From: Andy Ditzler (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Aug 31 2008 - 10:50:37 PDT
Well this is great news, as I'd never heard of this film by Beydler. I
showed both Pasadena Freeway Stills and Hand Held Day here last year,
and was really impressed with both.
Mark, are Hand Held Day and Mirror being restored as well?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Toscano" <email suppressed>
To: <email suppressed>
Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2008 7:23 PM
Subject: Venice Pier by Gary Beydler
> Hi folks,
> Has anyone here ever heard of, or actually seen VENICE PIER (1976) by
> Gary Beydler (he's best known for PASADENA FREEWAY STILLS and HAND
> HELD DAY)?
> I'm working on its restoration, and it's amazing. I'm just curious
> if, in its extremely limited public showings in 1976-78, any folks
> here saw it, and if so, what you thought of it, especially if you went
> to its initial premiere at the Gargosian Gallery in L.A. Any
> reminiscences or thoughts?
> thanks much,
> mark t
> p.s. As soon as there are new prints from the restoration, the film
> will be able to circulate, and Gary's excited about the idea that
> people will finally be able to see it. He says it was met with
> indifference at its initial showings, which helped discouraged him
> from producing more films. This seems crazy to me - the film is
> p.p.s. For those of you who can make it, the restored print will show
> in Vienna at the Austrian Filmmuseum, I believe on October 15, as part
> of a series of programs curated by Thom Andersen alongside the
> Viennale. They'll also be showing the restored print of Pasadena
> Freeway Stills in this program. Stateside, I should be showing both
> in a program of Academy-restored L.A. artists' films at UCLA's Billy
> Wilder Theater in October or November.
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.