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in defense of ifc center

in defense of ifc center

With sincere due respect to my good friend and colleague Anthony Kaufman, I think the Village Voice article (“Crowded House” 08/20/07) misses the mark.

Anthony wags his finger at the IFC Center and suggests that the IFC First Take program — which is releasing films in theaters and on VOD simultaneously — is the problem for the overcrowding on Manhattah’s art screens because it floods the market with sub-par films that don’t deserve distribution.

What about the sub-par titles from other companies that gain a theatrical release seemingly only to raise awareness for a film’s DVD release. To be totally fair, where’s the list of rotten films from other companies that are jamming our beloved art theaters?

Sure, the IFC Center is a home for IFC releases, but as I witnessed first-hand last night when I bought a ticket to see “Quiet City” at the Center, its also drawing huge crowds for films without high-profile corporate backing. Sitting in the IFC Center theater I was reminded how grateful I am to have access to such a top notch facility. I’d rather watch an indie film there than at a number of the sub-par theatrical venues around town.

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