Re: Experimental films showing at various Universities

From: Jim Carlile (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Nov 26 2008 - 19:37:12 PST

In a message dated 11/26/2008 9:56:24 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
email suppressed writes:

> unfortunate situation appears that a lot of experiment film classes or
> programs are mostly one person driven. Once that person retires the
> replacement is no longer interested in experimental cinema. I first
> noticed this when Dick Myers retired from Kent State. He use to rent at
> least $1500 a year for film screenings. Canyon has not received one
> film rental request since he left. The same is true for Occidental
> College when Chick Strand left, all rentals stopped. Stan Brakhage use
> to rental at least $5000 worth of experimental films from Canyon a
> the requests from UCB have dwindled down considerably. This
> is the same for the San Francisco Art Institute, School of the Art of
> Chicago, University of Oklahoma and many more places too numerous to
> list here.

I find this really sad and shocking-- what is it, money? Are younger
teachers just uninterested in either experimental films or 16mm prints? It makes no
sense to me, but maybe I'm naive. I mean, it's FILM !!!
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