More seriously, I think the issue of distibuting experimental film on video
very special challenges, and while you might jump at buying Man Ray or the
Patrick Bokanowski whose feature :L'Ange remains one of the most interesting and
key films of the last 20 years, it is NOT an easy sell and non-narrative cinema
continues to be marginalized by the marketplace and by the buying public (we want
that good story for our money, darn it!) . And while lots of efforts have been
bring social issue documentaries into public libraries, for instance, we have yet
someone subsidize (and consider vital, as I do) or teach librarians to collect
video as art - with all of its difficulties, frustrations and beauties.
Kristine R. Brancolini wrote:
> It doesn't matter to me who distributes a film. I just need to find out
> *who* distributes it, their address, and *what* it costs. This means
> listing the title in standard reference tools like _Video Source Book_ or
> _Bowker's Complete Video Guide_. These are like "videos-in-print" and if
> more distributors listed their titles there, librarians wouldn't spend so
> much time on listservs like this one asking: " Does anyone know where I
> can buy such-and-such a video? I've checked all the standard resources,
> but it's not listed there."
> And post your information to Videonews once you have a distributor...I'll
> probably buy all of them.
> Kristine Brancolini
> Indiana University Libraries
> On Thu, 2 Apr 1998, PipNY wrote:
> > The Pompidou Center in Paris is about to release a videotape of Man Ray's
> > films. I am working closely with them to find the best distribution plan in
> > the US. I will also be offering the avant-garde films in my series, such as
> > Stan Brakhage, Oskar Fischinger, Bokanowski, Maurice Lemaitre, Isidore Isou,
> > etc. I have a tentative plan to work with Arthouse. But I wanted to ask you
> > all for input. If you were to look for a Man Ray tape, where would you look
> > first? Any ideas would be appreciated.
> > Pip Chodorov
> > Light Cone Video, Paris