When I was about 14, my parents let me go with them to the movies to see a foreign film, something quite out of the ordinary at that time. It was a small theater in a nearby shopping mall. I don’t remember the feature film, but I remember very well the short that came before it. It was “Day Of The Painter”. Over the years I’ve told people about it. Now that I’m going to make a film about an artist making a painting I began to search for it in earnest, hoping to get another look at it. Turns out, a lot of other people also have fond memories of it and would also like to see it again. Despite the fact that it won an Acedemy Award, this is one hard movie to find. Just do a Google search and you will see all the people that have left messages over the years asking where they can find a 16mm or VHS (!) copy. The last post I saw was from a relative of the filmmaker who says he has recovered the original 16mm print and will have it digitized but copies will only be available for family members.
I would like to go on record here while I’m still alive. If people want to see my work, let ‘em. Don’t hide it or hoard it. Make money with it… get it out there!