16mm purchasing

Suzanne Risley (Suzanne.Risley@mail.trincoll.edu)
Wed, 17 Jul 1996 14:42:33 -0400

Dear friends--Perhaps this sounds a bit crazy, but I was wondering if anyone
out there in the academic sector is still purchasing (indeed, if it is still
possible to purchase) mainstream feature film titles (like Godfather and
Lethal Weapon)in 16mm format to accommodate faculty who insist on widescreen
format for their film studies courses. I'm asking because we have, in the
last three years, spent perhaps in the neighborhood of $6,000-$7,500 on 16mm
rentals for one faculty member for one course offered every semester. I
have purchased laserdisc widescreen versions for as many of the films on the
syllabus (there are 25) as I have been able to, but we are still looking at
having to spend perhaps $1700.00 on rentals for the upcoming fall semester.
Aside from the fact that we have nothing to show for all this money, we are
obliged to pay public performance rights on 16mm rentals (is there any other
way to go?) for one shot face-to-face teaching situations. Also, in order
to afford the professor some flexibility in working with the films in class
and to allow the students to study and review the films in the library
outside of class, we must also have vhs or laserdisc (albeit in cropped
format) versions in the collection.

Is anyone drawing the line in some way on this issue? We are a small liberal
arts college, with no film studies program per se. We aim to be supportive,
but are we going overboard, or is there some better way for us to deal with
this? We also aim to be fiscally responsible and equitable.

Many thanks in advance for your insights and advice.

Suzanne Risley

* Suzanne M. Risley
* Music and Media Services Librarian
* Trinity College Library
* Hartford, Connecticut 01606-3100
* E-mail: suzanne.risley@mail.trincoll.edu
* Phone: (203) 297-2193
* Fax: (203) 297-2251