I Am Not A Film Programmer* / by Samuel B. Prime

* Technically speaking, I mean. It has been nearly two years since I programmed a film for public exhibition. 

On one hand, it is a complete and total relief not to be burdened with regular night / weekend commitments.

On the other hand, I feel very strongly that film programming is vocational in the sense that it is 'in the blood.'

It took me nearly two years to admit this to myself from the moment when someone - a friend - corrected me when I introduced myself at a party as a film programmer. I took it hard, though I said nothing. I knew he was right. Ultimately, I know that I can do more for myself personally and for film professionally through polysemic advocacy than by simply being a programmer. On the evening of Wednesday, April 29th, I spoke to a UCLA class on the subject of film programming at the invitation of my friend and colleague Bernardo Rondeau, Director of Programming at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A recording of our discussion follows, wherein I talk at length about Z Channel and also quote two of my ciné heroes. Neither of the two are film programmers. 

Samuel B. Prime

Founder, LA Ciné Salon