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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.

Where The Tax Credits For Film Are In America These Days

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 27, 2011 2:00 AM
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Tax credits and subsidies for the film business are job stimulus. As a producer asked to ALWAYS squeeze a buck, I simply won't shoot my films where the tax credits are not. Luckily I live in the wise and wonderful state of New York, that has one of the best tax subsidies for film and television any where in the world, not to mention the BEST talent pool in the universe too.

Is So Much Choice Really Any Choice At All?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 22, 2011 12:30 PM
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So many people want to "keep their options open" as opposed to actually committing themselves to something they really believe in. We fill our shelves with 1001 variations and some people think it is freedom, but doesn't it just obscure the real problem that we haven't committed to what we really want?

Must Read On MovieScope: Michael Gubbins' "Face The Music"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 21, 2011 12:30 PM
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I have had the pleasure of participating in two think tanks sessions with Michael Gubbins of the UK. He's a fun and thoughtful advocate for the change that needs to occur in our industry, if we want to survive. As he points out today in his article in MovieScope "Face The Music", ten years after the release of the iPod, has the film biz really learned anything from it's sister, the music industry?

Can We Create The Future Of Indie Marketing & Distribution -- Or Is It Already Dead?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 11, 2011 3:00 AM
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We speak of the need to utilize PMDs (aka Producers of Marketing & Distribution) on Indie/TFF movies these days, but how do these people get trained (not to mention, paid for)? Where do they learn their skill sets? Two or three years into this DIY Indie Movement of sorts, can you name more than three or four people (at best) who do this? Isn't this the missing piece? How come we all aren't doing more to train these folks?

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?

Anthony Kaufman's MUST READ New Blog: Reel Politik

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 17, 2011 3:00 AM
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I have long felt the indie film community has needed someone to write regularly and call attention the various issues that both effect our life as filmmakers, and how film, in all its various forms, effect our life as citizens, societies, and individuals. What an awesome gift for us all that Anthony Kaufman has taken it upon himself to do this. His first post from his re-booted blog, REEL POLITIK, lays out the manifesto:

Dennis Potter & Adam Curtis On Rupert Murdoch

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 16, 2011 8:00 AM
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The brilliant Dennis Potter had one dying wish...(hat tip to Dan McGuire again!)

What Is The Future Of The Film?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 13, 2011 3:00 AM
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The "No Endorsement" Mark - A Simple Solution For A Complex Problem

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 11, 2011 3:00 AM
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"if there’s one thing the file-sharing wars have taught us, it’s that there’s more profit in figuring out how to let honest people do the right thing than there is in chasing down cheapskates who don’t want to pay up – especially when the anti-cheapskate measures make life miserable for the honest cits," so says Cory Doctorow, and he's come up with an interesting way to encourage fan merch of On Demand Objects (ODO), while making life simpler & better from those that inspire the action (generally the copyright holder).

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