Re: Examples of personal documentaries

From: Roger Beebe (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jan 25 2007 - 12:08:46 PST

Y'know, if you live in NYC, instead of renting from Netflix (which is
really the Starbucks of video rental), you could go to a REAL VIDEO
STORE. How about Kim's? While it's great that Netflix has lowave &
Other Cinema & Peripheral Produce DVDs (if I remember correctly),
wouldn't it be nice to encourage people who really care about these
things & make an effort to support independent/experimental work
(beyond just adding it to their catalogue of 60000 titles)? If you
live in Sioux Falls, SD, then maybe Netflix is your best option. But
if you've got a good local video store in your town, USE IT. They
may not have all 60000 titles, but I'm sure they'll care a lot more
about the ones they do. And what about all the great stuff on VHS
that's never made it to Netflix--like the Peter Rose Facets tapes,
for one of a thousand examples. Or for a more pertinent example,
what about Alan Berliner's great personal docs Nobody's Business and
Intimate Stranger. VHS only, I'm afraid. (You can still get his
penultimate film, The Sweetest Sound, on DVD, presumably from
Netflix--although Kim's devotes a section to his work.)


p.s. Full disclosure: I own a video store in Gainesville, FL with a
section of experimental films (as many as we can afford--but we could
afford more if people would realize that as convenient as Netflix is,
they're still a massive corporation of the kind we're mostly supposed
to be uncomfortable about).

On Jan 25, 2007, at 5:38 PM, scott nyerges wrote:

> Hi all:
> I'm seeking recommendations for examples of personal documentaries,
> especially those that employ experimental filmmaking techniques,
> for some inspiration on a project of my own. Titles that I might be
> able to find via Netflix or at an institution like the Donnell
> Media Center in NYC, would be especially appreciated.
> Many thanks,
> -> scott
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