Self-Introduction and Request
Mon Nov 17 10:08:43 EST 2003
You're going to find this both easy and challenging. On the easy side,
once you make a few contacts you'll discover that everyone will be
enthusiastic about helping you. It's hard to see a lot of this work,
but if you are talking to people, interviewing them, getting to know
them, then you'll find filmmakers quite willing to sit down for a day
and show you everything they've ever done.
Your Anthology connection should open many doors (get letters of
introduction [or a general letter of support] from Mekas if you can;
he's God of the Avant-Garde over there). Clearly the first place to go
is Image Forum, and you can branch out from there.
This is a topic that's been sitting there for treatment. Japan has had
such a vibrant experimental scene (in film and video and installation),
and has those concrete ties to New York with people like Iimura, Ono,
Oe and others.
(Personally, I hope you include the prewar era as well.)
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