Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin
> Sorry, I hit the sent message too early.
> The problems:
> Too many films, too little financial incentive to bring them out, too
> many lost materials.
> 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 and/or condition.
> 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 the future.
> Dennis Doros
> Milestone Film & Video
> PO Box 128
> Harrington Park, NJ 07640
> Phone: (201) 767-3117
> Fax: (202) 767-3035
> Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Website: http://www.milestonefilms.com