Too many films, too little financial incentive to bring them out, too many
A lack of organization (especially in master materials and coordinating paper
relating to the films) and a lack of technical knowledge by the distributors.
Lack of proper storage.
Definite lack of money.
No acknowledged technical preservation format for video
DVD will probably last only five more years and then the next technology will
have even more problems of conversion.
It can cost up to $40,000 to preserve a film, re-master that film to video,
and bring it out on DVD.
and many, many more problems than can be named in one email.
Some ideas for solutions:
Convincing non-profit distribs to apply for grants for this purpose.
Convincing granting organizations that this should be a priority.
Having ALA/VLA take nominations from non-profits and indy filmmakers for a
preservation/distribution award on the condition that the title be released
within twelve months or the money is to be returned.
Work with local non-profit distributors and indy filmmakers by sending
interns and students to help catalog and inspect their material (we set up our
beloved intern with a job in Paris to do this with a well-known feminist filmmaking
coop in Paris that's just restarting after twenty years to save their films).
Make this a prority with library studies.
Make the distributors know that specific titles are needed in better formats
Let the manufacturers know that they must come together and agree upon one
technical format that can have some archival longevity.
To learn more about preservation, join the Association of Moving Image
Archivists (www.amianet.org) to find out what is being done and what can be done in
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (201) 767-3117
Fax: (202) 767-3035
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