Archive for November, 2009

Business Model? What Business Model?

An unusually clear-headed evaluation of the problem of earning a living as a filmmaker. Juicy quotes: “…we are currently stuck in a limbo between distribution as it was and distribution as it will be. Online distribution is not based on the scarcity model of theatrical and television. This is good news for people wanting access […]

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How a Film Festival Can Get F****ed

This article shows many ways film festivals can lose booked films.  From distributors to lost prints to politics…many interesting cases here. It goes on to enumerate many other pitfalls.  If you ever even thought about running a film festival, this is a must-read. Link: Programming a Film Festival

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Theatrical Release Window collapses to 4 months in 2009

Pretty soon we’ll see films in theatres only if the theatre is a closer drive than the RedBox. Reel Time: The Incredible Shrinking Window for Movie Releases – Knowledge@Wharton.

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Pretentious Film Reviewer Skewered

There’s such a thing as too much Kool Aid. Commentary » Blog Archive » A New York Times Embarrassment That’s Not on the Front Page.

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CBS News and Fox News agree on Global Warming!

End-of-the-world cancelled! Film at 11. I won’t hold my carbon dioxide waiting for an apology for all the shameless chicken-littleing. CBS link: CBS Fox link: Fox

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Extreme Film Fest Fraud

Wow!  A a fascinating account of a film festival runner who defrauds everybody from filmmakers to the projectionist! This business does attract its fair share of scam artists but this one seems to have cut a major swath for seven years. Queens Chronicle – Film fest head a fraud, many say.

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Toronto Theatre for Independent Films closes

I like these  quotes: “I guess we’ll all be showing films out of a truck soon.” “You need to see live music, and in the same way, you need to see live movies.” via Curtain closes on The Carlton – EYE WEEKLY.

Independent Film Finance and Distribution

Universal Finally Opens the Vault with TCM

As did Warners recently, so does Universal making important films finally available with some having first-runs on TCM cable. via Hear That Creaking? Another Vault Opens

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Hollywood Creativity! 55 movie remakes in the queue

DO we really need remakes of Arthur, Meatballs, Conan, Westworld, Poltergeist? … the road goes ever on. I knew Hollywood was risk-averse and formulaic in the past, but this is ridiculous. The Birds? Logan’s Run? The Rocky Horror Picture Show??? Depressing link here: 55 movie remakes currently in the works

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‘Ink’ Producer Responds to Piracy

‘Ink’  was downloaded over 400,000 times in the last 2 weeks.  From zero to a kind of fame hat was elusive before.  BUT, there’s really no money in it. A very insightful piece via Film School Rejects.

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