From: Mary Jordan (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jan 22 2006 - 07:06:29 PST
Thank you Freya! Someone who can read properly!!! YES, the work that was
paid for is not being made available.
> There seems to be a lot of confusion over this but I
> think I can explain it better.
> The problem Mary has is that she cannot get access to
> the images she needs to finish her film. This is
> nothing to do with copyright etc but because some
> people actually have the images and negatives in their
> possesion and these are the only copies of the images
> that exist.
> I imagine there are few suitable images of Jack
> available outside of what used to be Jack Smiths
> personal collection because there was not so much
> interest in Jacks work when he was alive. This is
> exacerbated by the fact that Mary appears to be
> finishing in HD(??????) and thus needs access to high
> resolution scans.
> The issue is more to do with control, who controls the
> actual negatives and prints that exist as opposed to
> copyright, the right to copy something. So the
> situation is more like DRM then it is like copyright
> if you want to make those kinds of analogies.
> As for the situation with screenings of the film, my
> understanding is that Mary is going ahead with some
> pre-screenings of the work in progress, basically she
> is going to show a piece of work that is unfinished.
> (Obviously possibly a dangerous thing as people may
> think they have seen the work no matter how hard you
> try to tell them otherwise!)
> The actual screening of the finished film has been
> cancelled as Mary feels unable to finish it at
> Presumably the movie is all ready to go bar the final
> --- Mary Jordan <email suppressed> wrote:
>> 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
>> 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
>> "DRESS REHEARSAL: Jack Smith and the Destruction of
>> Rotterdam International Film Festival Screen Dates
>> Tuesday Jan. 31st--- First screening of the
>> Thursday Feb. 2nd --2:45 pm screening public
>> Saturday Feb. 4th --SCREENING CANCELLED (!!!)
>> PS - the withdrawal letter to IFFR was posted at
>> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at
>> <email suppressed>.
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