Sunday, April 30, 2006

Festival screenings

The Trenton Film Festival is back with more movies than ever. None are being shown in ARTWORKS' gallery however. That would have been a nice gesture of support, wouldn't it?

When it comes to supporting ARTWORKS throughout this crisis a lot of arts organizations have been statesmanlike, scrupulously neutral, and fastidiously nonpartisan.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Artworks actively approach the Trenton Film Festival for the use of the facility in the screening of films?

7:16 PM  
Blogger Dimitri Rotov said...

Don't know. But here's my thinking:

If ARTWORKS in the midst of its eviction crisis offers gallery space to the festival, it has something of the flavor of a ploy.

If the festival, fully aware of the crisis, offers to screen some films there, that's a gesture. A very nice gesture.

I realize this crisis cannot heal the balkanized Trenton art scene in one stroke, but just a little bit of solidarity is called for in this situation.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Tricia Fagan said...

I do want to add here that at the March 16 City Council meeting, Kevin Williams was very strong in his support of ARTWORKS. He mentioned to the Council that as he was pondering the whole ARTWORKS debacle, he realized that ARTWORKS provided the genesis of the Trenton Film Festival. Close to a decade ago, Roland Pott (a recent grad with a film major, and staffing Sunday events at ARTWORKS)asked Kevin if he'd be interested in showing some films there. Kevin said 'sure,' the response was positive, and he started looking at Trenton as a place where a film festival might just work.

6:05 PM  

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