Re: Frameworks Decade and Beyond

From: 40 Frames (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jan 24 2007 - 10:47:15 PST

James Kreul wrote:
> Adam and Owen wrote about the video issue on the list. A running joke
> on the list used to be how long it would be between new film vs. video
> threads. But I'd much rather read another new thread on that topic,
> especially from more recent members, than having long-time members
direct > Frameworks to their junk folders (I'm assuming Sam is only
> about that). It has been quite a while since anyone has explicitly
> objected to productive video threads, and if there were an overt ban on
> topics I certainly would not start there.

Though I do not object (completely) to the discussion of video as it
pertains to video (as opposed to hybrid matters of film/video post, etc),
I do think it's important to recall the intent of this forum:

"Frameworks is an international forum on experimental film, avant-garde
film, film as art, film as film, or film as visual poetry; film's
expressive qualities, aside from or in addition to its storytelling
capacity. Any genre of experimental film, such as film diary, found
footage, abstract, flicker, lyric, subversive, expanded, etc., can be
discussed, as well as those films which fall into the cracks between the
genres, or those not covered by other lists. All aspects, from filmmaking
to criticism, are acceptable in this context, including unipersonal
production, techniques, history and esthetics of avant-garde film,
critical discussions, new directions, courses and teaching, festivals,
announcements of world-wide events in film, retrospectives, exchanges of
information, etc. This list is not intended for the discussion of
narrative film, nor documentary film, nor video, nor video art.

Frameworks was started by Pip Chodorov of Light Cone Distribution in
Paris; unmoderated."

This forum is "unmoderated", and there is a degree of open-ness that the
description of the forum would not suggest, and not just regarding video
as discussions about narrative and documentary films take place here as
well (though mostly work that pushes boundaries).

I would ask that people keep discussions about video in check in the
spirit of why this forum was created. Frameworks remains, both in terms of
the archived discussions and some of the more recent threads, a forum
dedicated to the art of "film" in its various formats. This distinction is
an important one, regardless of technological developments. And while
there are many forums related to purely technical aspects of video as well
as video art, there are very few about film which are as broad in scope
and as passionate (and all that comes with this) as Frameworks.

Where else can you find out about new preservation efforts, thoughts on
recent and past European art films, technical questions (and answers),
ideas on how to exhibit and distribute challenging films, discussions
about how Canyon and other coops have operated or should consider
operating, notes/reviews of new exp films, calls for new work,
announcements of symposiums and meetings, etc, etc ?


Alain LeTourneau
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425 SE 3rd, #400
Portland, OR 97214
United States

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Skype ID: frames40
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For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.