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ASK THE CURATOR: RAJ ROY AND NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS

March 19, 2010  |  Behind the Scenes, Film, Viewpoints
Ask the Curator: Raj Roy and New Directors/New Films

Rajendra Roy. Photo: Scott Rudd

With preparations underway for New Directors/New Films—now less than a week away, the festival has been generating buzz since the lineup was announced earlier this month—and a nice write-up in yesterday’s New York Times piece about young curators making waves in New York City, Rajendra Roy, MoMA’s Chief Curator of Film, is having quite a week. That’s why we’re thrilled he’s agreed to answer some of our readers’ questions in what we hope will be an ongoing feature of our blog. Our curators are a varied and fascinating bunch, and from the looks of our comments, Facebook page, and Twitter feed, so are our online fans. Why not bring the two together and spark a conversation?

So, think about what you’ve always wanted to know about the New Directors/New Films festival or about MoMA’s film program, and submit your questions via comments to this blog post. We’ll select the five most intriguing questions, and Raj will answer them here next Friday, so stay tuned!

Comments

How can I get my short film I shot at Allen Ginsberg’s Farm in the 80′s shown at MOMA?

why dont you show my movie called ” I lived 30 days in my bathtub” ? it’s a movie about a plastic penguin who loves to swim in a bathtub.

What new, emerging, or shifting narratives are emerging in 21st century film?

Hello, I would like to ask M.Rajendra Roy about Thea von Harbou and how far he thinks she participated with her husband in the writing of at least two Dr.Mabuse scripts, considering that she finally joined the National Socialist German Workers Party, and that the early Mabuse films are oftenly seen as anti-nazis pamphlets ?

I am studying a BA degree in curation. I would like to know what does film curation involve.
As I am interested in art curation.
Thank you

What do you think of TV as a medium? Do you think anything on TV approaches the level of “art”? Do you think an art museum would ever “collect” TV shows?

Hi,
What would be the best way to contact Rajendra Roy to introduce him to my collection of art films and ethnographical films, and possibly have them included in MOMA’s future programs?
All the best,
Rina Sherman
http://www.rinasherman.com

Im a recent video film arts graduate, how can I get my short film art creations shown at the MoMa and other prestigious places, on what basis does a curator chose a work of a starting artist and how can a new comer present his work to him/her?

Why the curators appears to be more interesting in the topics from the directors than the others factors of a movie? Thank you.

Hi Raj,
I am a recent post-graduate(Masters-Visual Arts)from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. I produced a short video as part of my studio research, which uses video and performance, to create a synergy between historic and contemporary(painting)practice. How can I get my video:and other short art videos (Edited DVD’s) into the Moma collection, or other collections/film libraries?

Roy has had an unconventional rise in film curating. I am a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist interested in transitioning to film curating or film programming hopefully for an arts institution. What are the most important degrees, experiences, and personal qualities one should have in order to be successful in curating for film? What is the most rewarding thing about the job and what is the most difficult or challenging part? Are jobs scarce or abundant? What kind of salaries can I expect, especially at the entry level?

Mr. Roy,
I am contacting you for advice on two issues:
1. On behalf of director Robert Elfstrom, we have located the negative of Elfstrom’s documentary PETE SEEGER: A SONG, A STONE, made circa 1970. We would like to get this negative digitally mastered, but need around $8,000-$10,000 to do so.
Is there anywhere we could turn to for funding, perhaps in return for deposit of the original materials after mastering?
2.I am currently working on restoring the out-takes to a film I shot in 1967. The film I shot at that time is called ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE, and it was about a gathering of leftist and activists. Among those attending were Allen Ginsberg, Stokely Carmichael, RD Laing, Paul Goodman, Herbert Marcuse. There are approximately 5 hours of out-takes. Again, I would be happy to deposit the original elements in return for some financial help in reconstituting the material. The process of reconstitution is challenging, because the original audio has been lost, and I am working from 3 alternative audio sources.
Any advice on where I might turn for financial assistance in this endeavour would be greatly appreciated.

hi Peter, I forwarded your query to our Film Department and Associate Curator Anne Morra will be in touch with you to see how we can assist you. Thanks

I’m an art history major and film studies minor. I’m interested in film curation.

I have the same question as Janet:
“What are the most important degrees, experiences, and personal qualities one should have in order to be successful in curating for film? What is the most rewarding thing about the job and what is the most difficult or challenging part? Are jobs scarce or abundant? What kind of salaries can I expect, especially at the entry level?”

Hi Mr. Roy,

I am a recent graduate of film studies and would liek very much to pursue curating.

My question is the same as many others,

What is the best way to start curating and path I should take?

Thank you.

hi William, the museum does not display non-MoMA exhibitions in its gallery spaces, but thank you for your interest. Best, Rebecca

My wife and I are devotees of the New Directors/New Films series. It’s great to know that tickets for Museum members will go on sale next Sunday.

IT WOULD BE EVEN GREATER TO KNOW WHAT THE SCHEDULE IS FOR FILM SHOWINGS AT MOMA AND LINCOLN CENTER.

WHEN WILL THAT INFORMATION BECOME AVAILABLE?

hi Stan, the full schedule should be available on newdirectors.org tomorrow. thanks for your interest!

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