Re: [Videolib] Untold Stories: Creative Consequences of the Rights

Nell Chenault (
Thu, 06 Jan 2005 18:26:13 -0500

Thanks, Chris, for this alert. This is an issue which our local
filmmakers and faculty struggle with continuously! On of our award
winning documentary filmakers, David Williams, showed a rough cut of his
new film. He had to cut several great sceens because of his concern
about music playing in the background.

The folks at the Center for Social Media do great work (and speak highly
of two Washington area media librarians and VRT members - Chris Lewis
and Lisbeth Goldberg).

Nell Chenault
Access Librarian and Head, Media and Reserves
VCU Libraries
Virginia Commonwealth University
(804) 828-1088

Christopher Lewis wrote:

>The Untold Stories study was undertaken by two American University faculty
>members, Pat Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi. They interviewed dozens of
>independent filmmakers about their problems acquiring rights to footage and
>music needed for their films. People such as Gordon Quinn, John Else, Aviva
>Kempner, Ross McElwee, and Kevin Rafferty. The report, the video, and
>related documents can be found here:
>The video, directed by Brigid Maher, is also available for free on DVD. If
>you'd like one, send your name and address to
>It is a worthy addition for anyone who ever wondered why one of the most
>heavily circulated series, The Eyes on the Prize, is no longer commercially
>Chris Lewis
>Media Librarian/Humanities Collection Manager
>American University Library
>AIM: congolene
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