Wheeler Dixon writes: "It seems as if women and Third World
filmmakers/videomakers are being marginalized in the ongoing
discussion [on Screen-L]."
My first thought in reading your post is to welcome you to the list and to
put the ball in your court for extending the range of our discussion.
Actually, the situation may not be quite as bleak as you paint it. There
are some very knowledgeable film specialists on the list; I've certainly
learned plenty. Your plea for wider discussion does bring up the need for a
wider audience for the directors you refer to. Obviously, the system of
distribution to theaters works against independent filmmakers. We can only
discuss what we have seen, and theaters in nonmetropolitan areas don't offer
much of a selection. In my own case, the only theater in Roanoke that
presents foreign or independent films has not yet shown "Barcelona" or
"Spanking the Monkey," but we got "Pulp Fiction" on its first weekend of
release. The film festival in Charlottesville has been an additional source
of exposure to new and different filmmakers, but that's a once-a-year burst.
I would welcome recommendations from your quarter about worthwhile films
that might not have seen wide release, especially if they are available on
VHS. (Mail order film rental constitutes a hefty portion of my monthly
budget.) Let's attack this problem of marginalization where it lives.
Dan Gribbin [log in to unmask]
Ferrum, VA 24088