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Sheffield Rock Docs: The Beat is the Law, Taqwacore

Sheffield Rock Docs: The Beat is the Law, Taqwacore
Critic Karina Longworth continues her coverage of Doc/Fest in Sheffield with reviews of music docs The Beat is the Law Part One and Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam.
  • By Karina Longworth
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  • November 8, 2009 1:14 AM
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Festival Report: Cinema Eye Rolls With Docs

Festival Report: Cinema Eye Rolls With Docs
Critic Karina Longworth reports on the Cinema Eye nominations from the Doc/Fest in Sheffield, England:
  • By Karina Longworth
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  • November 7, 2009 2:53 AM
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Paranormal Activity is User Generated Content!

In this fourth installment from frequent guest blogger Chris Dorr, he tries to make sense of what Paramount's innovative viral campaign for Paranormal Activity really means going forward:
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • October 29, 2009 1:26 AM
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Is Twitter a Marketing Tool?

Digital marketer Chris Dorr continues his informative exploration of the field with an essay explaining the many uses of Twitter. His use of the service is very close to mine, though I suspect I re-tweet more than he does. It is essential for me to check into my followers several times a day. They will let me know what's going on in the world quicker than anyone else. Later I check my re-tweets on my Twitter Profile and often add them to my Daily Reads--just in case you aren't following me @akstanwyck.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • October 14, 2009 7:13 AM
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Four Ways to Build a New Open Infrastructure

Digital pioneer Lance Weiler joins the fray with a modest proposal for how the film industry should embrace innovation as it faces the digital future:
  • By Lance Weiler
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  • October 9, 2009 3:42 AM
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Who is Zoe Keating and Why Should Indie Filmmakers Care?

Who is Zoe Keating and Why Should Indie Filmmakers Care?
New York-based digital consultant Chris Dorr and I had a lively phone conversation Thursday about how independent filmmakers should exploit the internet. He got off the phone and wrote this essay.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • October 2, 2009 9:50 AM
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Reviews: Surrogates, Capitalism: A Love Story, Coco Before Chanel

Reviews: Surrogates, Capitalism: A Love Story, Coco Before Chanel
Leonard Maltin reviews three new movies opening this week:
  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 25, 2009 4:02 AM
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Redbox Analysis: Kiosks vs. Studios

Redbox Analysis: Kiosks vs. Studios
In the second of an ongoing series of guest columns, ex-LA Times and Variety writer Diane Garrett (now at Consumed by Media) analyzes the ongoing Redbox $1 kiosk wars with insight from years of home video industry-watching. Just how did the mighty studios find themselves in court with this upstart DVD rental outfit? Garrett explains.
  • By Diane Garrett
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  • August 24, 2009 5:55 AM
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Letter to the Studios: How Not to Market Adult Dramas

Here's the first of a series of pieces (which do not necessarily reflect my POV) by guest bloggers on various aspects of the entertainment industry. Now based in Nampa, Idaho, Mike Kaplan is a veteran filmmaker (Never Apologize) and marketer who has managed campaigns for Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey) and Robert Altman (Short Cuts) among others. More recently, please note, Kaplan helped to introduce Clive Owen to American audiences with the sleeper hit Croupier and You'll Sleep When I'm Dead. Here's his argument for how the studios are killing adult dramas--through misguided marketing. Kaplan came up in a film industry that made producing and marketing films for grown-ups its first priority. That is no longer the case.
  • By Mike Kaplan
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  • August 5, 2009 9:34 AM
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