Re: [Frameworks] [QUARANTINE NOT SET UP] Re: Views From the Avant-Garde 2010

From: rebecca meyers (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Oct 10 2010 - 10:17:33 PDT


Yes, but: saying that Peggy Ahwesh's films is a gem, or that one of David
Gatten's films was booed, doesn't really tell us anything about either
film. Which isn't to say I expect Su to write a report on her Facebook
status bar, only that her comment doesn't seem to illuminate much about what
was shown last weekend in NY. Only that she has problems with the
programming.

I can't say I've been lucky enough to attend any festival showing group
programs of short experimental films that weren't a combination of strong
and weaker work, and such a mixture seems inevitable since programming is a
subjective, creative act. But a conversation about how and why we find one
piece more successful than the other is interesting (while, for me, a boo is
just distracting).

For those not on FB or able to view that thread, Irina Leimbacher recently
commented that what is needed, within and beyond Views, is more discourse,
such as a conversation at screenings themselves; I think there was regret
across the board at Views this year (for those organizing the weekend as
well as those attending) that with so many filmmakers present from so many
parts of the country (and the globe), there was so little time to talk
between programs-let alone in a public forum following the screenings.

As you note, Views programming seems to be sensitive to feedback and has
worked to address the concern about the inclusion of films by women, and
the number of "new" makers screened has increased over the last few years as
well (I believe there were as many as 30 artists screening there this year
who hadn't before). I imagine we may see a different format next year when
it comes to finding ways to open up the conversation between the films and
the audience during the festival.

On Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 12:39 PM, Beebe,Roger W <email suppressed> wrote:

> Actually the recap does mention one title (Peggy Ahwesh's newest, which she
> liked) and also names the maker of the booed film (if not the film itself).
> But I think the recap could still be interesting or useful without a list
> of titles, and it's perhaps more so for not getting bogged down in specifics
> or targeting individual filmmakers for opprobrium. This little post is
> really just a footnote to her widely circulated broadside from a few years
> ago, although while there she was concerned primarily with the limited
> inclusion of films by women (an omission that Mark appears to have worked to
> address), her complaint now seems to be more general. And since people have
> been griping (generally) about TIE and other festivals here lately, perhaps
> a little general griping about Views could be tolerated as well.
>
> But your point about the Facebook thing being only semi-dialogic or open is
> well taken. Guess Facebook won't set us all free after all.
>
> Roger Beebe
> Gainesville, FL
>
> On Oct 10, 2010, at 10:17 AM, rebecca meyers wrote:
>
> The kind of amusing thing about the Facebook page is that it's so far a
> pretty insular discussion. Unless you are friends with Su, you can't take
> part. In an attempt to participate, I sent a request when the thread first
> appeared and so far it hasn't been accepted. The recap doesn't say
> anything about any film shown but is more a generalized complaint about the
> programming, and a cheer for someone who booed during a film (and a boo for
> the person who told the booer their behavior was disrespectful).
>
> Rebecca Meyers
> Cambridge MA
>
> On Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 6:58 PM, Beebe,Roger W <email suppressed> wrote:
>
>> See Su Friedrich's Facebook page for a brief but wonderfully contrary
>> recap.
>>
>> On Oct 9, 2010, at 6:47 PM, Patrick Friel wrote:
>>
>> Iíll have something on selected films from Views in Senses of Cinema at
>> some point. Copy is due end of October, but not sure when itíll be
>> published (SoC is online).
>>
>> And Genevieve Yue is writing something for Reverse Shot (also online).
>>
>>
>> Patrick Friel
>> Chicago
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On 10/9/10 5:24 PM, "Jacob" <email suppressed> wrote:
>>
>> I was wondering if anyone might be able to point me towards any coverage
>> of *Views* that I haven't come across and/or if those who had the
>> opportunity to attend would be willing to share their thoughts (on the
>> films, on the program as a whole, on interesting discussions that might have
>> taken place, anything really) with the list (or if preferred, privately
>> off-list). There were the overviews by Manohla Dargis and Tony Pipolo, both
>> lovely, and maybe one or two scattered articles on a few specific films, but
>> other than that I have found very little. If so, it would be greatly
>> appreciated.
>>
>>
>> Thanks for your time...
>>
>>
>>
>> ---
>> Jacob
>> SLC, UT, 84117
>> http://making-light-of-it.blogspot.com/
>>
>>
>>
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