Re: who's entitled?

From: Nicky Hamlyn (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Jan 25 2008 - 11:44:35 PST

Good points. Media City has shown wonderful work by Jayne Parker,
Emily Richardson, Rose Lowder, Helga Fanderl and others, and Helga
Fanderl was shown at the NYFF last year. There were no language
problems, and the fact that these festivals show international work
suggests that the obstacles to showing work from around the world are
not insurmountable, even though it's obvious that one is going to see
more local work than foreign, generally speaking, wherever one lives.

I guess I was provoked by the publication of another book (which in
itself is to be applauded) whose use of a universal: "women", elides
unstated exclusions: "not women from outside north America", even if
this was not deliberate (worse in a way, though, if it was not) and
even if the issue is addressed in the introduction.

There are issues of cultural, linguistic and political hegemony here
that complicate things, obviously.

  Would it seem odd if a Japanese book about Japanese (plus one or
two Korean or Chinese) women filmmakers called "Women Experimental
Film Makers" were published?


On 25 Jan 2008, at 07:14, Patrick Friel wrote:

> On 1/25/08 12:30 AM, "Chuck Kleinhans" <email suppressed>
> wrote:
>> But they don't have any Nicky Hamlyn
>> films....If I haven't seen any or screened any, it's not simply from
>> some perverse national chauvinism.
> For the record, I've shown a few of Nicky's films in the Onion City
> festival
> so some have shown in Chicago. Last year I showed his 16mm loop film
> "Risoni" which, along with many others of his, is quite wonderful.
> The Media City festival in Windsor, Ontario, Canada also regularly
> shows his
> work.
> So Nicky has a couple of North American groupie festivals!
> Chuck's larger point is right, though, that it is often external
> factors
> rather than disinterest that prevents non-U.S. work being seen in
> the states
> and vice-versa.
> When we have a giant experimental film digital server in the sky
> and all the
> grassroots venues, microcinemas, small specialty festivals, etc.
> all have
> million dollar digital projectors and broadband access, then we
> won't have
> to worry! Everything will be available to everyone. Beam Mr.
> Brakhage down,
> Scotty!
> Best,
> Patrick
> Chicago
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