From: David Tetzlaff (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Oct 18 2010 - 13:44:05 PDT
> I'd be interested to hear from teachers what the difficulty in this
> solution is.
There is no 'independent cinema' in many locales. At many schools, one
simply cannot get students to leave campus - required screenings away
from their standard ambits would kill enrollment. In many communities,
there is no audience outside of the college willing to pay to see
experimental film. Even shared rental fees would be beyond most budgets.
The nearest 'art cinema' to me is an hour away, and their idea of art
film pretty much stops at Merchant-Ivory. There is an independently
owned cinema in my town, They are currently screening Red,
Secretariat, Life As We Know It, The Social Network, Wall Street, and
The Town -- which qualifies as fairly adventurous programming compared
to the chain theaters in the area -- and they do not have 16mm
So, Mat, if your cinema is near a campus that integrates nicely with
the town, and you're willing, and the professors have any money at
all, and they don't take you up on your offer in some way, they have
no idea how lucky they are, because that combination of factors is not
all that common.
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