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I am told there is an auction scheduled next week in California but even if someone would buy them it is unclear how various rights holders would react. It is sadly rather unlikely that whatever happens the film prints are going to be accessible. Anyone who did bit would most likely be interested in DVD, TV, streaming rights etc. I am sort of tempted to try to find out if one could actually  bid on the prints but this thing is such a legal mess I doubt it would be worth it. By contract prints have to returned to a rights holder at the end of the term. In reality most rights holders don't want them back especially it involves overseas shipping but I can't imagine spending money and then having someone sue you for their films. It is just really ugly.

I would strongly advice folk to BUY NEW YORKER DVDS while you can. Stock up on Sembene films, Lamerica etc. You don't know when or if they will come back in print.

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>From: Robert Hunt <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Mar 5, 2009 12:28 PM
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> New Yorker was shut down as part of a foreclosure against their parent company. Technically, that means that they and all their assets are now owned by whatever financial institution was involved. I'm not familiar with New York foreclosure law, but I'd guess that the current holder is not going to be bothered with keeping their office running. There has been a fair amount of speculation about what will happen to their library but I'd guess that until someone buys it, their films will be unavailable for a while.? 
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>Just saw the news that New Yorker Films is out of business and wondered if 
>anyone out there has information about what this means with regard to their 
>library of films.  The reason I ask is that I've got outstanding orders with 
>them for this semester but have been unable to reach them.  I would imagine that 
>they would continue to honor open orders, but I can also imagine being quite 
>wrong about that.  Any help would be appreciated.
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