“Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to you because of my interest in the film The Cure for Insomnia by John Henry Timmis IV. According to the film’s entry in the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) it was a School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) production. This is the only lead the internet gives as to whom might know something about the film’s current state.
This email is addressed to both the Video Data Bank (where I was unable to find The Cure for Insomnia) and the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Office at SAIC. If your outfit can not provide me with any information would you be able to tell me who I might write to instead?
My interest to the film was brought out during an experiment I set-up to test the circadian rhythm, the almost-but-not-quite 24-hour cycle of being awake and asleep. We had to be cut-off from outside interference like sunlight and Wikipedia was one of the few things to offer us interesting things to read. A film called The Cure for Insomnia was too good not to be noticed.
I would like to watch the film but it seems Wikipedia is right in stating ‘it was never released to the public’. None of the usual channels (eBay, Amazon, Play, The Pirate Bay, isoHunt) turned up anything.
My question to you is: is there any way to get the film? Either for personal (household) viewing or possibly for a small-scale public viewing at the local library?
Maybe the question should be whether the film still exists within your archives, but I like to be positive and assume you have not destroyed a film that once held a world record.
Other questions that might be more appropriate on this matter are who owns the rights to the film and if it would be possible to make it available through means like the Internet Archive (a non-profit trying to build an online library to preserve digital works and artifacts: archive.org)?
I would think it a shame if the film was to disappear in the mists of time. There is nothing worse than art that cannot be viewed and I hope you hold that same believe at heart.
I am looking forward to hear back from you.
Martijn van der Ven
(This email and, unless you will explicitly forbid me to, your answer will be published online on http://forum.camendesign.com/can_you_help_me_find_the_cure_for_insomnia_.)”
I hope this will do and I will keep this thread up-to-date. If anyone has any more ideas where I could look or who I could write to let me know.
Martijn added on
artifacts → artefacts