'Sex' Sells Short Films Online

By mattdentler | Matt Dentler's Blog August 21, 2009 at 9:21AM

'Sex' Sells Short Films Online
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It's been a very busy few days in South America, where I am currently for a series of panels in Uruguay as part of the annual Miami International Film Festival's Abroad program. But I did wanna take a quick moment and share this new interview with an exciting young filmmaker we're working with at CRM... For her monthly shorts column on indieWIRE, Kim Adelman speaks with acclaimed filmmaker Justin Nowell about the recent release of his popular films Sick Sex and Sex Tape: Acting For The Camera, on Amazon VOD. These are some great films, and we're very proud to be distributing them online. From Kim's interview:

Indiewire: Has putting your films online immediately after Sundance hurt your chances at other festivals? I’m assuming the answer is no, since “Acting for the Camera” seems to be enjoying a healthy festival run, playing Gen Art, Atlanta, AFI Dallas, and it recently won a prize at CineVegas.

Justin Nowell: The way we look at it, if we can get into Sundance, anything after that is gravy. Also, I think my shorts are not exactly Academy material. But I think most festivals are pragmatic. They’re seeing the changing landscape the same way that filmmakers are. Some festivals won’t play your film if it’s been online or played other festivals. But Sundance has played stuff that has been on YouTube previously, so they’re cool about it. And I think that other festivals are realizing this is just the way it is.