Re: [Videolib] Eyes on the Prize

MileFilms@aol.com
Thu, 27 Jan 2005 12:37:33 EST

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<< Just a few thoughts on the idea of downloading & showing this.
Is EYES ON THE PRIZE in a superspecial category of cultural significance
that it merits this or would the same apply so something in a very similar
circumstance the HOLLYWOOD- THE PIONEERS series ?...etc.>>

Okay, here I go again. But would someone take up the cause this time?

I agree with Jessica except, of course, even SUGGESTING the concept of
downloading Killer of Sheep! That and, of course, the Cubs chances this year.

But Jessica mentioning Killer of Sheep brings me to my point. We (Milestone)
have spent three agonizing years now negotiating the rights to the music for
Killer of Sheep. So far, these rights will be nearly $90,000. And why are we
doing this? Because a) we love the film, b) we think of great cultural
importance, and c) we think we'll make our money back on the DVD and television rights.
So far, we've raised about 60% of the money and cleared all but one song.
There is a possibility of having to seek donations for the rest of the money, but
that's part of the tsuris of running a business as well.

I would think that Eyes on the Prize made a ton of money when it premiered.
It's a shame that PBS (I assume they had the video rights as well) and the
producers didn't think ahead and reinvest some of the profits to clear the rights
for a longer term when it was obvious this film was going to be a classic.

But this doesn't mean that people now have the right to say, "Well they were
stupid, let's just go ahead and screw the people who own the rights to the
footage who probably gave it to the producers at a lower rate to begin with. It's
OBVIOUSLY their fault for being in business and they MUST be GREEDY
corporations."

What this ACTUALLY means is that a concerted effort must be made -- and it's
started already by the wonderful people in St. Louis -- to help clear the
rights. Instead of concentrating efforts to show the film illegally and piss off
the rights holders, it might be better for the film if people actually made a
concerted effort to help raise money to clear the rights. There's a lot of
foundations and individuals who just might be dying to contribute, and perhaps the
ALA VRT could make this a mandate to start a fund for orphaned films. There
are groups like Cinecon, the Silent Film Society and individuals like Rodney
Sauer (and yes, even Milestone), who are raising thousands of dollars, most of
it $10 at a time, to saving silent films by selling calendars and giving part
of their admissions from public screenings to the cause.

Anyone willing to make a start?

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117
Fax: (201) 767-3035
Email: milefilms@aol.com
Website: http://www.milestonefilms.com

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<<
Just a few thoughts on the idea of downloading & showing thi= s.
Is EYES ON THE PRIZE in a superspecial category of cultural significance
that it merits this or would the same apply so something in a very similar circumstance the HOLLYWOOD- THE PIONEERS series ?...etc.>>

Okay, here I go again. But would someone take up the cause this time?

I agree with Jessica except, of course, even SUGGESTING the concept of downl= oading Killer of Sheep! That and, of course, the Cubs chances this year.

But Jessica mentioning Killer of Sheep brings me to my point. We (Milestone)= have spent three agonizing years now negotiating the rights to the music fo= r Killer of Sheep. So far, these rights will be nearly $90,000. And why are=20= we doing this? Because a) we love the film, b) we think of great cultural im= portance, and c) we think we'll make our money back on the DVD and televisio= n rights. So far, we've raised about 60% of the money and cleared all but on= e song. There is a possibility of having to seek donations for the rest of t= he money, but that's part of the tsuris of running a business as well.

I would think that Eyes on the Prize made a ton of money when it premiered.=20= It's a shame that PBS (I assume they had the video rights as well) and the p= roducers didn't think ahead and reinvest some of the profits to clear the ri= ghts for a longer term when it was obvious this film was going to be a class= ic.

But this doesn't mean that people now have the right to say, "Well they were= stupid, let's just go ahead and screw the people who own the rights to the=20= footage who probably gave it to the producers at a lower rate to begin with.= It's OBVIOUSLY their fault for being in business and they MUST be GREEDY co= rporations."

What this ACTUALLY means is that a concerted effort must be made -- and it's= started already by the wonderful people in St. Louis -- to help clear the r= ights. Instead of concentrating efforts to show the film illegally and piss=20= off the rights holders, it might be better for the film if people actually m= ade a concerted effort to help raise money to clear the rights. There's a lo= t of foundations and individuals who just might be dying to contribute, and=20= perhaps the ALA VRT could make this a mandate to start a fund for orphaned f= ilms. There are groups like Cinecon, the Silent Film Society and individuals= like Rodney Sauer (and yes, even Milestone), who are raising thousands of d= ollars, most of it $10 at a time, to saving silent films by selling calendar= s and giving part of their admissions from public screenings to the cause.
Anyone willing to make a start?



Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: (800) 603-1104 or (201) 767-3117
Fax: (201) 767-3035
Email: milefilms@aol.com
Website: http://www.milestonefilms.com
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