From: Bart Weiss (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Aug 20 2008 - 11:05:19 PDT

Thanks to the note about support for those that are left

what is really missing with the demise of AIVF and now FAF is advocacy
when issues come up there is no national voice to take them on
like for example ITVS contracts, media consolidation, etc
the good news is there are orgs like the Austin Film society that are
doing really well.

Bart Weiss
video association of dallas
dallas video fest

On Aug 20, 2008, at 8:49 AM, Rick Prelinger wrote:

> Access to tools.
> Every story is different, but many media arts centers like FAF came
> into existence because makers needed access to expensive tools.
> Most of them date back to the 1970s, a few earlier or later. That's
> when Steenbecks cost $40,000. Now people give them away on Craigslist.
> Most production shifted to video, then digital video. Tools got
> really cheap. The shrinking number of filmmakers were mostly too
> busy working (and trying to survive) to form organizations of their
> own geared towards keeping film tools, film services available and
> film cultures alive. Funders saw that ordinary, mostly formally
> untrained people had loaded over 120 million videos on YouTube, and
> figured that was where the action is. Institutional models of making
> work (in which makers found services, tools and advice from media
> orgs) were mostly replaced by individual models (in which makers
> work, live and die in isolation).
> I remember people lining up outside PFA to make sure they could get
> into the premiere of "Text of Light.". I remember crowds showing up
> to see Gunvor Nelson's work. Everything came together around film --
> art, politics, experience, community. Now people do it at Burning Man.
> What I take away from this is that where organizations still exist,
> they really need our support, whether you use them or not. Help keep
> the Echo Parks and Squeaky Wheels alive.
> And no slag on secretaries, but archivists aren't secretaries. Like
> secretaries, though, we don't get much respect until someone needs
> footage.
> Rick
> Rick Prelinger
> Prelinger Library & Archives, San Francisco
> Board President, Internet Archive
> From: Jim Carlile <email suppressed>
> Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 03:53:27 EDT
> To: <email suppressed>
> Subject: Re: FAF/SFFS
> In a message dated 8/19/2008 9:25:54 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, email suppressed
> writes:
> The question now remains: What sort of new model for arts funding
> and education can we, as a community create that will sustain us
> long into the future?
> p.s.--
> how about a model that is based around working, rather than
> organizing, or meeting, or creating an archive, or all the other
> secretarial tasks that many people seem to prefer to the real thing.
> It's only a deal if it's where you want to go. Find your travel deal
> here.
> __________________________________________________________________
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.

  Bart Weiss

          Better Living Through Video

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director/dallas video festival
Associate Professor/University of Texas at Arlington
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