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Meryem Constance Ersoz <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 28 Oct 1995 16:04:25 -0700
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whoops, that wasn't my point. it belongs to randy riddle. i was quoting him
from a previous post. i was just using it to plug a few
specific documentaries by independents.
here's an address for "women make movies," though, in case anyone is
interested in obtaining their catalog:
Women Make Movies
462 Broadway, Suite 500
New York, NY 10013
someone had wanted films by pratibha parmar - WMM carries "khush. also
that "surname viet given name nam" is distributed through them, too.
anyone who is concerned about representing diversity oughta get one. it's
fulla great stuff (some real stinkers, too, frankly, but i have found
that WMM is also pretty cool about letting *regular* users preview copies
before renting).
it's important to support indie makers, but i think it's helpful to
support indie distributors as well so that this resource doesn't dry
Meryem Ersoz
University of Oregon
On Sat, 28 Oct 1995, John Hiller wrote:
> *** Resending note of 10/28/95 02:12
> >>randy riddle makes a good point:
> As does Meryem Eroz when she said:
> >>"On the other hand, I'm disturbed that there's a concentration on the
> >>"big budget", more popular-oriented works in the lists I've seen
> >>posted here. Video -- a medium that is revolutionizing the documentary
> >>form by providing tools of expression to minority or localized groups
> >>at a small cost -- is being ignored by Academia for the most part. The
> >>"classic" documentary of this generation won't be shot on 16mm or
> >>35mm, but probably on VHS, Hi-8, or DV (when it becomes available)."
> >>Meryem Ersoz University of Oregon
> I think that this is a good point, the documentary I nominated had a
> budget of $1.2 million. There's no possibility of starting with that
> kind of money. Plus the pressures on the filmmakers brought by deadlines
> and sponsors preclude much experimentation.
> A good place to find the kind of experimentation you talk about is the
> Flaherty Film Seminar. Contact International Film Seminars, NYC for
> info. This year they showed a wonderful cinema verite documentary video
> taped on High-8 by a Cambodian HS student in SF. The title, I believe,
> was AKA DON BONUS. I highly recommend the tape. Its available from the
> Asian-American Filmmakers in SF, or through International Film Seminars
> in NYC.
> Let's hear of more, so-called, non-standard format programs that you all
> have seen. Not those golden oldies that we've been looking at in film
> class for years and years. For instance Steve Kurtz showed some
> interesting gender/bender tapes at Goddard College a couple of years
> back. He's in Pittsburgh now, [log in to unmask], and would likely
> be interested in showing his ultra low budget material.
> So, what else have you seen?
> Cheers,
> John
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