Monday, December 6, 2010
John Katz RIP
As a grad student, I had access to a Steenbeck editing machine - these were the days when film was edited on film - and John came in to ask me to check the one 16 mm print of Best Boy he had that would be circulating the country. So we sat down and watched the film together, scanning at some points as we'd both seen it, (I was in the premiere audience at the festival that year--I remember TVOntario film buff Elwy Yost sitting next to be and in tears at the end). I remember still John's excitement at having found the wherewithal to distribute the film. He had an infectious enthusiasm for this new foray outside of academe.
John Katz passed away from kidney failure November 28. RIP.