The Toronto Festival starts in two weeks, so I assume we would be talking about an event in coordination with the Toronto Festival in 2007.
I agree that we need, for many reasons, legal advice.
There has never been a controlling legal decision about the actual rights of the self styled "Estate".
That is one reason why I think a supporting organization to facilitate Welles projects should be discussed.
I'm not a lawyer, but I imagine it would not be difficult to assert a legal claim in Canada.
I am somewhat familiar with academic issues involving Fair Use. If we have a conference that is primarily sponsored by a university, and if we can identify a funding source that would pick up the costs of screenings, we might be able to arrange screenings, that would be preceded by a lecture, without charging admission. I think it's worth tempting She Who Must Not Be Named, if our event is in such a controlled, non-commercial environment, with steps taken to control piracy.
- A two Step Proposal:
If a festival has tentatively agreed to Host the FilmMuseum's 2008 event, and it is not in North America,
we could still work with a Festival or university in the United States to sponsor an event, next year.
The two step process Christopher outlined in an earlier post may be a good idea. Perhaps a more limited event within the next year could serve as a venue for planning a more significant event in 2008, with or without the participation of Munich.
There are advantages to holding the first event in Bloomington. Let me expand the arguments for Bloomington first advanced by Tony W.:
- Many Wellesians would like to visit the Lilly, if they had the reason or opportunity. In addition to the Welles collection, the Lilly is the repository of the papers of John Ford and Peter Bogdanovich. Perhaps, to broaden interest and participation, a Bloomington event could be dedicated to Welles and Ford. There is more and more interest in Ford as his films have been released on DVD.
- It might be possible to enlist the assistance of an educational organization.
- The setting in Bloomington of the Memorial Union, next to the Lilly, is I think, the perfect venue for such an event. Indiana University has excellent resources for conferences. There might be an advantage to holding an event away from a media center. It would not be seen as competing with an event the next year in a big city.
- There is no place in the United States, other than the Lilly, that today serves as a Welles Memorial.
If Bloomington is too inconvenient a location, perhaps San Francisco could serve the same function of hosting a more limited event in 2007.
Following a 2007 Bloomington or San Franciscan event, a 2008 event could be organized in coordination with a mjaor North American Festival, even if Munich decide to hold their Triennial in Europe again. To my mind, the logical location for a 2008 major Welles retrospective would be one of three places:
Southern California, New York or Toronto.
The advantages of Toronto have already been outlined by Tony.
Let me now list the advantages of Southern California:
There are three major film programs, all of which have ties to Welles in the Area.
-It was at USC that Welles met with students and discussed "The Trial".
- The UCLA archives were active in restoring and Preserving MacBeth.
- AFI has had several Welles related efforts.
The three above are also the leading film schools in the USA.
- There are major film festivals in Los Angeles, including AFM.
- The Newport Beach Film Festival could also be approached.
-There is a concentration of media in Los Angeles. If there were to be a newsworthy event such as a re-release of Chimes at Midnight or the Restored Leaky Garage Don Q, a Los Angeles event would yield the maximum impact.
Los Angeles is the site of so much related to Welles life from the studios to the Magic Castle.
- A Los Angeles event might, at last, galvanize support for Welles related efforts from the many important people in the area that are fans of Welles.
- My guess is that more of the people likely to attend a North American Major Welles Retrospective live in Southern California than anywhere else in the United States.
- There is a logic to holding a Welles retrospective in the City where his greatest works were created.