I would buy a mansion. Every year, I would host an event- it would be a film tournament much like the director’s cup. I would have a HUGE theater room where people would show the films they compete with. This would go on for weeks and I would pay for each of their necessities, as well as acquire the films they wish to show.
What would you do?
Hmm, buy a mansion. That’s a unique one.
I would definitely not post here or ever come to this website. I’d be busy.
Oh man, given my recent financial situation, I’ve been thinking about being filthy rich, so I know exactly what I would do…
Yeah, I thought about a turning a mansion in Newport into a retirement home for down-on-their-luck artists.
But I had to re-consider knowing what managing facility filled with a bunch of free-spirits would be like.
These people don’t know the meaning of the word NO. Can you imagine what the fire insurance would cost?
I decided that I would set up a trust from which they could apply for living expenses.
Therein is the problem – what are the criteria?
I was thinking some factor times their social security benefit.
Probably limit the number of musicians….
Do you think I should at take into account what they did? their bona fides?
what if Britney Spears applied?
Nah, she’d be okay…
If I was filthy rich I’d buy an island much like Johnny Depp did. But, I’d buy one close to a cruise line passage. Then I’d arrange to have a “cinephiles only” cruise where people would pay to enjoy the scenery and discuss at great length their worldly knowledge of films. I’d arrange to have the ship wrecked near my island where I would then invite the guests into my home. The next day I’d play a game with them where I send them out into the wild island to fend for themselves while I hunt them down and shoot them all one by one. Ahhh, to dream.
It’s always nice to give your guests the illusion of safety and comfort before you brutally murder them.
i c wat u did thar, by the way.
I know, but I’ve had this dream since seeing the movie. Or was it since I discovered this site?
I would think carefully about the potential ability to help I had been given, with tons of money. Then I would start thinking about the places:
I would get some research done about which human aid organizations actually process the most ‘value’ of each coin given, to ensure that a large sum would if fact result in the most ‘real, on the ground help’ for the people who need it. This goes for humanitarian help and medical research. If this were not satisfactory, I would sponsor a new type of operation. Major cancer and especially Alzheimer’s centers would get what they need.
The same would apply to research and help in stopping the overfishing of the oceans and the stopping of the killing of the last ‘big beasts’ in Africa. Major ad campaigns would follow this, and not politically correct ones, either.
I would then look into the major film restoration centers, be they US or elsewhere, to give where the Nitrate can be saved, as fast and as well as possible, with a guarantee of at least a 4k digital master of major titles being a requirement. A world-wide, co-ordinated search would be instigated with every country having a stake at locating and bringing out their “odd reels” or complete features. There would be an annual film conference where every contributing nation could bring, share, and celebrate their finds, to be advertized appropriately.
I would have, as a commitment, that the critical films would be ‘done first’ but that all of the material was to be seen as “time sensitive” and worked on at the greatest speed that would allow fine quality, long-term archiving, with a ramping up of trainees to help fill the need.
In co-ordination with this, I would select one or two film labs as ‘donor labs’ where all the fine processes would be honored with the best restored machines, to allow the legacy of top-quality super-8, 16mm, 35mm and 70mm to stay alive, in conjunction with Kodak agreeing to produce the chemicals again, against a guarantee for them of work coming in to justify it. This would be in addition to the great work already being done.
Then, at the end, would be the ‘Theatre Venture’, a complete going-over of potential “good cinemas” in the US and elsewhere. The closed, the open…looking at the lovely houses, and saying, this can be 35 and 70 again. Finding a good pool of projectionists, great gear, and just running the places back up to speed, regardless if there is a profit at first. Do a Charles Foster Kane on them. He may be losing money, but by the time he dies, there’s still enough left to run the joints.
Hollywood might not give a damn, but if a whole chain of theatres suddenly started having (well-publicised) nights of classics and they needed larger-format prints and were willing to pay, do you think Tech and the rest wouldn’t oblige as long as the legalese is ok? Can you imagine the number of older film-goers who might suddenly find Saturday Night fun again and come help grease the wheels?
I am sure I have more (the old blues records…the rare manuscripts) but, for our purposes, let’s stay here.
Claus for President.
if I suddenly happened to be “filthy rich” it would certainly speed up my immigration to america…but since I don’t see that happening any time soon I’ll settle for just being able to pay my bills, sad enough…
I’d make movies.