From: Ken Bawcom (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Sep 10 2008 - 23:03:05 PDT
Just got back from camping out at the Wheatland Music Festival, sorry
to take so long to respond. I'm sure that Ruth can give you the
details. Although I attended the AAFF back then, I wasn't working on
I'm not so sure about the trap door. What I recall hearing is that
there were lookouts posted, and someone waiting below the projection
booth, to catch the film(s) that was pitched to them, and spirit it
off. This was in U of M's old A&D building, now called Lorch Hall. The
projection booth is rather small, and at the top of a short stair. It
has windows that open into the main floor seating area.
The only raid I sort of experienced was when I had tickets to the
second showing of Flaming Creatures, and it was confiscated during the
first show. This was not an AAFF showing, however.
If Ruth doesn't fill you in, post again, or e-mail me, and I'll find
someone who can give you something more definite.
Quoting jason livingston <email suppressed>:
> Hello Frameworkers
> I've tried searching the archives, but to no avail. I'm trying to
> piece together the legendary story about the Ann Arbor Film Festival
> in which projectionists maintained a trap door in the booth to
> store film prints for the many (?) raids during the 60s. Does that
> ring a bell with anyone? Ken B, maybe you have the skinny on this
> thanks very much! and looking forward to seeing the AAFF tour
> tomorrow evening
> Jason Livingston
> Ithaca, NY
> Jason Livingston
> James B. Pendleton Teaching Fellow
> Dept of Cinema, Photography & Media Arts
> Roy H. Park School
> Ithaca College
> Ithaca, NY 14850
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