Re: evaluation of 16 mm collection

MileFilms@aol.com
Tue, 9 Apr 2002 15:05:56 -0700 (PDT)

In a message dated 4/9/02 5:12:56 PM, kmcgivern@bergen.edu writes:

<< Everything else was removed from the collection. Most of it was sent to
the 16mm Film Preservation Society in Florida. >>

Well, I'll beat Jessica to it, since this is my personal favorite rant.
Though I don't know this particular good samaritan, "Preservation" places
like these are 99.9% scams -- they take the prints and sell them on Ebay for
a profit. From the point of a distributor, many prints are sold to libraries
and universities as leases so they should not be resold -- it goes against
the contract that you have made with the producer or distributor.

If I was in the position of a library wanting to weed out or donate their
collection, I would check my contracts first and offer the prints back to the
existing distributor/producer. For the others, if there's any question or
lack of paperwork, I would offer the prints to a legitimate archive or
library (with proof of non-profit status) first. There are several people on
Videolib (as well as my favorite, the NYPL's Donnell Media Center) who will
provide a good home for these films and actually will do preservation work on
one-of-a-kind prints.

As for the University of Michigan question of evaluating film collections,
the best person in the country at this is Audrey Kupferberg. Her email
address is akupferb@nycap.rr.com

The "quality" of the film, the condition and stability of the print, to the
rarity of the 16mm has to be taken into consideration.

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (201) 767-3117 or in the US (800) 603-1104
Fax: (201) 767-3035
Email: MileFilms@aol.com
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