Introductions to Microcinema International

Joel S. Bachar (
Tue, 12 Nov 2002 13:20:59 -0800 (PST)

Hello to all on the Video Librarian Listserv,

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.

I am a curator/exhibitor/distributor of international short films and videos
by emerging artists.

In 1996, I began a monthly microcinema screening series called Independent
Exposure. To date, we have shown nearly 750 short films and videos by
filmmakers from over 20 countries. We have also presented the program
hundreds of times to audiences in 36 countries and Antarctica.

I am including our Mission Statement to follow so you can get a better sense
of our activities.

In joining this discussion list, I hope to be able to meet educators and
librarians who are interested in obtaining films and videos from our
collection for use in classes and libraries for research into the exciting
new genre of films and videos being made by today's emerging artists.

I look forward to hearing from you and sharing in these discussions.

Kind regards,
Joel S. Bachar
Microcinema International
531 Utah Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Microcinema International - Mission Statement

Microcinema's mission is to curate, exhibit, distribute and promote a new
era of emerging and innovative international moving image artists whose
culturally relevant and deeply personal works are typically marginalized by
the mainstream entertainment industry.

Microcinema fosters this burgeoning culture by curating thoughtful, unique
and diverse screening programs, which are exhibited and distributed via
alternative venues worldwide. Promotion and dissemination of works through
such screenings continues to develop dedicated audiences while creating a
necessary dialogue between artists and audiences, worldwide.

Microcinema supports this mission via exhibition-based events, advocacy,
education and archiving, as well as by developing infrastructural support
for alternative media organizations and venues worldwide. In doing so,
Microcinema catalyzes the establishment of an international network of
shared moving image programming, resources, information, and equipment.