From: Mark Toscano (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Aug 31 2008 - 12:55:10 PDT
Hand Held Day is next. The original is Kodachrome and looks incredible. I'm holding out a little longer on Mirror and Los Ojos because the originals are lost, but there's the off chance Gary will turn them up. Mirror is Super 8, and I have one really nice print, but it'd obviously be nice to work from the original.
Amazingly, the only reason I have ANYTHING on Los Ojos (I have one good print) is that a guy had found a reel of three of Gary's films in a flea market in (I think) Atlanta 25 years ago, and bought it, having no idea who he was or what the films were. He watched the films and really loved them, and shared them with friends over the years. Just a year or two ago, he came across a frameworks posting in which I was trying to track down prints, he got in touch with me, and sent me the reel, for which I'm extremely grateful. (Gary has no idea how this could've gotten to a flea marker.)
I'm going to talk to Gary about getting new prints into distribution too, so they'll be more easily available.
--- On Sun, 8/31/08, Andy Ditzler <email suppressed> wrote:
> From: Andy Ditzler <email suppressed>
> Subject: Re: [FRAMEWORKS] Venice Pier by Gary Beydler
> To: email suppressed
> Date: Sunday, August 31, 2008, 10:50 AM
> 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
> > 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
> > 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.
> > For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at
> <email suppressed>.
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at
> <email suppressed>.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.