the word is out: experimental film is available for use on dvd by educators

From: jarrod whaley. (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Mar 03 2006 - 14:33:50 PST

Cari wrote:

"it's not about whining

it's about talking discussing reality
why don't you stop judging

also i think the artists/thinkers on the list are not about jon q public
so our concerns are not there
besides to lump ignorance is not that smart
it is of a trueth but not complete
as su fredrick has stated
- i would rather have 10 people see my work and get it
than thousands that don't -"

Isn't judgment, in one form or another, at the very heart of all critical thinking? Without judgment, aren't we no more than slavish parrots?

If, as you say, "the artists/thinkers on the list are not about jon q public" then what are they about? Something better? What are they, Olympic Gods? If your concerns are not those of the public, and you truly live in an ivory tower where feces has no odor, then good for you. You can do whatever you want. I'm just telling you why I personally think avoiding video at all costs is not only a form of suicide, but also an incredibly elitist and futile gesture.

Your final point strikes me as particularly inane, I have to say. There's no guarantee that a group of ten celluloid fetishists is going to "get" your work any more than a room full of "average joes." And if you show your work to thousands of people, you may be able to find 20 or 30 people who "get" your work instead of just the 10. Those extra 10 or 20 people you don't seem to care about might actually benefit from seeing your work. It seems it's only the "in-crowd" of fetishists that you care about.

If your work is so limited in effect that it must be seen on film and no other medium in order to be "gotten," i.e. if it is so focused on the medium that no other qualities in it are worth exploring, then nothing I have to say applies to you anyway, so just ignore me. I'm talking about work that has meaning and importance beyond self-fetishization and masturbation.

I haven't seen your work, of course, I'm just going by the way you present it here. I apologize if any of this sounds harsh, but I felt it was called for.

-->jarrod whaley.
filmmaker. videographer.
web designer. educator.

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