I 55mila film di Salemi sono tornati a New York – Il Post

At the beginning of April the American catena di cinematografiche Alamo Drafthouse sale has opened A video library in the Lower Manhattan area, ormai una rarità dopo il successo delle piattaforme di streaming. I film if I can’t read it for free, but I’m available only on VHS, the next videocassette, and DVD, just like in the videotech of one time. If you can scegliere 15 thousand titles for film and documentary piuttosto rari, in some almost nelle unique copies sopravvissute: può sombrare a number notevole, in realtà è only a piccola part of a collection sterminata and for certain legendary versions arrived in New York from Italy , by the precision of Salemi, a community with less than 10 thousand inhabitants in the province of Trapani.

La collezione completa, composta da 55mila film, era rimasta per dodici anni in cinquecento scatoloni stipati in un magazzino di Salemi. It was arrived in Sicily in 2009 thanks to a donation from Kim Yong-man, an American film buff of Korean origin. Kim is the founder of Kim’s Video & Music, a video library opened in 1987 at St. Marks Place, in the East Village, in New York. Già nei primi anni di apertura la videoteca diventò un luogo di culto dove appassionati di film si incontravano per cambiarsi opinioni e consigli. Lì lavorono alcuni appassionati che poi sarebbero diventati registi e produttori como Alex Ross Perry e Todd Phillips, ma anche Albert Hammond Jr, guitarist della band indie rock The Strokes.

The crisis of 2008, the diffusion of the internet and the piracy of the seaside, Kim stopped the video library. Non sapendo cosa fare della collezione – il meglio del cinema indipendente americano e orientale – Make an appellation on the web in the hope of finding a patron able to save it by putting only three conditions: keep it intact, update it and make it accessible.

All’appello risposero in thirty of the many countries of the world, ma Kim agreed to the proposal of Franca Pauli and Dario Colombo of the Fondazione Clio who found the availability of the communal administration of Salemi, at that time guided by the art critic Vittorio Sgarbi and with the notorious photographer Oliviero Toscani in the wheel of assessor alla Creatività. In February 2009, a container full of scatoloni arrived from the port of Palermo in the historic center of Salemi, in piazza Libertà, and thousands of cassettes and DVDs were transported to the new headquarters.

Le scatole della collezione di Kim stipate in a magazzino to Salemi cousin from the return to New York (il Post)

The arrival of the Kim collection came with great enthusiasm and a certain expectation. The project, financed by others from the Sicilian Region with a contribution of 867 thousand euros, foresees the realization of the “Kim Center”, a kind of museum. The intention of the community, like aveva detto Sgarbi ai tempi, was to render it public and digitize it, but the Kim Center was not open.

To complicate the furono sews the resignation of Sgarbi da sindaco. In 2012 the art critic lasciò il commune where the Viminale ispettori did not undermine the scioglimento del Comune per infiltrazioni mafiose (scioglimento poi avvenuto alla fine de marzo dello stesso anno). Toscani was dimesso già in 2009 when I had a discussion with Sgarbi.

In 2014 a article della Stamp rivelò che l’edificio in cui erano stati messi i film era chiuso e il cortile era stato utilizzato como “ricovero provvisorio” por cani randagi. It gives now if there is little or none. A part of the film is digitalized thanks to the impegno of some associations, but my ambitious projects have not started if they were more concrete.

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The scatole of the collection Kim (il Post)

Le poche notizie sulla collezione di Kim contributed to create a sort of myth about the video collection of New York. In 2017 the documentary filmmaker David Redmon left for Italy to verify the voice that raccontavano di furti, cassette sparse alla rinfusa, grande caos e soprattutto di pericolosa muffa che avrebbe compromised the quality of the nastri. «Vederli lì in quell’edificio abandonato mi ha messo tristezza», has said Redmond, who subsequently contacted Kim for permission to return the collection to New York.

Il fondatore di Kim’s Video & Music assicurò il suo sustegno a pato che Redmond found a place suitable to host the collection and any to manage it. Alamo Drafthouse, a catena di sale che spesso proposing maratone di film e vecchi cult del cinema, was the ideal solution: the 550 scatole full of cassettes and DVDs crossed the Atlantic on one ship and returned to New York. Lì Nick Prueher, co-founder of the film festival Found Footage Festival, incaricato di mettere in ordine la collezione, si accorse che molte delle custodie di VHS e DVD avevano ancora i dispositivi antitaccheggio. I was not close to finding the instrument for April if I got a print: I took a long search to try to find a store in Los Angeles that still produced. Tra le altre seam, Prueher scoprì che la maggior parte delle videocassette e dei DVD no erano abbinati alle custodie. He served il lavoro di cinque persone per mettere tutto al posto giusto.

The film is still rispediti negli Stati Uniti thanks to a convention signed by Kim and the community of Salemi that provides for the “free use loan to Signor Kim for 10 years, unless he renews espresso for the same period.” It means that the film potranno rimanere negli Stati Uniti al massimo per 20 anni, poi dovranno tornare in Sicily.

The agreement foresees that in the video library of New York Messi will not have a brochure and public photo of Salemi. «We will finally give life to so many initiatives to value the best of the collection and to give Salemi an important showcase of negligence in the USA», has said the sindaco Domenico Venuti. Il 21 julio the commune has given the honorary cittadinanza to Kim pochi giorni prima della premium edition del Cinekim, the new film festival of Salemi. At 14 years from the cousin sbarco of the collection, the project of the community of realizzare un museo del cinema non è stato accantonato.

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I 55mila film di Salemi sono tornati a New York – Il Post


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