Feb 24, 2008

Who are the Onondagas and why are they using half-inch open-reel video?

(31 days left 'til projectors roll)

Jason Livingston is a film and video maker teaching at Ithaca College. He found a 16mm film in his parent's closet (how many times have we heard that before?). It turned out to be short a documentary from 1972 called Onondagas v. NYS. This documentary was an early effort of the Ithaca Video Project, which used black-and-white, 1/2-inch, open-reel videotape.

So why does this work only survive (apparently) as a 16mm projection print? Why was it in the Livingstons' closet?