Last week, America's indie film community took a long, hard look at its precarious state... In the midst of glimmers of boosterism and blind faith, it was yet another sobering reminder of the dour economy and the painful shifts currently hitting the entertainment business.
My report on the week that was, "No One Knows Anything," currently available at IFC.com, looks more closely at Indepedent Film Week, the Project Forum, and what up-and-coming filmmakers faced and can expect to face in the future. As IFP's executive director Michelle Byrd acknowledged, filmmakers must have encountered "a lot of doom and gloom." "It's taken some people a long time to realize that the independent film business has not been working as a business, but in reality, it never really was," she added.