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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: David Geertz "Are Indie Filmmakers Slave Drivers?"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 28, 2011 2:59 AM
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How do we truly think about film? Do we ignore the truth even when it is right before our eyes? Are we sometimes willing to compromise our ethics in order to achieve our creative goal? Would we be willing to defer that goal in order to maintain the ethical standards that we otherwise embrace?I named David Geertz as one of Hope For Film's Brave Thinkers (2009 Edition) for a new start up he had then. That venture may now be gone, but David is still very much a Brave Thinker, as his guest post below, and his commitment to more, attests.

Video: Spike Jonze, Lisa Cholodenko, and me on Financing and The Rule Of The Samurai

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 27, 2011 4:25 AM
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Spike, Lisa, and I got to have a great conversation at The Cleveland Public Library early this year, and a great crowd came. An official video was shot of the proceedings and hopefully will be available shortly, but this one came from the crowd, and is a nice little nugget to wet your appetite.

Video: Yancey Strickler of Kickstarter

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 15, 2011 8:00 AM
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If Indie Film had a person of the year, it would be Kickstarter this year. It's given more movies the needed boost than anyone else this year (as today's earlier post can attest. Thanks to Dan McGuire for the tip on this!

Sign The Petition To Demand CA Senate To Extend California's Film and TV Tax Credit Program NOW!

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 2, 2011 8:30 AM
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You can sign the petition right here.

Guest Post Alex & Andrew Smith: "Crowdfunding = Barnraising: We All Have To Do Some Heavy Lifting"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 2, 2011 7:08 AM
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It's kind of hard to find the appropriate analogy for what we do, particularly these days. Often I am tempted to think it is running full speed against a brick wall without any protective headgear on, hoping that a door may open the moment before impact. But those are on my down days. Usually I can see us all working together, building bridges, fusing connections, doing the labor that will lift the culture in many ways. It shouldn't be so hard to describe that, but I still struggle.Which is one of the reasons I was so pleased to reconnect with Alex and Andrew Smith, twin brothers, whose go to it attitude and willingness to reach high with their ambition has never been lagging. They look for the truth of it, and don't shy from the honesty of the hard work. Which is why the analogy they unearthed for crowdfunding for their guest blog today is so fitting.

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.

Guest Post: Jennifer Fox “PART 4: How MY REINCARNATION Broke All Kickstarter Records”

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 24, 2011 3:00 AM
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Two weeks ago Jennifer Fox shared with us some of the lessons she learned crowdfunding (1st six here, next 14 here, next 9 here).

Guest Post: Jennifer Fox "PART 3: How MY REINCARNATION Broke All Kickstarter Records"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 23, 2011 3:00 AM
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Yesterday, the profoundly generous Jennifer Fox shared with us four more of the lessons she learned crowdfunding. This after a run two week's earlier where she shared a host of other (1st six here, next 14 here, next 9 here).

Guest Post: Jennifer Fox “PART 2: How MY REINCARNATION Broke All Kickstarter Records"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 22, 2011 3:00 AM
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Two weeks ago Jennifer Fox shared with us some of the lessons she learned crowdfunding (1st six here, next 14 here, next 9 here).

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