Re: Venice Pier by Gary Beydler

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?

Andy Ditzler
Atlanta, GA

----- 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
> 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
> fantastic.
> 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.
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