Re: 45th Ann Arbor Film Festival

From: Ken Bawcom (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Mar 27 2007 - 23:22:19 PDT


John,

Sorry to be so long in replying, but I was away from the computer,
working on the AAFF. I have worked on the AAFF since 1989. In that
time, we have not shown 8mm, or super 8, but I believe they may have in
the early years. For many years, we accepted ONLY 16mm for exhibition,
and also for screening, no VHS or DVDs. A few years back, we started
accepting 35mm for exhibition, and then began accepting video for
exhibition, and screening. I have mixed emotions about this. I do
prefer film, but I must admit that many videos look pretty darned good
on the big screen, when shown on the Michigan Theater's three-chip DLP
projector.

I hate VHS screeners, especially those sent to us in SLP. But, some of
my favorite work, even 16mm, comes to us that way. I have a 56" DLP HD
TV, and a 400 disc DVD changer. Call me lazy, but I have come to
accept, even like, DVDs for screening purposes, as they are so quick
and easy to handle, look good if the transfer is good, and don't
present any chance of damaging an expensive print. We have had entries
done originally in HDV that looked better than most commercially
produced DVDs of 35mm films. I do miss the old days, of screening all
on 16mm, but it just isn't possible any more.

Ken Bawcom

Quoting john porter <email suppressed>:

> Thanks Ken,
> A lot of talk about prints (eg - "we always obtain
> prints, if at all possible.") but super 8 prints are
> rare now. Do you show at least some super 8 or 8mm
> originals every year? I love original film.
> I've only ever been to the Ann Arbor 8mm Film
> Festival. After that ended, did your festival start
> showing small format films regularly?
> John.
>
> --- Ken Bawcom <email suppressed> wrote:
>
>> John,
>>
>> I am almost certain they will be 16mm prints. Her
>> films have always
>> been exhibited as prints here in the past. And, I
>> believe I heard we
>> were getting prints. I will call the office tomorrow
>> and confirm this.
>> We always do our best to get prints.
>>
>> Her films are of course not in competition. But,
>> when films/videos are
>> submitted in competition, if the application form
>> says they were made
>> on film, but they have a video format listed for
>> exhibition, we always
>> ask if they can possibly send us a print. Of course,
>> often that is not
>> possible, because the film was transfered to, and
>> edited in, video, and
>> not conformed. This interchange means that we may
>> not always know what
>> format we will be showing at the time the program is
>> finalized, and
>> posted on our site. But, we always obtain prints, if
>> at all possible.
>> Our printed program has listed the exhibition
>> formats in the past, and
>> I presume will do so this year. I am involved with
>> screening and
>> programming of competition films. Others contact the
>> makers, to see
>> what is the best format we can obtain. So, I don't
>> always know, until
>> opening night or the day before, when I get a
>> program.
>>
>> Ken B.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Quoting john porter <email suppressed>:
>>
>> > Thanks Ken,
>> > I can't find many formats listed, production or
>> > projection, on your website.
>> > "newly remastered collection of Helen Hillís 16mm
>> > films"
>> > Does this mean new 16mm prints?
>> > John.
>> >
>> > --- Ken Bawcom <email suppressed> wrote:
>> >
>> >> ----- Forwarded message from email suppressed
>> >> -----
>> >> Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 07:33:10 -0600
>> >>
>> >> Frameworkers,
>> >>
>> >> There are a number of programs that may be of
>> >> particular interest to
>> >> FWers at the Ann Arbor Film Festival which begins
>> >> next week.
>> >> Toshio Matsumoto and Ken Jacobs will be present
>> for
>> >> two programs each
>> >> of their work.
>> >> Boston filmmaker Robert Todd will be there with a
>> >> program of his
>> >> recent films and Bruce McClure will present
>> several
>> >> of his new
>> >> projector performances.
>> >> The festival jurors this year include David
>> Gatten
>> >> and Deborah
>> >> Stratman who will be presenting programs of their
>> >> films. This is in
>> >> addition to all of the great new film and video
>> work
>> >> exhibited in many
>> >> programs over six full days.
>> >> The full schedule is at www.aafilmfest.org
>> >>
>> >> -David Dinnell
>> >>
>> >> ----- End forwarded message -----
>> >>
>> >> David asked me to forward the above message. I
>> would
>> >> like to add that I
>> >> think we have an exceptionally strong program of
>> >> entries in competition
>> >> this year, with several of my personal favorite
>> film
>> >> makers returning,
>> >> with excellent works, after too long an absence.
>> >> That includes Carl
>> >> Brown, Francois Miron, and Paul Winkler, to name
>> >> just a few that come
>> >> easily to my tired mind. We hope that as many of
>> you
>> >> as can will
>> >> attend, and enjoy the wide variety of fine film
>> and
>> >> video, shown in a
>> >> wonderfully restored old theater. The Festival
>> >> begins this coming
>> >> Tuesday, March 20th, and continues through
>> Sunday,
>> >> March 25th. All
>> >> pertinent info, including detailed schedules, are
>> >> available at
>> >> www.aafilmfest.org.
>> >>
>> >> Ken Bawcom
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>
>> >
>>
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>> >
>> >
>> > John Porter, Toronto, Canada
>> > http://www.super8porter.ca/
>> > email suppressed
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> John Porter, Toronto, Canada
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