Re: "How to" buy/rent films on 16mm

From: J. Mabe (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Sep 14 2006 - 12:33:48 PDT

Heya Björn!

I sometimes feel similarly isolated in South Carolina,
US. For a long time my exposure to these films was a
yearly trip to New York to see the Views from the
Avant Garde and occasional trips to Anthology Film
Archive and NYC’s Donnel Media Center (the two
greatest places I know of in this world – anything
like them in EU?). But at that time, I could easily
find flights for $100-140 bucks and stay in the hostel
for $25.

But now I have a regular job and a regular paycheck,
so I’m committing about $80-100 a month to renting a
very short program of films for screenings around
town. It's a lot of money, but I hope I can build an
audience and maybe not bare all the costs after some
time and work.

I don’t know how much European distributors charge
(have you looked at Light Cone or Six Pack – those and
LUX are the only ones I know of) – but I can find some
reasonably priced films in the catalogs of Canyon and
Filmmaker’s Co-op. Again, this might not work for you
– I don’t know anything about European distributors.

Other options might include proposing screenings to
local theaters, arts organizations, and universities.
While I was a student at the University of South
Carolina it was very easy to convince the “film
selection committee” that we should show these films.
Again, it was probably a special case, as USC has
pretty good screening facilities and regular
screenings of 35mm films rented at obscene prices from
Swank – so my begging (annoying, more like it) for a
couple hundred to put on a nice series was pretty dang
easy (Thanks Gamecocks football!). And now I’m asking
the local non-profit arts theater in town if they’d be
interested in showing some cheap screenings that I
think I could sell an audience on (Kuchars, Robert
Breer), so something might happen there, too.

So, that’s some things that have worked for me – I
don’t know your situation, so none of this may be
useful – and hopefully others have some bright ideas,
too. I think there was a thread on Frameworks not
long ago asking some similar questions (started by
Pablo Marin?). Have a look around. Best of luck.

-JB Mabe

--- Lundgren <email suppressed> wrote:

> So I'm sick of being out of touch, and waiting for
> this and wanting that and
> seeing all those notices about all those screenings
> in the US, UK or France.
> I want film too. ;)
> I've checke out canyon and lux, but it seems I need
> to be a millionaire to
> be able to see a 3 min short. Shipping here shipping
> there, special charges
> for International order etc.
> I figure these figures are intended for commercial
> screenings of some kind,
> but I sort of wonder if there's any other
> possibilities available for me as
> a private person.
> Perhaps it's possible to buy or rent prints directly
> from filmmakers...?
> Help me out, please!
> Björn Lundgren
> Sweden
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> <email suppressed>.

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