Our meeting is tomorrow and I apologize for getting this out to you on
pretty short notice. I have attached the agenda for tomorrow's meeting as
well as a list of films that I put together primarily working with the NY
Times Fall Film Release Schedule that they published a week ago. I have also
created a list on IMDb that should be helpful in getting more information
about the individual films. The individual IMDb film webpages have a trailer
for some of the films and many others have links to websites that have
trailers. You should be able to get to the list using this link to the list
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If this doesn't work you should be able to reach it by going to the IMDb
page for any film on the attached list and then find my list among any other
lists which users have created including that film.
We have traditionally showed a lot of foreign films and documentaries and
this list was created assuming that we would opt for the same type of
eclectic mix of films, these types of films will probably predominate in our
series. There are a few submissions to the Foreign-language Oscar
competition for 2017, but all are either in current release or expected to
be released this fall. This should allow us to be able to know soon for most
of these whether the film is likely to be included in the RRSq schedule.
Those Oscar submissions are identified on the list. Furthermore, I have
coded the documentaries based on the type of story they are telling. One of
our challenges has been trying to balance the light and dark films in the
series. I hope you find this helpful in making some sense of the documentary
possibilities. I have tried to check to see when these films may be
available on DVD and/or streaming. Hopefully, I eliminated most of those
that are now or soon will be available that way. However, it is certainly
possible that films entering theaters now or over the next month or so may
become available on DVD and/or streaming by the time our series starts.
I have included a handful of films that we either saw in Montreal this year
or would have wanted to see there. To my knowledge none of these have US
distribution. These are clearly long shots. The films were among the better
films that we saw in Montreal and/or have rather unique storylines that
seemed quite thought-provoking. We certainly should not fall in love with
these and that is probably good advice for all the films on the entire list
in that a variety of circumstances may prohibit showing any individual film.
My hope was that perhaps Ken had been sent something about some of them for
either Shadow or MIFF by a sales representative since we were able to work
something out that way a couple of years ago. If Ken doesn't know anything
about these films, I'll pull them off the list so they don't muddy the
We also have a couple of classic film possibilities. "HOWARDS END" (1992) is
currently making the rounds. "DOWNFALL"(2004) is a suggestion from Abbott. I
don't know how available it may be and, of course, it might be a little
challenging to get much of an audience since it is a pretty dark and
My assumption has been that DVD screeners are diminishing in quantity and,
over the last couple of years, in quality. I am waiting a return e-mail from
Ken as to whether there are any DVD screeners that might be worth looking
at. What has been more helpful over the last couple of years is to be able
to screen films at the theater using the same type of link. This is
something we can only do a handful of times. If we narrow down our choices
somewhat, we may be able to solicit links for such a screening.
I hope this has been helpful in explaining how we are starting and hopefully
makes it relatively easy to research further information about each film.
Obviously, you are encouraged to suggest other films or other types of films
or a thematic approach to creating the series.
Looking forward to your feedback. As always, thanks for your help.
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