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what about new york?

what about new york?

In a guest column on The Reeler today, Brian Newman offers a perspective worth exploring further:

…many feel that we don’t have a place that is clearly identified as the New York film organization; where a filmmaker new to town can walk in the door and feel like they are connecting to the community. This would seem a bit odd in the supposed independent film (and cultural) capital of the world.

So, in the wake of AIVF shutting its doors, not so long after the shake-up at the IFPs, what will we do next? I worked with others to organize a productive private meeting discussing some of these issues, but it was such a small first step. I did try to persuade AIVF to hold a town meeting for their orphaned members to discuss the future, but they resisted. Brian Newman calls on other organizations to now step in and take the lead…

Brian, I will email you separately, but your points are on the mark… I propose that we set a meeting in a space that can accomodate not only representatives from those organizations, but concerned members of the NYC community who may wish to attend and participate. I am happy to help organize such a discussion if it can be productive and help accomplish the important goals you mention…

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