Re: PLEA for ACTION!!!-----Jack Smith held hostage!

From: James Tully Studio (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jan 21 2006 - 22:18:46 PST

Granted, I'm no Jack Smith fan...

But weren't you already showing the film last month. I saw printed
invitations and even got 'open bar' invitations for your film from three
different people.

Was this the same film?


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On Behalf Of Mary Jordan

Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2006 4:53 PM

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Subject: PLEA for ACTION!!!-----Jack Smith held hostage!


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!!!

Mary Jordan-Director

"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


PS - the withdrawal letter to IFFR was posted at



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