Two years ago, today, Mark Rappaport sent out a letter to a modest swath of the independent film community, mostly in America. In that letter (see https://cinemaelectronica.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/chained-relations/) Mark told of a long unhappy story of his involvement with Professor Raymond Carney, tenured at Boston University. I will not repeat that but refer you to the sequence of posts which I wrote and published here, under the title Chained Relations. There are 10 of those, and a few others on the same matter – if you wish to know the entire dismal story they are there for your delectation.
I write this final notice to update you on how things stand.
Despite a petition organized by Daniel Levine, and signed by well over 1000 persons, many of them names in the film world, Professor Carney has remained adamant, and continues to hold Mark Rappaport’s property, below:
Mark has in effect resigned himself to this reality, and is proceeding to have his work digitized, paying for it himself, with the help of the Cinematheque Francais in the form of their discount on lab costs. Mark will be able to do this for Impostors, and then for financial reasons will have to stop. Professor Carney remains in possession of the shown prints, some originals, one-inch video tapes which could be used to digitize those films, and papers, and clearly has no intention of returning them. They were, so he says, “gifted” to him (a disputed claim he also made regarding John Cassavetes material), despite Mark’s statement that they were not, and that Mr Carney has nothing tangible on paper to suggest otherwise. Nor, so it appears, does Boston University intend to rescind Carney’s tenure and send him packing.
While in seeming hiding, the Professor does maintain a blog in which he excoriates BU, (http://insidebostonuniversity.blogspot.co.il/2014/06/ten-years-at-boston-universitya-timeline.html), and in his most recent posting there he advises he is buried in writing his opus on Robert Bresson (“… which is in something like the eighth or ninth draft, pushing 180,000 words—don’t laugh!—…”), and says to a writer, “P.S. Keep telling the truth. It matters.” To me it is rather ironic that the Professor is writing about that most moral of filmmakers, and that his advice is “keep telling the truth,” though he himself is immoral and unable to face his own truth – that he is a conniving, argumentative, long-winded and utterly dishonest person. Don’t take my word for it; wade through the mountains of verbiage Mr. Carney spews out to the point of being unreadable.
And that, sadly, is the situation regarding Mr. Carney and Mark Rappaport, whom the Professor has claimed to be one of the most important filmmakers on the planet. My personal view is that Professor Carney is paranoid and mentally ill, as his shrill writings would suggest, and that it would be advisable for anyone to steer wide and clear of him. Sociopaths such as he is are natural born liars. Mostly to themselves, but also to any audience they can gather.
On a happier note, Mark has available, on-line at Amazon, four books:
If there’s any angels out there in the film-world who would care to help in getting Mark Rappaport’s work properly digitized so it can be shown on-screen or streamed, please contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org