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18 posts from September 2008

September 30, 2008

SCREWING HOLLYWOOD. Exclusive interview with Jim Gillian, creator of the Brave New Theaters

Brave New Theaters (BNT) is the first distribution company powered by you and your network. Yes, there's no misunderstanding: you have always dreamed about opening your film in hundreds of screens internationally right? Well, BNT can give you the tools that you need to make this happen, and thanks to the generosity of Jim Gillian, creator of this great initiative, those tools are totally FREE!

Incredible? Maybe, but it's a reality. When I asked Jim what's in it for him, he answered without any hesitation. "For me? oh! I just want to screw Hollywood," and he's doing it.   When nobody wanted to talk about the war in Iraq he decided to self promote Robert Greenwald's film Uncovered.  He reached activists all over the country, and people who were interested in watching the film.  The result: a broad self-distribution and The Brave New Theaters.

This experience was repeated a couple of years later when nobody in Hollywood wanted to distribute his film Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price.  Walmart owns 40% of DVD sales in America, and, obviously, Hollywood wouldn't dare get involved.  Taking matters into his own hands, Jim turned to The Brave New Theaters for distribution.  This decision definitely payed off, with Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price screened throughout America with its apogee at 7,000 screenings in a week.

This interview is pure dynamite, and will open your mind to a new reality. Enjoy it!

Additional information about the Brave New Theaters in the next page.

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September 28, 2008

PROJECTOR FOR UNDER $100 (It could be free if you have the components)

I just saw one of these fully operational, it was a great experience. Definitely creativity has no limits.

I asked for the source and here you have, an amazing projector.

You need a LCD Flat Screen that's not in use, if you don't have one you can find it easily in craigslist.org for $50 or less. Ebay is a good place to get a used one too. You will also need an Overhead Projector, again I just saw one in craigslist for $45.

Watch the video, it's really simple to build.

Now, after watching the video you might have some questions...

How do you get the  show on?.How do you power the screen?
When you take apart the monitor, you're only removing the external case and the display screen that captures the picture.When you place the guts on the overhead projector you still have all your component inputs and cords attached to the display. You just plug everything back in as you normally would.

Do I really need the fan?
The projector operates by using light from a bulb (bottom portion of projector) projected through an object and the reflection projected by a mirror (top portion) on to a surface. The light produced is hot enough to damage the LCD. Combine that with the heat the LCD is putting out means definite toast. An external cooling device is needed to prevent overheating.

September 27, 2008

PAUL NEWMAN DIED YESTERDAY at his home in Westport CT.

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A couple of months ago the legendary actor was given weeks to live, he only wanted to die at home. "Paul didn't want to die in the hospital," a source said. "Joanne and his daughters are beside themselves with grief."

Newman died Friday of cancer, spokeswoman Marni Tomljanovic said. No other details were immediately available.

His career was outstanding. Newman worked with some of the greatest directors of the past half century,  Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese and the Coen brothers, among many others. His co-stars included Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and, most famously, Robert Redford, his sidekick in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "The Sting."

He will be missed.


September 24, 2008

IFP FILM WEEK COVERING: Connect with your Audience. Exclusive Interview with Charles Choi & Tom Hicks, Founders of caachi.com

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Charles Choi and Tom Hicks are entrepreneurs with a background in computer engineering, radio and theater.

About a little more than a year ago they launched caachi.com a place that allows independent filmmakers to sell their undistributed films to a wider audience.

Now, what makes caachi different from any other online distributor?, something called the Vidget, a video widget that allows, pretty much everybody to become a sales agent for any good film.

Let's face it, for years we had been watching short films for free on youtube, after some of those films you totally feel that you would be willing to pay something because the film was really good, right?, in the other hand there's a lot of horrible pieces, you feel they owe you money for the waste of time. Now with the Vidget you can avoid those terrible films, you just see which films your friends are supporting, you know your friends' taste, so if they are displaying the Vidget of any particular film is because that film is interesting! you can even ask them if is worth to buy... so you buy it, you loved it and you display the Vidget of that film too. You become part of that filmmaker's audience while you see something that make you happy, everybody wins! Plain and simple, is digital word of mouth or another form of viral marketing. Do you want to know how the Vidget would save independent filmmaking?

In this interview we talked about the future, and the future is to cut the middle man (The Big Distributors) and take the wheel of your success getting directly to your audience, well, caachi is a great way to start building that audience.

The Mini Interview

September 22, 2008

LIVING THE DREAM: Exclusive interview with Scilla Andreen, CEO of IndieFlix

Indieflix_logo_vector_4 Scilla Andreen is a mother, a filmmaker, CEO of IndieFlix.com and an active member of her Seattle community. Yes, in that order, that’s how I figured she’s a good mother, she put that title first: Mother.

But let’s talk about a broad meaning, we’re talking about a person that treats every project as a baby, she nurtures it, feeds it, watches it grow and then feels proud of it. IndieFlix is 4 years old and as Mozart did, is making the difference since the early years. It’s not only a distribution company it’s a distribution experience.

She’s very passionate about her life at this moment, she sounds really happy and she’s decided, along with her partner Carlo Scandiuzzi, to make IndieFlix the link between the independent filmmaker and their audience. They recently announced their deal with all the major online distributors such iTunes, Netflix, Joost, Hulu, Vudu & Tivo.

This is a long interview, almost an hour, but every second is worthy. We talked about numbers, pay-per-view streaming, DVD Distribution, Digital Distribution, Non Exclusive Rights and her latest adventure IndieFest, among many other things.

The Interview.

September 19, 2008

IFP FILM WEEK COVERING: The Digital Numbers Revealed. Exclusive Interview with Joe Swanberg, Filmmaker.

Joe has 27 years old and five feature films done! All of them for less than $25,000, and listen carefully, is not $25,000 each one, but all of them.

The first two films were seen in the Festival Circuit and they got distribution on DVD, the last three had their run in the festival as well and were picked up for theatrical release, the trailer that precede this entry is from Nights and Weekends, his most recent film that co-directed with a frequent collaborator and one of the favorites actors in the guerrilla film community Greta Gerwig, the movie will be premiered by IFC in NYC on October 10th.

Joe is a clever guy, you can see it right away. He's what I call a right eye user, a person with the ability to see life in a different dimension through a constant viewfinder. That's how, I think,  he's being able to produce that massive amount of material in three years. Did I mention he also have a couple of web series around?

He talks to you and me, not as a target in a conglomerated of marketing strategy, but to you and me. His films are totally natural, you almost feel like you're hanging out with the characters. Which is a warm experience.

In this Mini Interview, he shares the unshearable. True numbers about how much money you can make as a guerrilla filmmaker through Digital Distribution today.

The Mini Interview

Fore more information about Joe you can visit his website.

September 18, 2008

IFP FILM WEEK COVERING: Independent Filmmaking it's alive and kicking. Exclusive Interview with Eugene Hernandez, Editor in Chief of IndieWIRE

Eugene Eugene transpires independent films, it's just under his skin. In the last month he's being traveling a lot, as usual I guess. I don't know if you think like me, but a plane it's the perfect environment to think about virtually everything or about nothing, well I can tell you Eugene's thoughts had been about independent filmmaking, the guy was just in the top of all my question without any hesitation.

This is a Mini Interview so I don't want to spoil it but he talked about the next Guerrilla Film to watch: Medicine for Melancholy by Barry Jenkins. Told us how technology it's a part of the new changes but creativity is still the key, and as a closure he shared with us how he doesn't believe in mainstream media when they say Independent  filmmaking is dying, he just live every day (in film festivals, meeting with filmmakers, in indie film conferences thorough indieWIRE) the truth,  indie films always are going to be there.

The Mini Interview

IFP FILM WEEK COVERING: DIY Theatrical Distribution

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  • As audiences for films become more segmented, how can filmmakers work directly with art house and alternative venue programmers to showcase their latest content and bring audience back to the theatres? This session will bring together DIY filmmakers and programmers to discuss what works best to market, position and program independents films in art house theatres and alternative venues to maximize financial impact for both parties.

"The old model is broken, but it's still in place and the new model it's not fully functional" this was the conclusion of Wendy Lidell, president of International Film Circuit, in other words, we're in a moment of transition where the filmmaker, specially the guerrilla filmmaker, it's in absolute control, because the studio executives and the indie filmmakers don't know how to confront the new model, but for us nothing has changed, on the contrary, we have more resources.

The panelists: Karen Cooper, Director of the Film Forum, Ned Hinkle, Director of the Brattle Theater, Cynthia Swartz partner of 42 West PR and Cora Olson, Filmmaker. Brilliantly moderated by Mark Elijah, Founder of Rooftop Films.

Highlights of the panel down here

September 17, 2008

IFP FILM WEEK COVERING: No Budget, No Problem

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  • How can filmmakers utilize new technologies to get their next project budgeted, developed and completed for less time and money? Hear how filmmakers around the world are actively using new technologies and innovative cross platform collaboration for creative and financial gain to get their big ideas with small budgets off the ground and out to global audiences.

My favorite quote from the panel was "Technology is no substitute for craft" by Bryan Poyser, the rest of the panel was conformed by Barry Jenkins, Todd Rohal and Melissa Scaramucci, it was moderated by Gabe Wardell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Film Festival.

All the filmmakers agreed that the best way to start is starting! Bryan Jenkins said "Film is like a sport, you need to train to be good, and the only way to train is making films".

Funny how this entry is totally in the same line of yesterday's interview.

Here the highlights of the conference, boost the volume, I was kinda far.

September 16, 2008

WATCH FREE MOVIES ON IMDB

IMdb.com is joining the club of online exhibitors. Right now they have over 90 independent short films available, do you want to submit your film? click here.