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A Business of Ignorance: 6 Lessons from the New Digital Distrib Universe

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • July 23, 2013 3:06 PM
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What's the next trend in indie filmmaking thanks to the digital universe in which we live? Tween TV stars. Yes, that's right. Turns out Harmony Korine was ahead of the curve with his casting of Disney TV ingenues in "Spring Breakers." In my latest Industry Beat column for Filmmaker Magazine, I looked into the latest developments in digital distribution, including new strategic casting decisions, and I'm still not sure whether digital and VOD distribution is good or bad.

The Most Daring Film of the Year

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • July 17, 2013 10:08 AM
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Economists and forward-thinkers are all about "creative disruption" as a means to move our lackluster global economy forward. It's the idea that innovation is the answer, the best way to revitalize our moribund industries. If Hollywood is doomed, recycling itself into career suicide, then the only way out of this mess is to focus on the new, the novel and the daring, whether that's Christopher Nolan (love him or hate him, at least he's experimenting with form) or at the other end of the spectrum, Andrew Bujalski, whose latest film "Computer Chess" goes back in time to boldly go forward where no film has gone before.

Privacy is Dead, According to New Round of Nonfiction

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • July 11, 2013 10:20 AM
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A recent "Daily Show" report on the N.S.A. PRISM scandal was titled "Good News! You're Not Paranoid," which seems like an apt tag-line for a number of recent documentaries, from Cullen Hoback’s Terms and Conditions May Apply, which opens in New York on Friday, to Ben Lewis’ Google and the World Brain and Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. If everything we do is being tracked, recorded and filed for possible Pre-Crime indictments, what you going to do about it?

After PBS Controversy, "Citizen Koch" Filmmakers Turn to Kickstarter

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • July 9, 2013 10:05 AM
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"Citizen Koch,” the documentary film about Wisconsin politics and the Citizens United decision, is turning to Kickstarter to cover the costs of music licenses, footage licenses, editing costs and other fees associated with readying the film for distribution. Problems with the film's distribution on PBS first circulated after The New Yorker published a damning story that strongly suggested that rightwing billionaire David Koch, who was a member of the Board of Directors of WNET in New York and WGBH in Boston at the time, may have had something to do with PBS pulling the plug on the film's broadcast.

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