From: field (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Mar 10 2006 - 15:20:58 PST
Festival are not only a way of showing works but also of
communicating with others, and they are able to open new ways of
seeing to people that have not being able to see A/G work before
I do think that seeing the works at the festival is for me one of the
important part of doing this, but the reality is:
It would be much easier just to travel to a few festivals and also
much less expensive than run a festival (we could earn money insted
of working months for free), so basically if the starting point is,
that a festivals does no good for the filmaker and the A/G cinema in
general then why doing it?
>Jason Halprin wrote:
>>One of the basic facts that exists for many A/G film and video makers
>>(in the US and elsewhere, though not everywhere) is that they will
>>never recoup the costs that are associated with their work, let alone
>>turn it into a full-time profession. As such it is more accuratley
>>described as a hobby, and hobbies are money-losing ventures.
>Baloney. One might not accumulate riches on par with the Sultan of
>Brunei, but many "underground" or "avant-garde" filmmakers can and
>do scratch out a meager existence. It just takes a little
>creativity, and the willingness to realize that good work doesn't
>have to cost a penny, if necessary, to make.
>I find this "hobby" business of yours very insulting. Dedicating
>one's life and energy to an often financially unrewarding (but often
>financially "livable") form of creativity is not on the same level
>of engagement and/or social worth as collecting Star Wars action
>figures or building model planes. Be careful with that glue, it's
>dangerous stuff, you know.
>>If you are against paying fees, look for free festivals. Or volunteer
>>for one so that your labor may bring down the fees for that
>>festival. Write the grant proposals, talk to donors, make press
>>out flyers, get on the radio, do whatever it takes. It is already
>>difficult for most of us the share our work with people we don't
>>personally know, so if festivals are not a necessity, they are a luxury
>>I believe is worth paying for.
>If you think it's worth paying for someone to potentially throw your
>work away and never tell you, then go ahead. Wipe your ass with $100
>bills, for all I care. I just happen to find Charmin to be much more
>cost efficient, not to mention less irritating to my sensitive bits.
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