Father," a symposium and ribbon cutting ceremony honoring Sayles. View the symposium slideshow here.

In 2013, writer and independent filmmaker John Sayles and his longtime producing partner Maggie Renzi donated some 230 boxes of archival material spanning Sayles’s entire career, from his 1979 directorial debut Return of the Secaucus 7 through Go for Sisters, his most recent release. The Hatcher Library also features a John Sayles exhibit "Sayles Pitch: John Sayles, Author, Auteur, Independent", which joins those of Robert Altman and Orson Welles in the library’s “American Film Mavericks at Michigan” collection, and includes scripts, production documents, legal documents, photographs, storyboards, correspondence, personal journals and props.

Read more about the archive here.