During this Memorial Day Weekend, SnagFilms is donating $1 per “tweet” or “like” to support the nation’s army who served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan wars. A lot of men and women put their lives on the line every day to preserve our country’s peace and collaborate trying to find the best way to end the war. In this opportunity, social media is the tool to say thanks just by clicking this video.
I decided not to write the review, that could influence people to watch it. Since is our first time as online exhibitor, I would like to see how the world of mouth is going to play out here. But believe me, since August 2008 we're been trying to find a movie like this and a director willing to allow us to experiment, so Luis, we're very thankful to you for allow us to do the Internet World Premiere of "C@staways".
I hope you enjoy the film, leave your comments, good or bad, and recommend the film to your friends if you like it and to your enemies if you don't.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am still in shock for this magnificent idea, I'm still processing how a guerrilla film can open in thousands of screens outside the system, and the answer is right there in front of our eyes: the people.
I need to interview these guys, I'm working on that, but in the meantime you can watch the video or reading The Pitch.
With the platform of The Brave New Theaters (TBNT), you can become an exhibitor, you can host a film party for you and your 8 friends in your living room, or you can go to your closest library and ask the director if they would be interested in projecting a movie for the community around your neighborhood.
Well, a lot of people did that, actually more than 7,000 so far.
Right now, filmmakers have the chance to take destiny in their own hands thanks to this innovative way of distribution.
Stay tune I will bring more in depth information about TBNT soon.
Buddhist Filmmaker Sarah Fisher shared her journey of four years to finish Meditate and Destroy about the journey of author of Dharma Punx, Noah Levine whom after a self-destructive adolescence of criminal activity and substance abuse, now teaches the path of Buddhism. A documentary about punk rock, spirituality and inner rebellion.
After reading Noah's book Dharma Punx, she felt that she needed to tell that story, so she contacted him to explore the possibility of doing a documentary about him, his response was "I've a book release party next Friday, bring your camera".
Sarah talks about her struggle as a guerrilla filmmaker and how sometimes you need to have a tough resolve, proving yourself again and again, about her DIY distribution strategy, about her disappointment in the festivals and the new ways of distribution.
Listen the interview right here.
If you want to learn about future screenings or simply support the film (They still need to clear the music rights, and that cost money), there are different ways, you can pick your favorite, through their website, facebook group, myspace page, follow them through twitter
You're broke and can help? not a problem if you go to Meditate and Destroy profile in Our Stage and become a fan of the film, they'll receive $4 and you will receive a free pass to see the movie during the month of September! Learn how to do this properly.
Yesterday I was blogging about how the distribution and exhibition world is changing... today I'm using my little internet corner as a window of exhibition, isn't that fantastic?
In 1990 Whit Stillman debuted with his film Metropolitan, it wasn't easy to distribute at all. In a recent interview for indieWIRE Stillman shows his gratitude to everybody that make the limited distribution possible.
17 years later the films it's available, for a few weeks, to everyone that has access to a computer, so, put it in your hulu queue or just hit play up here.
Made for a reported $250,000, starring a full cast of young unknowns,
and consisting primarily of one long scene after another of rich kids
sitting in a palatial Upper East Side apartment discussing Jane Austen,
Charles Fourier, their mostly unfashionable morals and fears of
failure, while dressed in evening clothes, Metropolitan
played in theaters for seven months, eventually grossing $3 million and
earning Stillman an Oscar nomination (he lost to Bruce Joel Rubin, screenwriter of Ghost).