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Sundance Exclusive: Calderon Talks Digital Indie Challenges

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 20, 2010 at 11:22AM

As the Sundance Film Festival gets under way, issues of getting indie films out into the marketplace are front and center.
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Thompson on Hollywood

As the Sundance Film Festival gets under way, issues of getting indie films out into the marketplace are front and center.

In this exclusive 17-minute video (on the jump), Cinema Tech digital guru Scott Kirsner interviews Sundance founding vet Ian Calderon, who is digital ringmaster at the subterranean New Frontier on Main. Kirsner and Calderon talk about the challenges and opportunities that "digital content everywhere" poses for independent filmmakers, whether 3-D will impact independent film, Twitter, special events presented at digital cinemas (like opera and sports) and how tough it is these days to break through the marketplace noise, whether you are submitting to Sundance or uploading to YouTube.

This video is part of a series Kirsner continues to do as an off-shoot of The Conversation (an event held in 2008 in San Francisco, and happening in March 2010 in New York), including this one with hybrid distribution missionary Peter Broderick.

New Directions for Independent Cinema: Ian Calderon from Scott Kirsner on Vimeo.

This article is related to: Festivals, Indies, Sundance


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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.