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Jeff Orgill on "Anatomy of a Prescreen Launch"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 18, 2011 8:30 AM
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Back in August SherI Candler introduced us to the new curating and distribution service here.

David Fine on "More Thoughts On Crowdfunding Campaigns"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 16, 2011 12:30 PM
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This past week, we've had a lot of input from filmmakers who have used the IndieGoGo crowdfunding platform. Filmmakers have been sharing techniques and best practices on what made their campaigns a success. It's a practice we hope will continue for all filmmakers, across all platforms, utilizing a wide range of tools. Let's figure this out, together.

K Lorrel Manning & Michael Cuomo on "Riding The CrowdFunding Train To SXSW"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 15, 2011 12:30 PM
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We all one know how to do more with the very little we have. This is the year the indie film world turned to each other for help. And people responded. It is so exciting that we are working together to get the work done. Indie / Truly Free Film has never been more of a community!In just the first half of this year, eleven films that raised money on IndieGoGo appeared in the world’s leading film festivals. From Tribeca to Sundance, intrepid filmmakers learned the ropes about what it takes to make a splash in these festivals. This is the first in a series of posts are from the teams behind some of these films. --Adam Chapnick, IndieGoGo

Adam Chapnick on "IndieGoGo Films Showcased at World-Class Festivals in 2011"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 12, 2011 12:30 PM
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Google became a verb several years ago. In the Indie / Truly Free Film space we are close to verb-izing another company. But just like all tissues are not Kleenex, there are many crowdfunding platforms out there, and it is worth not forgetting that. Find the platform that works best for your film, as there are plusses and minuses on everything.Today Adam Chanpick speaks of the films (and some of the benefits) of crowdfunding platform IndieGoGo.

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.

Jon Reiss on "What Are A Producer of Marketing And Distribution's Responsibilities?" Part 2 of 2

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 1, 2011 12:30 PM
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Yesterday, Jon Reiss explained why indie films need a "PMD" -- and if words don't work for you -- just look at Tuesday's list of all the new tools and services available that we can't afford to miss. Today, Jon takes it further, and tries to lay out the job description for both experienced and aspiring marketing & distribution collaborators.

Jon Reiss on "Why A Producer of Marketing And Distribution?" Part 1

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 31, 2011 12:30 PM
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Yesterday's HFF post on the plethora of new platforms & options for truly free filmmakers should have made you leap for joy and run for the cliff simultaneously. It is wonderful that filmmakers have SO many great tools and services at their disposal. But how does anyone take advantage of this situation. The choice is overwhelming. Sure the rewards could be great -- but so is the risk. Well, the answer, my friend, is... best explained by Jon Reiss.

How Does Everyone Expect Filmmakers To Promote Movies?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 23, 2011 12:30 PM
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Filmmakers know that Indie Films are sold on their back. Filmmakers know that it benefits their films and their careers to promote their movies. Filmmakers also recognize that they spend on the average two years developing their films, generally unpaid. And filmmakers also realize they are asked to spend eighteen months to two years promoting and publicizing their films, ALSO UNPAID.

"Not Dead Yet" Jon Reiss on The Tremendous Rise Of The PMD

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 16, 2011 12:44 PM
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I posted my query last week whether we could truly build a class of TrulyFree / Indie marketing & distribution experts. Many people believe this can happen naturally. I think we need a unified industry effort to make this happen at the speed the all the great movies being generated these days need. Some beg to differ... Yet, DIY/DIWO "guru" Jon Reiss has been witness to many of the efforts from this new breed, dubbed PMDs. Although, he and I agree on the need, we disagree on the term (but why squabble over semantics?). People need their films to connect with audiences. Audiences need to connect with each other, and films are a wonderful way to accomplish this. Can we hope that the market and filmmaker need & desire will solve our needs? Or do we need an intervention to solve this crisis? Jon has a front row seat to all that is happening, and today shares his observations.
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