RE: Films Inc.

Trent Nicholas (Tnicholas@vmfa.state.va.us)
Tue, 17 Oct 2000 09:02:12 -0700 (PDT)

Hopefully to provide some hope and "thrill", I have spoken with Kit Parker
Films and they acquired a good portion of Films, Inc.'s non-theatrical
product. Criterion split some of it also. They say there was some of
Films, Inc. stuff that license rights had run out on or just did not appear
but most of it is saved.
e-mail: info@kitparker.com <mailto:info@kitparker.com>
website: www.kitparker.com <http://www.kitparker.com>
or 831/393-0303

Trent Nicholas
Statewide Media Resource Coordinator
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Handman [SMTP:ghandman@library.berkeley.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2000 11:24 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Re: Films Inc.

I may be wrong, but I think Public Media Inc carries mostly feature
films
and theatrically-released stuff. The majority of the old Films Inc.

catalog has with some exceptions (Vietnam: A Television History,
for eg)
gone into the black videographic hole (I'd be thrilled to be proven
wrong).

At 06:07 PM 10/16/2000 -0700, you wrote:
>Gary,
>Didn't part of Films Inc. collection go to Public Media and aren't
>they still a player?
>Ranny
>
>Gary Handman wrote:
> >
> > Films Inc died a lamentable death a number of years back. To my
knowledge,
> > the majority of their non-theatrical titles dropped off the end
of the
> > earth at that time. Really, really, sad! They had a great
list. It's
> > vaguely possible that some of those titles are still available
as rentals
> > from University Media Centers (Penn State, you out there???)
> >
> > gary handman
> >
> > At 06:12 AM 10/16/2000 -0700, you wrote:
> > >Please send replies directly to Susan Vega Garcia
> > ><GARCIA@gwgate.lib.iastate.edu>
> > >
> > >-------- Original Message --------
> > >Subject: Films, Inc.
> > >Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 14:14:48 -0500
> > >From: Susan Vega Garcia <GARCIA@gwgate.lib.iastate.edu>
> > >To: provine@virginia.edu
> > >
> > >Dear Video Round Table,
> > >
> > >I'm a racial & ethnic studies bibliographer who occasionally
collects
> > >videos for my
> > >library's research collections. I am wondering if anyone on
the Round
> > >Table might
> > >be able to tell me what has happened with Films, Inc., a fairly
large
> > >film & video
> > >distributor that used to be based in Chicago. I had been
trying to
> > >track down a
> > >video they used to distribute, and the phone number a faculty
member had
> > >given me
> > >(from her old files) no longer worked. Curious, I consulted
Video
> > >Source Book and
> > >found out they're no longer listed at all in the Distributors
index.
> > >Are they defunct?
> > >Does anyone know what has happened to their catalog (the
materials they
> > >used to
> > >distribute)? Has it - or portions of it - been acquired by
another
> > >distributor?
> > >
> > >Any information you can share would be appreciated. Thanks!
> > >
> > >Susan A. Vega Garcia
> > >Bibliographer, Racial & Ethnic Studies
> > >152 Parks Library
> > >Iowa State University
> > >Ames IA 50011
> > >e-mail: savega@iastate.edu
> >
> > Gary Handman
> > Director
> > Media Resources Center
> > Moffitt Library
> > UC Berkeley 94720-6000
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> >
> > "Everything wants to become television"
> > (Gregory Ulmer. Teletheory : Grammatology in the Age of Video)
>
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"Everything wants to become television"
(Gregory Ulmer. Teletheory : Grammatology in the Age of Video)