Re: why we shoot film

From: Freya (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Mar 05 2006 - 09:33:39 PST

> It could be that this also applies to this:
> > These are good things. This is freedom
> j

Exactly! I couldn't have put it better myself. It
does. :)

I think I said in my mail something to the effect that
this is also okay, and it is.

Some works of art will survive in some form. I think
this is good. I'd love to see original film prints of
films by Kenneth Anger or Maya Deren etc, but I know
that theres a good chance that I never will and that I
will have to be happy with the reproductions available
on DVD and video-tape. That's okay, I'm lucky to get
to see and enjoy and even to know about obscure things
like Stan Brakhage and Maya Deren and Kenneth Anger,
at all!

Some works won't survive if film goes away, as seems
very likely, and that is sad but if it is the artists
wish that the films remain only films, then that is
okay too.

You know theres lots of films rotting away that the
artists would love to be restored and released on
video, so we should put our resources into worrying
about those films rather than the ones where people
don't want a DVD or video release.

It's funny because I think the problem with releasing
things on DVD and video is usually nothing to do with
the artists intent but to do with economics. How much
stuff is available and out there? Is it because of the
artists intent or is it because they can't afford a
DVD/VHS release, don't have access to distribution, or
that there isn't a big enough market to make the stuff
available. I think the last 3 and probably more.

I don't know what can be done about that, but I do
like what people like Pip are doing to make these
works available on DVD and video.



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