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[via METAFILTER] If a movie only exists on film but no one is around to distribute it, does it still exist?

If a movie only exists on film but no one is around to distribute it, does it still exist?

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I had some dealings with NEW YORKER when I booked films at the Tulane campus. Great stuff, and nice people.”

New Yorker Films, the only US distributor of many of the films of Jean-Luc Godard, Ousmane Sèmbene, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and many others closed operations yesterday. Many of the films they distributed remain unavailable on DVD, and thus completely unavailable to Americans for the foreseeable future. Coming on the heels of the eviction of Film-Maker’s Co-Op, New York’s venerable distributor and archive of avant-garde film, New Yorker’s closing raises questions not only about the symbiotic importance of repertory film exhibition for film preservation efforts, but about the future of film culture and the possible role of the arts in the future economy.

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