Re: CVM CALL FOR WORK: Abstract and Experimental Moving Images

From: Jeff Kreines (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Oct 01 2006 - 21:58:44 PDT

On Oct 1, 2006, at 11:38 PM, Montgomery, Jennifer R. wrote:

> context is everything.
> i'm sure i'm stating the obvious, but it rubbed me the wrong way so i
> thought i'd speak up.

But there's no submission fee! ;-)

No, it really bothered me too. There's a terrible film about San
Francisco Hippies (that's the right word here) on cable occasionally,
called Revolution -- and the credits indicate that they use footage
from filmmakers like Scott Bartlett and John Schofill. (Intercut
with bad interviews, tho I only made it through a few minutes.)

But in this case there is of course the possibility that rather than
even license the footage, some hack will merely copy the technique,
look, imagery, and content anew. Happens all the time. (See
discussions re Dorsky and "American Beauty" and the plastic bag in
the wind video.)

Of course these people can steal images and ideas anyway -- but why
make it easier for them?

Years ago we used to get a lot of calls from Hollywood folks wanting
to borrow prints of one of our films, as a "professional courtesy."
One was from someone at Paramount, who explained that this was they
way things worked out there, and that studios always lent prints out
to others. So my partner Joel DeMott asked, ok, so can you please
send me a 35mm print of Godfather II? I'd like to see it, as a
professional courtesy.

That ended that call rather quickly.

Jeff Kreines

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