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March 23, 2005,


Friends and Film Students:


The RichardLeacock.com website is a true example of an Independent endeavor.

Entirely a volunteer effort, a Stone Soup, -- RichardLeacock.com is a labor of love by many friends who have sponsored the site, written sections of it, and compiled lists.

Inspiration for the website arose out of Ricky's 80th birthday, seemingly a natural venue for one who continues to engage and reshape every new technology. The original precedent was compelled by efforts to collect films and writings, and pull in a global community in that search. The first website was built to support collaboration, and foreign languages, with a spirit of self-service.

Now, Ricky has accomplished one of his milestone goals. He has written his biography, together with a DVD of representative excerpts of films -- an incredible piece of work. This is the outcome of tremendous work gathering materials, including visiting libraries and archives in different countries, and it is not reflected in the website.

International, basic information sharing. to any computer, anywhere in the world, is now the goal of the website. As a consequence, the first few levels of the website are now generic HTML accessible to any machine, with minimal graphics, and requiring no plug-ins. The website is set up to support alternate pages in different foreign languages: currently set up to use automatic machine translation, (see the links at the bottom of the page for "  | en-us | fr | it | de | es | pt "). Ricky thinks this is great, although certainly not accurate. It would be better if translators could be found. If you are fluent in another language, you could volunteer to transate Ricky's Statement on the first page of the website.

On March 22, 2005, Richard Leacock presented his work at the The Balagan Experimental Film & Video Series at Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA. This website was mentioned during the discussion, underscoring Ricky's continuing involvement with new technologies. With this audience in mind, we hope to re-work and edit the site. The website only provides an overview, and is not complete. Movies and articles must be found at archives, libraries, and distributers.

If you are interested in contributing your efforts, support, or opinions, please contact Ricky, Valerie, or Ann Marion ( annmarion@marionworks.com)


Credits & Thanks :

Ricky Leacock has written the first page of this website.

Bob Doyle at SkyBuilders (http://www.skybuilders.com/) hosts this website, and provides web development tools supporting collaboration.

Geoff Alexander has contributed the bulk of material, including all the lists of films: Geoff Alexander at Academic Film Archive of North America  

The Leacock Project is an evolving project, a plan to help Ricky acquire all the materials he needs to document his life's work (See Leacock Project).

Ann Marion has volunteered to pull together contributers, and post pages.

Valerie Lalonde is reviewing, editing, and looking for translators.

-- many other people whose work has led to the lists, and articles


Where to Find Films & Documents:

Leacock films and many others of importance can be found at Rick Prelinger's Movie Archive, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Library, and others.


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Contact Ann Marion for comments or information on this website. March 24, 2005

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