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John Hiller <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 28 Oct 1995 12:22:14 EDT
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*** 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?
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