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My Best Cinema Experiences of 2011

  • By Ted Hope
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  • December 30, 2011 8:30 AM
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The end of the year has become a bit overwhelming in terms of "Best Of" lists. We evaluate things so much in terms of quality (or at least attempt to), but I hear very few people speak of true pleasure. Quality and pleasure often are not the same, but these end of the year list camouflage that a bit. We don't go to or watch movies just because they are good. We love films because they are fun -- and it's never just the content that makes the experience so great. It's the company and the context.

The Letter 'D': Distribution, DIY, Dynamo Player

  • By Orly Ravid
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  • December 29, 2011 8:30 AM
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Dynamo Player is one of the many DIY options we've looked at with close interest over the past year, (See Felicia Ptolemy's Review HERE and Rob Millis' Introduction to the Dynamo Player HERE. Is 2012 the year that it takes off for the indie and artist direct communities? It may very well be, and if so, we can have Orly Ravid of the Film Collaborative to thank once again. Today, she sits down with Dynamo's founder and discusses further evidence of it's success and some of the do's and don'ts of the platform.

Crowdfunding a Collaborative Film

  • By Audrey Ewell
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  • December 28, 2011 8:30 AM
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2012 is going to be the year of truly free filmmaker experimentation. 2012 is going to be the year of cross-platform collaboration. And 2012 is going to be the year of filmmaker to filmmaker collaboration. I don't know how much of this will be true, but I know I wish all of it will be, and so far, there is no clearer indicator that all will be true than The 99% Film. We've heard from Audrey Ewell, one of the film's collaborators, and we know she always has progressive and provocative ideas, so why should this time be any different. Today Audrey shares with other some of the new ways she and her team are making use of some of the plethora of options that are out there to enable us to truly build it better together.

"Academic Cinema": Merging Theory With Practice

  • By Russell Sheaffer
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  • December 27, 2011 8:30 AM
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Back in college when I wanted to lead a revolution, I studied political theory. I dropped out of college the first time because I wanted to put my ideas into action. I dropped out of college the second time -- this time film school -- for the same reason. I loved studying though, and I particular loved philosophizing about the process, but I was afraid I might talk so much, think so much, write so much, I could lose my capacity to do. I didn't want to deconstruct things so much that I may not be able to build them. Maybe I didn't need to fear it so much. Today, filmmaker/academic Russel Sheaffer blogs about the merger -- they type that makes us all richer -- where ideas -- the big kind -- take action.

Perseverance & Endurance: Necessary Elements For Every Film

  • By Jane Weiner
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  • December 22, 2011 8:30 AM
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No one ever said filmmaking was easy (at least I don't think so). That said, what is required to get a film to completion sometimes awes me beyond comprehension. I can not think of a better testament of faith to think we can reach the place where is our work is projected in front of an auditorium of people. Sometimes people I meet think it just comes down to the material. But when a beautiful inspiring work about one of cinema's key figures requires so much effort, even technology to change, it demonstrates the opposite. Without the courage and commitment of the artists behind the work, many great movies would remain incomplete. Today, Jane Weiner shares with us some of trials and tribulations behind her latest film.

Maximizing Distribution Through Crowdfunding

  • By Peter Broderick
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  • December 21, 2011 8:30 AM
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HopeForFilm has had the pleasure of hosting several of Peter Broderick's prior newsletters, but today's is extra-special, working as a continuation of Jennifer Fox's illuminating posts on MY REINCARNATION crowdfunding campaign. My filmmakers mistakenly think of the crowdfunding platforms for financial purposes, but as Peter points out, it works to build community, involve audiences, and generate publicity and a true sense of ownership.

One Movie, 12 Directors

  • By Shruti Ganguly
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  • December 20, 2011 8:30 AM
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Collaborative features are in the air. Friday we glimpsed the end of auteur culture with Audrey Ewell's post on the documentary The 99 Percent Film. What happens though when the collaborative film is an omnibus narrative? Are twelve more auteurs born into the world? How are we going to navigate this new future of team-based filmmaking? What are the Best Practices we have to put in place? Producer Shruti Ganguly shares some lessons she's learned from working on James Franco's latest concoction.

I Want To Live In LA Today And Go To The Greatest Celebration Of Cinema EVER!!!

  • By Ted Hope
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  • December 17, 2011 8:30 AM
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Auteurs vs Collaborators

  • By Audrey Ewell
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  • December 16, 2011 8:30 AM
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When I talk to filmmakers and industry people alike this year, there has been a new emphasis on collaboration. People are trying to find new ways to work together. With this collaboration comes a new way of looking at ownership and authorship. It is no longer always "my film" but is evolving into "our project". I even hear it in how filmmakers speak of those who watch their films -- in some cases "audiences" are expanding into "community". Yet for all that speak, I don't encounter all that action.

Sundance and Topspin Bring D2F to Indie Film

  • By Bob Moczydlowsky
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  • December 7, 2011 8:30 AM
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The following post was originally published on TopSpinMedia.com.

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