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Ed Burns On Learning To Love To Engage With The Crowd

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 10, 2011 2:59 AM
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I have truly enjoyed my collaborations with writer/director/actor Ed Burns. We started working together on his first film and did the next two together. Although we didn't make a movie together after that, our get together share-sessions over beers have always been both fun and informative. It's been truly inspiring for me, to see how he keeps learning -- and having fun doing it.In both watching, working and hanging out with Ed, you quickly see that he really enjoys and respects people. He knows everyone's name quickly on his shoots and never forgets he too was once a production assistant who never knew if he'd have a shot at making his own movies. It is not a surprise that he has not only embraced social media, but found excellent ways to integrate it into his creative process. I reached out and asked him to share a little bit of how he learned not just to love the crowd, but to embrace them as a community that he is but one part of.

Video: The Art Of Immersion - How The Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 9, 2011 3:00 AM
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A little while ago I got to participate in a great discussion at Google, centered around Frank Rose's must-read book The Art Of Immersion. Joining Frank and I were Chris Di Cesare, Director of Creative Programming at Google Creative Lab, i Paul Woolmington, Founding Partner of Naked Communications, and Susan Bonds of 42 Entertainment. If you want to know where it is all headed, I suggest you read Frank's book and listen to our talk, posted below.

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.

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.

Guest Post: Jason Brubaker "The Modern Movie Making Movement"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 22, 2011 3:00 AM
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Times HAVE changed. In many, many ways. But what we call Indie Film is an era gone by. The opportunity to create and connect has never been greater -- and it means other changes are afoot. Jason Brubaker reached out to me with what I felt was an important idea, but like many I encounter, I was too busy to participate unfortunately.Jason recognizes that filmmakers no longer need "discriminatory distribution" and can reach audiences with their work in new and different ways. But Jason also recognizes we need to share the info on how we do it. Most importantly, he recognizes this is a community effort. He has done a great service to our community and deserves our thanks. But I am going to let him tell you all about it with a guest post. Thanks Jason!

It's NOT About Art: The Film Industry Is About People Keeping Their Jobs

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 20, 2011 4:00 AM
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Avenue Q reminded us: The internet is for downloading porn. Well, do you need me to remind you that the film industry is for keeping the few jobs in film development, production, sales, marketing & distribution that still remain?

Guest Post: Kit Carson "Jan Harlan -- Stanley Kubrick's Producer"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 19, 2011 3:00 AM
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L.M. Kit Carson, the legend, the man, returns to discuss his recent encounter with greatness, Jan Harlan, Mr. Kubrick's producer.Read L.M. Kit Carson's last guest post for us on David Holzman's Diary Here.

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: Set Kushner "Remembering Harvey Pekar"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 12, 2011 3:00 AM
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Today marks the first anniversary of Harvey Pekar's death. Very few people have had as great an influence on my life as Harvey. I was very fortunate to be able to collaborate with him and bring AMERICAN SPLENDOR to the screen.I was thrilled to be approached by Seth Kushner about his current tribute to Harvey. I offer you a glimpse of it here.

Go See Azazel Jacobs' "Terri" -- Opening Today

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 1, 2011 3:00 AM
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I have a film series in NYC. Courtesy of Nick Quested and Goldcrest, about once a month, I show a film I feel people need to support. I send emails to about 700 people to fill the 60 seat theater. It's free, although now I ask regulars to buy wine for the afterwards schmooze. The filmmakers have to be present and after the screening I do a Q&A with them. To keep it homey, I write a letter emphasizing why I want them to see it. We screened Azazel's film earlier this month, and this is that letter I sent. You should check it out this weekend. It opens today. Vote with your dollars for the kind of films you want.

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