James and Jessica can write what they want about the future (they're
better qualified than I am) as I already made my point. But is this
what YOU believe or what you think your public believes? I take this
personally because the second half attacks my whole life's choice in
profession and what I believe in.
Either way, it's incredibly ignorant. I too have a online-focused
child (11 years old and lets not talk about Cafe Penguin.com) but he
also watches way too much TV, enjoys an occasional Milestone film in
the theater when he has to (Killer of Sheep last month), reads a book
about baseball or science every now and then, gets straight A's at
school, tries his best at Little League and basketball, an expert at
the DS and Wii, fencing and all sorts of stuff. And he's definitely
representative of the average kid in his school, though I recognize
this isn't the norm everywhere.
More importantly, we always have two or three different interns from
the local high schools working for us every year and to state they
don't care about anything 100-years-old is highly insulting and
derogatory to the young. I would suggest that the same percentage of
the young care about the past as they did 100 years ago, internet or
not. Electric Edwardians was our second biggest DVD title last year
and the audiences at the theaters were predominately college students.
AND, to suggest that if it's not online in the future, it won't be
important is like the line from a Raold Dahl novel (Mathilda?) that
everything he needs to know in life is on television.
Why is there such an incredible rise in every area of the arts market
from masters to folk art to crafts? (See the articles on Basel this
week where everything was sold out by the first hour.) Because in this
day and age of mass replication, internet searches, and "For Customer
Services, please press one, If you want a real person, please press
two, if you want to wait less than an hour for that real person we
could care less, and if you want a real person even though we don't
care please press three and we'll call you perhaps tomorrow" there is
a real hunger for objects made by hand and created with some human
I'm not saying there will be a trend for 16mm prints and projectors
(though the LP market is pretty amazing), but there will always be a
need for great films no matter what the delivery service and an
audience in theaters for them. If they are not on the internet, people
will still search them out they way they do Fra Filippo Lippi frescos
in out-of-the-way churches in Italy. (Trust me, I know about the
latter all too well.)
Seeing Chaplin (or The Godfather or The 40-year-old Virgin) on an ipod
is like seeing a slide show of the Sistine Chapel at your Aunt's
apartment. Not just because of the size of the screen or the quality
of image because that will change, but because of the size and quality
of the space and the audience. I guess I can't convince you to see one
Harold Lloyd comedy with 500 other people in a historic movie palace
with live music? At least once?
It's a shame you've never met Lillian Katz and Vivienne Lipsitz over
at the Port Washington Public Library, now retired. It would have been
a wonderful experience for you. They're still around and doing well,
so perhaps you will one day.
<<Yeah it's scary, but that's the way it's trending. What exactly is the
purpose of "distributors" when the material can be sent directly to the
consumer from the producer?>>
Or a librarian for that matter? Be afraid.
-- Dennis Doros Milestone Film & Video PO Box 128 Harrington Park, NJ 07640 Phone: 201-767-3117 email: email@example.com www.milestonefilms.com www.killerofsheep.com VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.