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Tim Wright Remembers

A BF/VF memoir:

By the teacher of the flagship film class.

The Infamous Shock Art Performance

Why BF/VF's screening room was closed for a year

By Bob Lamm, witness.

Boston's Premiere Media Arts Organizations Closes
BF/VF Remembered
Where many of us started our careers

By Ron Cox

I've got many fond memories of that place and some of them I could never print. But my favorite one was when I taught a workshop for Paul Sarapas, who couldn't make it at the last minute. When I got to BFVF to meet the participants, no one was there to open up and when we finally got someone, some of the equipment wasn't working, like the batteries weren't charged. So I had the class re-enact everything that happened for their certification tape...we used long extension cords for the camera out the window to get the shot of us being locked out.The finished tape came out great and they called it "Making Lemonade Out of Lemons". What could have been a disastrous workshop, was made into a "message video" for the BFVF staff. I think Paul has a copy of it somewhere. Stuff like that was priceless in those days.

Ron Cox is now the Access Director at Malden Access Television. He canbe reached at

Posted: 28 May 2008
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor