From: Mary Jordan (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jan 21 2006 - 13:52:37 PST
My premiere of JACK SMITH & THE DESTRUCTION OF ATLANTIS was pulled from the
Rotterdam Film Festival. It can't be finished because the Plaster
Foundation are withholding needed elements.
Thank you to everyone who's supported me and contributed to this film. I am
determined to finish it!! But I can not until I select and receive 40 photo
negatives by Jack Smith that were paid for and licensed from the Plaster
Foundation back in 2002.
Jim Hoberman and Penny Arcade are gate-keeping! Jim has some of the photos
in his Tribeca storage locker and Penny others in her lower east side
apartment. These are photographs that they have no right to title for but
still are keeping them under lock and key. For what purpose?!!
Jim and Penny's position is that I've been given "unprecedented access" to
Jack's photographs and claim no further obligation to me or my film.
Their unprecedented contributions would have me featuring (in my high
definition finish) NONE of the Jack Smith photo-images I've chosen to
feature. And LOW RESOLUTION transparency scans and scans of scratched
CONTACT SHEETS of the images I have been allowed to see. This does not sound
like a contribution that befits the undying contributors to Jack Smith's
legacy Jim and Penny make themselves to be.
Please take action to urge Jim Hoberman and Penny Arcade to act in the best
interest of Jack Smith's art and release these and other needed materials to
my film as promised. They have no legal right to possess these images or
Jack's archives, but still are interfering. Minimally they should
immediately release them to a third party for safekeeping and monitored
access to fulfill their obligations to my film and Jack Smith fans at large.
Jack Smith's sister and family (who legally own the works) are 100%
supportive of the film, and offered complete open access to Jack's archive.
But Hoberman and Arcade are blocking this.
Please if you have interest in Jack Smith, do not stand by idly...ask your
own questions and encourage that jack's art be released from the crusty
vaults for all to see!!!
"Critics are handmaidens of the lobster" Jack Smith
Two Work-in-progress screenings at the IFFR. I will
appreciate anyone who can stop by to show their support.
"DRESS REHEARSAL: Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis"
Rotterdam International Film Festival Screen Dates
Tuesday Jan. 31st--- First screening of the work-in-progress
Thursday Feb. 2nd --2:45 pm screening public
Saturday Feb. 4th --SCREENING CANCELLED (!!!)
PS - the withdrawal letter to IFFR was posted at TonguePress.com
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.