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

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by Chris Dorr
February 28, 2014 3:16 PM
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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.

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5 Comments

  • Milan | March 4, 2014 1:39 AMReply

    I'll do it.

  • STEVEN J. LENARD | March 2, 2014 10:50 AMReply

    LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING MY FILM GOING.
    ON BEING THE UNKNOWN SON OF JFK AND JUDITH CAMPBELL.
    ALSO DON'T FORGET THE CIA THE MAFIA AND THE FBI,
    IT'S SURE TO BE A BOX OFFICE HIT.

  • jason | March 2, 2014 12:47 AMReply

    Basing an article on anything Scott Macauley says immediately makes it definitely out of touch and probably wrong

  • Sujewa Ekanayake | March 1, 2014 4:35 PMReply

    :) This is actually not an accurate statement about the indie film world at present. Many filmmakers are engaged in marketing & distributing our own work at this point in time. Narrowing the focus down to just those films that are going to Sundance is silly. Sundance at this point in time is not really an independent film festival in any significant kind of way. See all of the well connected, large budget films that get programmed in without being submitted through the normal channel as an example. In both art/indie filmmaking & more commercial indie filmmaking, many filmmakers & companies are engaged in marketing & self distribution - many doc makers, hal hartely, troma films, & also, just from my own circle of filmmaker friends in NYC & myself - VAMP Bikers, Adrian Manzano's Sex, Love & Salsa, and my own Breakthrough Weekend are features that are actively engaged in self-distribution - using festivals, theatrical screenings, 1 week runs, etc this year. Also look at the many films that are raising funds for distribution work using the crowd funding sites. Both Filmmaker mag & Sundance cater to a very small, very well connected barely indie segment of the indie filmmaking world, thus, they are not representative of major practices in the indie film world (i do find both institutions very useful however). I'll have an interview with Adrian Monzano soon about his multi-state theatrical self distribution efforts.

  • Chris Dorr | March 3, 2014 10:25 AM

    Sujewa, thanks for your comment. You are right that many filmmakers are engaged in marketing their own work and finding their own audiences. I would argue that compared to the large number of filmmakers out there, it is a very small number. I would also argue that Sundance is still important for indie films--so something is wrong when such a small number of filmmakers headed to Sundance are reaching out to their audiences directly. As I state in my post (you need to click on the link to read the whole piece), there is no cycle of innovation in the indie film world at present that is getting scale--and that needs to change.

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