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MOMA's New Department: Media

story © Michael Betancourt | published October 4, 2006 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

"In contrast to [film], you're not sitting and watching from the beginning to the end in a dark room with other people," Mr. Biesenbach said. "It's basically always gallery-based. It can be moving pictures. It can be beautiful sound installations, like the Janet Cardiff piece we had here at MoMA. It can be performance pieces. They're all time-based, and they're all moving in some broad sense."

NY Sun reports on the new department. Since they're keeping the Film department rather than making it be part of this new thing, Media, I guess we can see the difference in how they separate them: being time-based is a good candidate. Apparently film isn't "time-based" because you don't watch "it" in a gallery. Now we know the difference. Film isn't time-based, video art is. So what happens when you watch a film?

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Kodachrome Obit

story © Michael Betancourt | published September 28, 2006 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


The Guardian has this to say:

The factory in Lausanne, Switzerland, that processes Europe's supplies of Kodachrome - grainy, colour-saturated frames of 8mm film that have convinced a generation that their 60s and 70s childhood and adolescence was spent leaping through flowers in a Technicolor haze - is shutting its doors on Saturday.


Commercialization of Public Archives

story © Michael Betancourt | published April 6, 2006 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


Documentarians take note: the Smithsonian Institution is selling exclusive access to Showtime networks. Pay particular attention to the comments. More on this here and here.


Sarah Jacobson Film Grant

story © Michael Betancourt | published February 28, 2006 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


(via Frameworks)

This annual film grant is intended to honor the spirit and legacy of Sarah Jacobson. Sarah, whose feature film Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore screened at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, died in 2004 after a battle with cancer. Sarah led a DIY ("Do It Yourself") movement in the 1990s, promoting and distributing her own work with her producer and mom, Ruth Ellen Jacobson, speaking at festivals and events everywhere, and writing about film for a number of publications. A tireless, at times even shameless, promoter of her own work, Sarah was also a passionate advocate for the films of fellow filmmakers.

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story © Michael Betancourt | published August 21, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

A DVD Retrospective from the World's Leading Film Collections
7 DVDs - 19 HOURS - 155 FILMS

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Submissions Wanted for UK Short Film Showcase

story © Anonymous | published March 23, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


The Dorset Arts and Crafts Association is looking for submissions for its 2005 Special Exhibition, a showcase of short works by filmmakers in the South West. A programme of selected films will be projected in a screening room throughout the five days of the exhibition, from Friday 5th to Tuesday 9th August, where we expect to receive around 3000 visitors.

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Gloria! The Hollis Frampton Conference Starts Nov 5-6

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 5, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


Gloria! an academic conference on Hollis Frampton will be on Friday & Saturday, November 5-6, 2004. Conference starts at noon on Friday.


Alexander Hammid Dies

story © Michael Betancourt | published August 8, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


from the NY Times, by Kathryn L. Shattuck

Alexander Hammid, a filmmaker whose body of work spanned the genesis of the experimental movement in Czechoslovakia, early anti-Nazi documentaries and soaring modern Imax spectacles, died on July 26 at his home in Manhattan. He was 96.


VideoEx Winners Announced

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 21, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print

After many delays, the VIDEOEX experimental film & video Festival announced the Winner of the 2004 Edition.

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VOOM HDTV Sponsoring Experimental Channel

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 28, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print


MOOV is a revolutionary new High-Definition (HD) television channel dedicated solely to showcasing non-narrative film and video art.

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