Japan Foundation 16mm prints

Eija Niskanen eija.niskanen
Wed Sep 3 13:26:53 EDT 2008

Absolutely. at JF they do understand what culture is, and it is always
enlightening to discuss with their staff. One would hope that some day
they could get more support from the film industry for the great work
they are trying to do.  Eija

On Wed, Sep 3, 2008 at 7:56 PM, Mark Nornes <amnornes at umich.edu> wrote:
> Aaron's comments are spot on. Michigan does fall and summer series, along
> with  special events all year. Except in exceptional circumstances, we
> always show 35mm or 16mm. Thanks to home video, the floor has fallen out
> from the non-theatrical distribution market.  The usual American
> distributors do have films, most of them canonical. But without the Japan
> Foundation, there is no way anyone could stage new and interesting
> retrospectives and programs with subtitled prints outside of Japan.
> You can tell from the festivals and retrospectives out there that they're
> collection is eclectic and deep.   They won't show you a list?neither will
> any archive out there?but they're happy to tell you know if they've got
> prints of the films you are interested in. As Aaron notes, the Japan
> Foundation is great to work with; it's the rights holders that too often
> stand in your way.
> Markus

Eija Niskanen
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