Re: [Videolib] videolib Digest, Vol 12, Issue 28

Lawrence Daressa (LD@newsreel.org)
Wed, 12 Nov 2008 17:28:36 -0800

Jerry Notaro's indignation at California Newsreel's two-tier pricing
policy is a striking illustration of how an overweening sense of
entitlement blinds some video-lib contributors to the stark realities of
educational distribution. The University of South Florida touts itself
as among the top 63 (not 62) public research universities in the nation.
If its resources are really the same as an AME church in Mississipppi's
Black Belt, an inner city junior high school or a public library in
rural Kansas, one can only wonder at the quality of education its
students receive. California Newsreel is a non-profit, tax-exempt
corporation; we cannot justify denying poor and community-based
organizations access to our films just so the University of South
Florida can get a bargain. But that's exactly what we'd have to do if we
followed Jerry Notaro's wishes. The unalterable fact is California
Newsreel like many other educational distributors derives at least 85%
of its sales revenue from the higher priced university and college
market. If we were forced to choose just one price point, it is obvious
which it would have to be. This would, of course, only succeed in
contributing to the increasing inequality in this country some of us
hope the recent election will reverse. So if Newsreel elects to use its
grant income to subsidize the community market, we must, I'm afraid,
plead guilty. By the way, we have maintained two-tier pricing for close
to twenty years and most video librarians have understood its benefits.
If Jerry Notaro can provide USF staff and students films comparable to
"Unnatural Causes," "Race - the Power of an Illusion," "Zora Neale
Hurston: Jump at the Sun" or "Blue Eyed" from Blockbuster or Amazon.com,
so be it. I hope the rest of us on this list-serve will move forward on
the assumption that no one - producers, distributors or video librarians
- is getting rich ripping the other off. Educational distribution is a
fragile ecosystem; it should not be wantonly trashed.

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Today's Topics:

1. Re: Restricted PPR (Jerry Notaro)
2. Re: Film on Pay Equity Issues (deg farrelly)
3. Re: Restricted PPR (Steinhoff, Cindy)
4. Re: Film on Pay Equity Issues (Elizabeth Stanley)

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Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 15:16:14 -0500
From: Jerry Notaro <notaro@stpt.usf.edu>
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Restricted PPR
To: <videolib@lists.berkeley.edu>
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2 Two tiered pricing where a title IS available in the home market but
you are ?encouraged? to buy the higher priced model for PPR rights you
probably don?t need ( FYI as streaming becomes more desired this may
change) . Here you basically have to use common sense and make sure you
know your options

The situation is worse than two tier and getting out of hand. California
Newsreel has a 3 tier pricing structure, differentiating further
College, Corporation, Gov't Agencies from High Schools, Public
Libraries, HBCUs & Qualifying Community Organizations. The first tier is
four times the price of the second. I don?t know where anyone gets the
idea we are better off, but we took a 15% hit off the top this year and
are facing an additional 10% next year.

Jerry
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Message: 2
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 14:38:43 -0700
From: deg farrelly <deg.farrelly@asu.edu>
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Film on Pay Equity Issues
To: <videolib@lists.berkeley.edu>
Cc: Sue.Parks@unt.edu
Message-ID: <C5409AF3.3C5D4%deg.farrelly@asu.edu>
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The first work that comes to my mind is "The Willmar 8"

Still distributed by California Newsreel:
http://www.newsreel.org/nav/title.asp?tc=CN0108&s=willmar%208

The Willmar 8 is Academy Award winner Lee Grant's documentary
about working women which has been featured on the front page of The
Wall Street Journal, excerpted on 60 Minutes, and was broadcast
nationally by PBS. The film tells the story of eight unassuming,
apolitical women in America's heartland--Willmar, Minnesota--who were
driven by sex discrimination at work to take the most unexpected step of
their lives and found themselves in the forefront of the struggle for
women's rights. Risking jobs, friends, family and the opposition of
church and community, they began the longest bank strike in American
history in a dramatic attempt to assert their own equality and
self-worth.

FMG has a very short (8 minutes) segment from ABC News:

The Pay Gap: Sexism or Something Else?

Warren Farrell protested alongside Gloria Steinem in support of women's
rights and was even elected to the board of NOW-three times. But Farrell
is also the author of Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the
Pay Gap-and What Women Can Do About It. In this brief ABC News segment,
John Stossel considers the opposing views of Farrell and Martha Burk,
chair of the NCWO and author of Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in
Corporate America and What Can Be Done About It. It's about supply and
demand, states Farrell, not sexism: higher compensation generally means
bigger sacrifices on the home front-a cost most women are statistically
less willing to bear than men. (8 minutes)

If you want something on a lighter note...

9 to 5

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deg farrelly, Associate Librarian
Arizona State University at the West campus PO Box 37100 Phoenix,
Arizona  85069-7100
Phone:  602.543.8522
Email:  deg.farrelly@asu.edu

> Our Women's Center and Women's Studies Program are teaming up to increase > awareness of gender pay equity issues by hosting some events for Equal Pay Day > next year. They'd like to host a screening of a film that deals with pay > equity issues. Any suggestions? > > Thank you! > > Sue > > Sue Parks > Head, Media Library > University of North Texas

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Message: 3 Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 17:03:50 -0500 From: "Steinhoff, Cindy" <cksteinhoff@aacc.edu> Subject: Re: [Videolib] Restricted PPR To: "'videolib@lists.berkeley.edu'" <videolib@lists.berkeley.edu> Message-ID: <3614638D4C701B438F335F0EFA8F6EBC6115B0C115@AACC-MAILBOX.aacc.cc.md.us> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="windows-1252"

I, too, have been seeing more multi-tier pricing, with 3 or 4 tiers. I just bought a DVD from a small distributor and it had 4 pricing tiers. Home use was the lowest price, followed by K-12 schools Community organizations and public libraries were next, and college and universities at the highest price - $250, almost 3 times what community organizations and public libraries would pay. When I asked about the rationale, I was told that "more people would view it in a college," and they were trying to price according use. We're not a huge school, and this was a program that would be used by one instructor with probably no more than 40-50 students a semester. I would guess, given the topic of the program, that more viewers than that would see it in a high school or community organization setting.

Initially, the distributor wasn't willing to give us a preview, and finally agreed to a refund within 30 days if the program didn't work for the instructor. It didn't, so we returned it.

Cynthia Steinhoff Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD -----Original Message----- From: videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu [mailto:videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu]On Behalf Of Jerry Notaro Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 3:16 PM To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu Subject: Re: [Videolib] Restricted PPR

2 Two tiered pricing where a title IS available in the home market but you are ?encouraged? to buy the higher priced model for PPR rights you probably don?t need ( FYI as streaming becomes more desired this may change) . Here you basically have to use common sense and make sure you know your options

The situation is worse than two tier and getting out of hand. California Newsreel has a 3 tier pricing structure, differentiating further College, Corporation, Gov't Agencies from High Schools, Public Libraries, HBCUs & Qualifying Community Organizations. The first tier is four times the price of the second. I don?t know where anyone gets the idea we are better off, but we took a 15% hit off the top this year and are facing an additional 10% next year.

Jerry

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Message: 4 Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 17:21:10 -0500 From: "Elizabeth Stanley" <Elizabeth@bullfrogfilms.com> Subject: Re: [Videolib] Film on Pay Equity Issues To: <videolib@lists.berkeley.edu> Message-ID: <C1CCDAA82247BD49A74E8595832E6784018BCCA9@companyweb> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

Hello, Sue, "The Motherhood Manifesto" (DVD, 2007, 58 minutes) looks at the obstacles facing working mothers and families, and the employer and public policy changes needed to restore work-life balance. http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/mother.html Moving personal stories combined with humorous animation, expert commentary and hilarious old film clips tell the tale of what happens to working mothers and their families in America. See how enlightened employers and public policy can make paid family leave, flexible working hours, part-time parity, universal healthcare, excellent childcare, after-school programs and realistic living wages a reality for American families. The film is based on the book The Motherhood Manifesto by Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. "Illustrates the point that, compared with other industrial nations, the United States is shockingly remiss in providing working conditions conducive to balancing home and work life...Recommended for public, school, and academic collections." Mary Laskowski, University of Illinois Library, Library Journal "Effectively points out the curious hypocrisy of American politicians who brag about 'family values' -- holding up stay-at-home motherhood as best for children -- yet refuse to put pressure on businesses to offer paid leave or allow federal tax breaks for the working spouse. Recommended." Video Librarian

This title may already be in your media collection. Let me know if you need additional copies for Equal Pay Day next year. Best, Elizabeth Stanley Bullfrog Films www.bullfrogfilms.com 800-543-3764

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From: videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu [mailto:videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Parks, Sue Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 12:36 PM To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu Subject: [Videolib] Film on Pay Equity Issues

All,

Our Women's Center and Women's Studies Program are teaming up to increase awareness of gender pay equity issues by hosting some events for Equal Pay Day next year. They'd like to host a screening of a film that deals with pay equity issues. Any suggestions?

Thank you!

Sue

Sue Parks

Head, Media Library

University of North Texas

1155 Union Circle #305190

Denton, TX 76203-5017

(940) 369-7249

(940) 369-7396 (fax)

sue.parks@unt.edu

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