TSL/Time & Space Limited Movies & more by Mussmann
December 15th, 2019
Movies and more. People ask me to give advice and how to set up a movie screening room. My answer is:” anyone can set up a space and show movies—technology is readily available to do just this—but the question is what and why do you want to show a particular movie”—there are many many options available both old and new movies—the curator now is more important than ever—when it comes to selecting movies for an audience.
TSL has over a long period of time (since the early 1990’s ) produced a steady selection both classic art house cinema as well as contemporary movies—as technology developed so did our ability to present better and better formats for screening movies at our space—BUT the competition to bring an audience to a public space is ever increasing with all of the new “streaming services presented by Amazon, Net-Flix & more we have to work even harder—Please read the whole article by Richard Brody that I have quoted below it is from the Dec. 4, 2019 edition)—I do agree that there is a lot of great material that will never be seen on the screen or via the “stream”—but rest assured it will more often than not be on our screen at TSL because it is our mission to bring to our audiences the work of outliers—those who have a new way of approaching the cinema of our time—and those who (YES) have something to say about the times in which we are living and are witness to crucial events or want to show the story of real lives that have shaped the landscape by the use of the “documentary”.…..if you want to know more about TSL look at our calendar of events past and present and you will see a host of interests and points of view that the TSL curators take when creating our programs—it is about what we are thinking and our search for the new movie makers that will more often than not reach any of your screens—we believe in the public space that shares a work in a screening room with theater seats rather than the comfortable couch in your living room—isolated from the maddening crowd—Bertolt Brecht believed we should view the theater with our hats on and a cigar in our mouth—be experts—know the game—and sit on the edge of our seats —eyes wide open—me too!!!!
—this past article in the New Yorker by Richard Brody —Dec. 4, 2019 is short statement of the state of the cinema……
“With a price per viewing of zero, Netflix and Amazon Prime shows only have to be endurable. The situation brings to mind a word of wisdom from family lore: “For free, even vinegar tastes sweet.” Streaming is more than consumption; it’s compulsion. As the Netflix executive Reed Hastings said, in 2017, “We actually compete with sleep. And we’re winning.”
This flood of so-called content is a threat to something more than sleep—it’s a threat to the cinema. The danger is best understood in political terms, albeit ones that are ugly to cite. Last year, Steve Bannon told Michael Lewis, “The Democrats don’t matter. The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit.” Putting “independent filmmakers” in the place of “Democrats,” and “critics” in the place of “media,” clarifies the way that the current audiovisual content-sphere is approaching the cinemascape at large.”