Re: 45th Ann Arbor Film Festival

From: john porter (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Mar 28 2007 - 06:41:21 PDT


Hi Ken,
Thanks for that detailed response, and I fully
appreciate delayed replies.
Email (particularly Frameworks) is ephemeral but
overwhelming. I try not to take it too seriously.
There are too many better things to do. I have owed
proper replies such as yours to many people on this
list for a long time, so I too apologize, but I intend
to reply eventually, including to your clear and
concise history of AAFF.
Take it easy, John.

--- Ken Bawcom <email suppressed> wrote:

> 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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