"How to" buy/rent films on 16mm

From: David Tetzlaff (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Sep 14 2006 - 16:15:02 PDT


Rental prices at Canyon, FMC and MOMA are directly related to the costs of
striking prints. Film prints are expensive to make and they don't last
that long. I have the impression that Canyon is somewhat more expensive
than FMC or MOMA sometimes because they put more labor into print
inspection and turn over prints more often. When you rent a film, the bulk
of your payment goes for the wear you will put on the print, calculated on
a per/foot basis.

The sad fact is that of you don't live in one of the few major world
cities that are home to active screening venues, your options to see most
experimental films are few and expensive.

AFAIK all the above distributors would rent to any high school. Just give
FMC or Canyon a call. Their catalogs are online. The MOMA circulating
library is different from the museum holdings, but they have a lot of
stuff. The catalog isn't on line though, and it's hard to get a printed
copy, you can call and request one, but they're very slow about sending
them out.

For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.