how to start a film society?

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how to start a film society?

Postby nana » Fri Feb 02, 2001 6:40 pm

any knowledge of how to start a film society, how/where to get/borrow foreign classic films etc...
i live in a relatively small town in southeastern usa.
---nana
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Re: how to start a film society?

Postby acquarello » Sat Feb 03, 2001 8:55 pm

Have you tried renting from Facets.org? They have several membership tiers which include rentals. Their collection is quite impressive.

acquarello
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Re: how to start a film society?

Postby nana » Sun Feb 04, 2001 5:29 am

thanks, though i'm really interested in getting film rather than video. i think the impact of watching say rocco and his brothers on big screen is much different than on a 20"
t.v. is there a way to project from a video or dvd player?
i was in boston a couple years back and i think they(public library) showed masculine feminin in 16mm(i think) on to the wall. it was great!! well...i guess i'll have to stick to my tv and videos for now.
---nana
nana
 

Re: how to start a film society?

Postby nana » Sun Feb 04, 2001 5:42 am

acquarello---

your site is pretty amazing.
i'll learn dreamweaver and mess
with photoshop more often.
did i mention your site is awesome?
...design as well as content.
quite impressed,
---nana
nana
 

Re: how to start a film society?

Postby nitin jagdish » Wed Feb 07, 2001 2:41 pm

hey acquarello,
i checked out your website, and loved it.
how much did i love it?
it was already on my list of website favorites.

which means ---
1. it's a small world, even on the internet
2. my level of observation is about that of a slug
nitin jagdish
 

Re: how to start a film society?

Postby aguirre » Thu Feb 08, 2001 8:05 pm

Hey nana, does your town have an arts council? They might be interested in sponsoring a fledgling film society. Having an arts council on your side might help when it comes to approaching a local theater to let you show a film once and awhile Also, I can imagine renting theatrical prints might be expensive, so having an arts council and a theater behind you could really help. As for videos, I've heard of ceiling-mounted VCR/DVD projectors, but have no idea as to what they cost.

I live in a small southern town myself, and I have been interested in starting a film society. However, you probably know as well as I do that the biggest obstacle in starting up a film society in a small town is public interesst. Good luck wih any plans you have!
aguirre
 

Re: how to start a film society?

Postby aguirre » Thu Feb 08, 2001 8:08 pm

Pardon my spelling by the way...Can't we go back and edit our posts?
aguirre
 

Re: how to start a film society?

Postby acquarello » Fri Feb 09, 2001 3:38 pm

Another place to start is the local library, especially if they have the equipment (16mm or 35mm projector) or a screening room. Places like Kino, New Yorker Video, and World Artists all have rental services. Kino's published rates are from $100 to $1000 (for more popular/recent titles). New Yorker Video actually has Kiarostami's "The Wind Will Carry Us" and Hodges' "Croupier" available for rental, but I'm sure the price is steep for those.

acquarello
www.filmref.com
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Re: how to start a film society?

Postby katsuben » Mon Feb 12, 2001 6:51 am

well i'm very lucky in that i can hire 16mm films for approx. US$12. if you can find a decent provider, then all you'll need is a projector, some reasonable speakers, a white wall, and a few minutes practice threading and looping. so the biggest problem is getting the films and getting them at a price that you can afford because chances are the audience is a) going to be small and b) not going to pay more than a few dollars to see what you've got to show. i have no idea how the american archival system works so i can only wish you luck. (by the way, my society is based at a university and i am given a grant to screen films. the process would be the same independently except i wouldn't get the money! :-/)
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