If you’re perusing Craigslist looking for an IKEA love seat, a vintage tea set or an “I Love Lucy” telephone, you might be surprised to see an ad for 35mm Film Prints of Indie Movies. The price is the unbelievably low cost of $1 (or best offer). In the age of 4K, apparently, 35mm is pretty much worthless.
If you click for more information, you’ll find a listing from indie distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories. The ad reads: “Oscilloscope Laboratories is cleaning (ware)house. Own a piece of indie film history.”
The company is selling almost a dozen 35mm feature film prints including Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (2011), Oren Moverman’s “The Messenger” (2009) and Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights” (2011).
There are some disclaimers and rules too: “Please note all films have been inspected, passed inspection, and been deemed playable, however these are used prints and will display faults. All prints are sold as-is. These prints are for personal use only. They become your property and you may do with them what you wish. Having said that, copyrights remain with rights holders and distribution rights remain with O-Scope. All customarily required screening rights will still need to be sought if displaying these films publicly.”
But basically, if you somehow manage to be in possession of a 35mm projector and have a spare dollar, you’re in luck.
Soon after the ad went up on March 11, Berger said he began to get some responses. He said, “We’ve had a number of offers within just the first few minutes!” Who said film is dead?
UPDATE: The ad has been removed by Craigslist.