Re: The Tank

From: Susan Agliata (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Aug 21 2006 - 10:46:18 PDT


I would like to clarify the mission of The Tank and address some issues a
few individuals seem to have with the submission process:

The Tank is a not-for-profit organization for the visual and performing
arts and operates with an almost entirely volunteer staff to program,
manage, and maintain the venue. New works find a home here, artists find
an environment where they can create as well as present, and audiences
find welcoming ticket prices to a dynamic schedule that has given
unconventional programming a stage in the heart of Manhattan.

The Tank keeps only a very small percentage of the ticket sales to the
screenings and the remainder is given DIRECTLY to the artists/filmmakers.
Once again, the programmers/organizers do not receive financial

A submission fee for festivals and screening opportunities is standard
practice and is necessary to pay bills and rent for running a monthly
screening in Tribeca. All submission fees go directly towards maintenance
of the venue and once again the organizers are not compensated financially
through these fees.

It is truly disheartening to me that this has been met with such cynical
criticism. The Tank is merely one venue of a community of non-profit
organizations dedicated to screening underrepresented experimental film
and video to the public on a continuing basis, and it is integral that
this endeavor is sustained through the support of the greater experimental
moving picture community.

Susan Agliata
The Tank: New York Experimental
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