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How Most Indie Filmmakers Are Stunting the Growth of Their Own Films

Thompson on Hollywood By Chris Dorr | Thompson on Hollywood February 28, 2014 at 3:16PM

It is almost a cliché it is so true. The Internet changes every part of the media world. There are no exceptions. I have come to the conclusion that there are two groups of people within the media world. Those who deny the change and those who acknowledge it. (Sort of like the climate.) Yes, it is that simple and that stark.
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It is almost a cliché it is so true. The Internet changes every part of the media world. There are no exceptions. I have come to the conclusion that there are two groups of people within the media world. Those who deny the change and those who acknowledge it.  (Sort of like the climate.) Yes, it is that simple and that stark.

In the indie film world, the deniers are winning.

I just had a great conversation with Scott Macaulay on his recent blog post on copyright. We both brought up Indie Game The Movie.  This film is the model for anyone who wishes to use the Internet to finance, market and distribute an indie movie. Any independent filmmaker can adopt the model. 

Sadly, few are doing so.

Scott refers to the movie’s producers:

“We ran a story in last year’s Winter issue detailing how they did what they did and in my Editor’s letter I encouraged people to do the same… A year later, I decided to write an article extolling all the people who were following their approach… and, crickets. I started early, reached out to people, contacted Sundance to see who the big self-distributing DIYers at the festival were. And came up with hardly anyone.”

Read of the rest of this article at Digital Dorr.

This article is related to: Features, Digital Future


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.