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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.

Josef Astor on "The 4 Scariest Things About Kickstarter"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • November 1, 2011 11:00 AM
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A few months ago, Jennifer Fox wrote a guest post for this very site, a three-part, 29-point guide to running a successful Kickstarter campaign. Fox’s groundbreaking documentary My Reincarnation had recently broken all Kickstarter records and would ultimately go on to raise over $150,000, so her posts weren’t just informative and useful, they were a manifesto, a victory lap for the very concept of crowdsourcing.

It's Free! But You Can Still Pay For It If You Wish...

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 19, 2011 8:30 AM
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What's the goal? Building an audience, or making a profit? Some projects are undertaken for other reasons than getting rich. Sometimes we just want to educate people. And sometimes that noble effort, leads people to give even more.

John Bruce on "Far From Afghanistan: Mission, Means, and Movement Building"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 11, 2011 12:30 PM
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I think it is more than three years ago now that I first spoke of Truly Free Film. My hope then, as it is now, that artistic, social, and political motivations would harness the new technologies and it's tools to usher in a transformation from a mass-market driven entertainment economy to a community-based approached to media and art. The examples of this are still few and far between. I remain very optimistic nonetheless, and am heartened by all of what "Far From Afghanistan" represents.

Michael Collins on "Utilizing Your First Ever Film Festival"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 7, 2011 12:30 PM
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Toronto International Film Festival begins tomorrow. Getting you film to a festival is a dream come true for most filmmakers. But it is so easy to overlook the great opportunities that are right before you when you attend a festival. Today, doc filmmaker Michael Collins, shares some of the lessons he's learned from his initial experience at Tribeca.

Guest Post: Elise McCave "The First Annual PUMA Creative Impact Award"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 8, 2011 3:00 AM
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It is hard to find a better example of corporate sponsorship than the PUMA Creative Impact Awards. Not only does it publicize and support an important group of films, but helps support outreach and social change. With the right support, not only can we make better films, but we can change the world. I can hope that more corporations learn from PUMA's example and develop such opportunities; I certainly have a few ideas if they want some help. I asked Elise McCave who helped put together this important partnership to tell you a bit more about it.

Guest Post: Rachel Gordon "Streaming Educational Media"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 18, 2011 3:00 AM
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Rachel Gordon first posted on this blog about tapping into the educational market, and what we need to do to be in a position to benefit from the opportunity before us. Today, Rachel continues with an update on how that market, like everything else, has evolved during this Age Of Digital Disruption.

Guest Post: Joke and Biagio "How to Build an Emotional Connection with Your Audience"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 16, 2011 1:00 AM
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Posts about how to use crowdfunding effectively have become a bit of mainstay in the indie film blogosphere. But that doesn't make them any less crucial. Crowdfunding has become the most-talked about new tool in a filmmaker's arsenal for getting your movie financed. It's an intimidating commitment, particularly if you want to do it well. Luckily we all have a community to turn to, a community that has been very generous with their shared knowledge. Joke and Biagio, a husband & wife filmmaking team, collected their favorite & most helpful crowdfunding posts recently -- and having included a post from this site SPRANG to my attention. They not only found posts that were useful, but also were then able to recognize what was missing. Today they guest post and fill in one of those gaps: the emotional connection between your crowdfunding campaign and your audience. Thanks guys!

Guest Post: Peter Broderick "Special Report: How Films Can Change The World"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 14, 2011 2:59 AM
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One of my top motivations to make movies was to change the world. It still is true today. Often when I tell people that I want to make movies that either change the world, change cinema, or finance those revolutions, they often think I am joking. But I am quite sincere. To sort of quote the legendary producer Walter Wanger "Film is the world's ambassador." I was not surprisingly thrilled to get Peter Broderick's latest newsletter, and to find it not just on this subject, but with real info precisely on films that HAVE CHANGED THE WORLD. Peter has kindly agreed to allow me to share it here with you, provided you all NOW sign up for Peter's Distribution Bulletin, here.

Guest Post: Beth B "Who Says An Old Punk Can't Learn New Tricks?"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 30, 2011 3:00 AM
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I moved to NYC in the early 80's with dreams of making films that would change the world. To prime my path, I was prepared to serve first. There were two internships I wanted. Having grown up listening to Alan Lomax's Southern Journey records, he was one. He didn't hire me. The Super-8 No Wave film thing was taking the city by storm -- or at least the East Village. I turned my sights to working for Beth B, one of the key figures in the "Cinema Of Transgression". I got the interview... but not the gig. Although I have had to watch from afar, I have kept track of Beth and her work, and have always found it inspiring and uncompromising. How Beth navigates the challenge of giving her work form while leading her life and not being lead is both a marvel and a mantra. As Beth points out in her post today, it is not easy, it is a struggle, but the rewards prove the choice's righteousness time and time again.

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