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An Incredible Opportunity... Or Not? Producing Indie In The Era Of Economic Collapse

  • By Joseph White
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  • December 1, 2011 8:30 AM
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Timing is close to everything. Good movies go unseen. Talent is squandered. Revolutions fail to materialize. All of this because of bad timing (and perhaps bad strategies). At the same time, great things occur, movements are born, we delight in the artistry of new talents -- all because people were in the right place at the right time. Is this a cause for celebration or something to lament? I will not discount the good fortune I had to start making movies when I did. It is also so difficult to judge where we are now as a culture, an industry, or a movement -- or what the wisest strategy is for these times. I know we are not going to find the answer on our own. I trust we can build it better together. I was very moved by producer Joseph White's tale of trial and tribulation and I we are lucky he's chosen to share it with us.

New World Distribution in the Old World

  • By Orly Ravid
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  • November 30, 2011 8:30 AM
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Quick tell your investors! Indie Film is safe again. The big waterfall of profits is starting to mount. Haven't you heard the news? VOD is making it all good again. Simple as making a good film that people know of and want to pay for. Seriously though, the news has been coming in and now we are getting numbers about how films perform here. And they look pretty sweet... The Film Collaborative's Orly Ravid fortunately wants us to know even more and has done some research on the prospects of EU Digi Distro. And now I am smiling. You will be too.

Digital Hollywood NYC 2011 - Part 2

  • By Jacques Thelemaque
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  • November 29, 2011 8:30 AM
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Jacques Thelemaque returns today to complete the download of his lessons learned from Digi Hwood knowledge fest. What's the future? Does anyone know? This much I DO know: I would love to have one person cover for our HopeForFilm community all the film related seminars over the course of the year, be they in NYC or LA, and compare what can be gained from these conferences and how they vary. I wonder if we can find a sponsor... I wonder more if we could find one person who can endure -- even with the enticement of tasty sandwiches!

Digital Hollywood NYC 2011 -- Part 1

  • By Jacques Thelemaque
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  • November 23, 2011 8:30 AM
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Conferences abound in the US Film Biz and sometimes seems like another example of industries that still financially prosper in a field that has regularly been headed downwards (18% drop in theatrical attendance this year anyone?).  Yet, as corporate focused as they often are, they do point to a tendency to continued education.  Perhaps most hopefully they point to a willingness for our industry to evolve and embrace some aspect of change.  We sent Filmmakers Alliance (link) founder and past HopeForFilm contributor (link) Jacques Thelemaque to Digital Hollywood NYC to get the perspective for the truly free film community. -- Ted

Jennie Livingston on her Documentary "Earth Camp One" Part 2

  • By Jennie Livingston
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  • November 10, 2011 3:30 PM
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Jennie Livingston on her Documentary "Earth Camp One" Part 1

  • By Jennie Livingston
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  • November 10, 2011 11:42 AM
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The Role Of Film Festivals In The Future Of Independent Cinema

  • By Ted Hope
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  • November 4, 2011 8:30 AM
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Come Hear Todd Solondz Discuss His Process This Sunday!

  • By Ted Hope
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  • November 3, 2011 4:00 PM
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Sunday, November 6th at 4pm NYC

Go See Tristan Patterson's "Dragonslayer"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • November 3, 2011 8:30 AM
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What are you doing this weekend? If you had any friends that came to Tuesday night's HopeForFilm Screening at Goldcrest of Tristan Patterson's SxSW Audience Award winning film DRAGONSLAYER, I am sure that's what you'll now be going to see, because the word was "that good"! When I put on a screening, I also write a letter letting my list know why I care about the film. This is that letter for Dragonslayer.

FREE! Everything you didn't know you need to know about making an independent film

  • By Ted Hope
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  • November 2, 2011 8:30 AM
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Reed Martin has kindly provided us with the opening chapter to his book The Reel Truth for free online. Subtitled "Everything you didn't know you need to know about making an independent film," it's a great resource for anybody involved in independent film. Read and enjoy.

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