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The Crossroads Of Film and Art

FOR most people, a video is something to rent if you missed the movie at a theater. Video means MTV, and a camcorder to preserve the family birthday parties.

One way to catch up with these ever expanding possiblities is offered by "Video Visions," a program of international work presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The series, which begins today at the Walter Reade Theater, is the second annual video festival presented as part of the New York Film Festival.

Like last year’s program, this one is determined not to be mainstream. You won’t find the increasingly common path from music video director to Hollywood feature film maker here. But then you can discover tomorrow’s Hughes brothers, who used rap videos as their training ground for "Menace II Society, on television.

This series has more in common with
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Here are some highlights of "Video Visions" and the Fagin retrospective, meant to suggest the breadth of work being shown. Even when the result is more esoteric than enthralling, the programs raise intriguing questions about the status and potential of video as art. The Personal Diary

"Video Visions" opens today with "Double Blind," a real life road movie in which Sophie Calle, a French Conceptual artist, and Gregory Shep hard, a California based artist, set out on a trip from the East Coast to the West. They record their thoughts and give opposite views of their relationship along the way. She wants to marry him in Las Vegas; he sneaks around making calls to another woman. She comes across as desperately out of touch with reality; he comes across as a self absorbed adolescent.

Their merged style has a definite flair. Wry voice overs suggest an awareness of their story in progress, and skewed visual shots capture the kitschy glamour of life as a series of motels, highways and gas stations. But at 76 minutes, this video tells more than most audiences will want to know about the artists. "Double Blind" suggests the dangers attached to the ease of making videos: self indulgent length and navel gazing. Just because you can make a 76 minute personal diary doesn’t mean you ought to. Video as Art

One of the high points of the series is "The Couple in the Cage: A Guatinaui Odyssey," a sly, sophisticated look at a traveling exhibit in which an aboriginal couple from the jungles of South America are caged and put on display. The female member of the Gautinaui tribe wears a baseball cap and Ray Bans along with her green face
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This work seems especially smart next to the two videos with which it shares the program, well meaning but dull looks at other cultures. "The Spirit of TV," which follows the introduction of television to the real life Waiapi tribe in Brazil, and "Saputi," which re creates scenes from the daily lives of the Eskimos who live above the Arctic Circle, feel more like anthropological exercises than video art.

"Inversion of Solitude," on a different program, is another accomplished satire. Terri Hanlon has based her irreverent story on the life of St. Therese of Liseux, the Little Flower, here seen in contemporary settings. A voice reads the saint’s own words about her sincere desire to enter the convent at the age of 15. But title cards printed over flowery William Morris designs offer a more practical and mordant commentary, like, "Her favorite hobby was burying dead birds." Ms. Hanlon obviously wasn’t working with a large budget, and "Inversion of Solitude" turns its small cast and outdoor settings into a stylish advantage. It’s hard to resist a work whose cast of characters includes "the Baby Nun," a toddler in a Carmelite habit. Video
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No play at US Open Friday because of rain

Open into disarray for the second consecutive year, meaning both singles finals will be pushed back again, and the tournament will end Monday at the earliest. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said.

A mix of showers and mist forced postponement of all of Friday’s three scheduled singles matches. That included six time major champion Nadal’s quarterfinal against No. 11 seeded Fernando Gonzalez, a match already suspended Thursday night because of showers after Nadal won the first set in a tiebreaker and led 3 2 in the second set tiebreaker.

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Those three matches were all rescheduled for Saturday, when the forecast again calls for rain.

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There is no roof on any court used for the tournament at Flushing Meadows, although studies have been done to check on the feasibility of adding one to Arthur Ashe Stadium. There is a new $60 million indoor facility on the grounds, but that is used only for practice during the tournament.

Wimbledon put a retractable roof over Centre Court for this year’s tournament when the weather was so nice, only parts of two matches were played indoors while the Australian Open has retractable roofs over its two main courts and plans to cover a third. The French Open intends to have a roof over its center court within the next several years.

The players dealt with Friday’s delays in various ways. Wozniacki spent some time practicing indoors, then stopped by the cafeteria, then wandered the hallways of Ashe.Articles Connexes:


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Kids frolic before a freshly painted mural in Kodak ads

The uniform and its accessories are the same Levi’s, Nike sneakers, a T shirt and a Coke.

In the shopping malls and city centers of the developing world, young people meet in fast food restaurants, shop for cassettes and look out for the latest trends, just like their brothers and sisters in the more developed world.

Decades of closed markets, tight budgets, unsophisticated media and stagnant purchasing power kept youth marketing in much of Latin America, Asia and Africa in its infancy, far from the sophisticated efforts of Europe and North America. But now it’s taking off. teenagers," says Cristina Martinez, Latin American regional account director for Eastman Kodak at J. Walter Thompson Co., Miami.

Marketers also are beginning to recognize that they are playing a bigger role in the decision making in overall household buying habits. Consumer giant Philips, for example, supplements its regular ad program throughout Latin America with interactive demonstration booths in shopping malls and department stores to promote a corporate image of ultra modernity that attracts young people.

Research in other countries backs up that approach. "Youth have become influences and great decision makers about what music systems should come into their homes," says Ram Sehgal, president, Contract Advertising, Bombay, which handles Philips in India.

And more than just for music systems. Kodak realized that Latin American demographics made it vital to start speaking to teens now. With more than 50% of Latin America’s population under 25, Kodak is building an image of its film among teens even if they don’t have cameras.

With the launch of MTV Latino a year ago, Kodak found a way to reach large numbers of upper class teen agers throughout the region perhaps as many as 9 million with a single ad buy. Focus groups conducted in Mexico City for Kodak found that Latin American teens had familiar concerns ecology, safe sex, their futures. That meant Kodak had to develop a special campaign for teen agers, since it has concentrated on the idea of preserving memories for adults in its Latin advertising.

"Teen agers have a feeling of immortality," says Ms. Martinez. "For them, photography is sharing with friends."

The seven spot campaign, developed by JWT Mexico and started in May, highlights teen concerns, such as the rain forest or the first date, with rapid editing and a musical theme performed by members of the band Bon Jovi.

Although she would not disclose how much Kodak is spending on
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Kodak is not alone. Kellogg’s, which has always targeted children or their mothers, is exploring the possibilities of the youth market, says Ms. Martinez.

Warner Lambert’s Latin Chiclets ad last year dressed up an old product with a TV campaign that was humorous, surreal and modern to appeal to 18 to 24 year olds. Developed by JWT’s New York office with contributions from 10 Latin American offices, the spot shows a desert shack occupied only by a young man and his monkey. Rattling a Chiclets box, the young man summons an international horde from geishas to English schoolboys along with camels and an elephant
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They vanish as quickly as they appear, until the monkey gives the Chiclets box a shake. "Chiclets makes cool things happen," notes the tagline.

Mexico’s largest bank, Banamex, is also getting into the act and has just introduced a special account for young people aged 15 to 18, with a minimum deposit of only $75, rather than the more typical $600.

"You have the control" is the bank’s slogan for the account promoted in newspaper ads, handled by Arredondo de Haro, Mexico City.

But multinational marketers are also learning that teen agers still reflect very local tastes and preserve some tradition.

"If you take a typical Indian teen ager in Bombay, Delhi or Calcutta, you would find that tangibly he has moved toward the West," says Jagdeep Kapoor, director of Parle Agro, a Bombay based marketer of Frooty, a boxed fruit drink, and Bailley’s mineral water.

"He’d be wearing a Lacoste shirt, Wrangler jeans, Nike shoes and maybe a pair of Ray Ban glasses." But, he adds, he is very much an Indian in his values: He respects his parents, lives together in a family and removes his Nike shoes and Ray Bans before entering a place of religion.

In Brazil, local brands and images vie for attention with multinational names.

One study of S o Paulo teenagers, conducted last year by market research company Senso Agencia de Estudos de Comportamento, found that Brazilian personalities from politicians to blond supermodel/TV star Xuxa topped the list of people they admired most, indicating their loyalty to their own culture. Brazilian teen agers mix musical styles easily, enjoying U2 along with Brazilian stars Milton Nascimento and Caetano Veloso. They are as likely to drink guarana, a local fruity soft drink, as Gatorade or Coca Cola.

In Malaysia, radio stations play Western, Chinese and Malay songs interchangeably.

In Egypt, McDonald’s started advertising during soccer
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Soft drink marketers have found rock concerts to be an effective forum to reach the young. A big name such as Elton John, whose last concert was sponsored by Diet Coke, or Paul McCartney packs stadiums every few months in Mexico, where concerts were prohibited until four years ago. When Michael Jackson cut short his last international Pepsi Cola sponsored tour, the last stop was Mexico, where concerts sold out.

These events are tailor made as a way to convey the spirit of these brands, said Flavio de Andrade, Souza Cruz marketing director, especially since advertising is prohibited from targeting people under 21. The company spends $8 million annually for these kinds of events, including a variety of music, film and dance festivals.

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