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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Real indie films are films made & distributed for under $100,000

That's a good place to draw the line I think - at this point in time, in the US.

- $0 - $100,000 budget TOTAL for both production & distribution
(that $100K is for production & the first 6 months - 1 year of distribution related expenses, after that, less than $100K a year in distribution & related expenses could work as a good dividing line for what's indie and what's not)
(self-distribution by the filmmaker is ALWAYS more indie than selling the distribution rights and work to another entity)

- not made/produced by a Hollywood studio, or a TV network, or cable, etc (but let's say a large company - from entertainment world or otherwise - could have a 40% or less interest in the project - that much invested in the project $s wise, but all final production & distribution decisions resting w/ the filmmaker/director

- as long as the above two criteria are met, the films could star known actors (if they wish to work at the above mentioned budget level, etc) and the films could still be considered indie
(however, films with unknown actors are a bigger gamble, a greater risk, and are thus more indie)

- indie film is more art or art/entertainment than other movies - entertainment products created for profit

- a single artist (the director) or a few artists (screenwriter, director, cinematographer, editor, an actor, etc) are the main creative and business driving force behind an indie film.  Other films - Hollywood, indiewood, etc are primarily driven by producers, exec producers, distributors, agents, etc

- and it's totally cool to make a $0 budget indie film and self-distribute it on Vimeo or make a $500 million budget Hollywood film and distribute it to 3,000 movie theaters - it's all good, it's all filmmaking & distribution.  it's up to each artist/filmmaker to decide what kind of story they want to tell, what kind of resources are necessary and what kind of distribution and profit concerns may be best for the project.

- all that said, indie films are still better/more interesting/more praise worthy projects (not considering what's on the screen) than Hollywood, indiewood, etc films because they are more of an adventure, more of a gamble/more risky, and are more works of art than business enterprises :)
-- and a film that's both indie and is creatively excellent (what's on the screen being awesome) - that's a winner!
(specially if a self-distributing filmmaker can find a way to make their indie project profitable, and or get it out to a lot of people or a significant % of the target audience - in that case, a double or triple win!)

[--- good luck to all indie & other filmmakers in this new year in getting awesome work done & out!]

- S

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Convo re: indie filmmakers receiving a % of ticket sales from film festival screenings continues at Indiewire


Read the recent 3rd article about this matter here.

- S

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lack of Indie Spirit - HuffPost Live discussion re: Spirt Awards





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A blog by an Italian political reformer.  Check it out.

- S

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Independent Spirit Awards 2013 Nominees


Check out the list at this ABC News page.

Official website for the event here.

IFC is showing the awards show tonight.

- S

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Buffalo Boys Kickstarter project

The indie film Buffalo Boys has a new Kickstarter project happening to help with distribution related expenses.  Check out the trailer below & support the project!



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I'mAnEP blog

Check out James Belfer's I'mAnEP blog - about his adventures as an indie film executive producer.

- S

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NO looks good

From Salon:

"On one level “No” is an inspiring tale of peaceful liberation, self-determination and the fundamental clash between optimism and pessimism. On another, it’s a darker and more complex fable about the birth of the media age and the rise of the neoliberal consensus that conceived of all humanity as a market, which swept up Chileans on all sides along with everybody else."

Read the rest here.

NO trailer:




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Monday, February 18, 2013

Brooklyn's Dogfish Pictures wants to train indie film producers, provide funding


Read all about it here.

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Links to 100+ indie film blogs (from 2009, needs to be updated)

I miss the old indieWIRE blogs pages (2006 - 2008 or so) - where there was a bigger focus on indie films, created through a collection of indie film focused blogs.  And Facebook doesn't quite work as a replacement.  Twitter is too short (individual tweets) and too large (at the moment, I need to search for best indie film focused Twitter pages) and also most of the info is not on one page (requires clicking on a link from one account, then going to another account/page for another link, etc - maybe there is a way around that, will look).  So something new has to be created for me to get a ton of indie film news daily.  This might be a starting point, a list of 100+ indie film related blogs that I created for my doc Indie Film Blogger Road Trip back in 2009.  Let's see how many of these blogs are still active, and let's see what new blogs need to be added to this list.  If you write an indie film focused blog, leave a link in comments.  I may create a publicly accessible blog reader page type (headlines & latest stories) blog for indie film related blogs soon (that's a lot of use of the word blog there :).  OK, the old list:


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INDIE FILMS BLOGS & BLOGESQUE SITES - A LINKS LIST
a work in progress from late december 2008 to mid january 2009
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1- Action! Jackson
32- Cynematik
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45 - eugonline
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46 -Film Essent
85-King Blog

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99-100 Films
103 -Out of Focus
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109- Reel Artsy
110- The Reeler

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130 -Week of Wonders
OTHER - New blogs, & or mostly Hollywood stuff/some indie stuff blogs, etc. - not counted in the indie film blogs list above, but linked (might be of interest to people interested in indie film blogs):



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Essay link: The Influence of Art and Performance on the Rise of American Independent Cinema

Interesting essay by Tom Tenney, check it out:
 

The Influence of Art and Performance on the Rise of American Independent Cinema


- S

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

New Film Festival - The Lumbee River Independent, happening 4/11 at UNC Pembroke

Here's the press release re: the new fest The Lumbee River Independent Film Festival.

Fest is accepting submissions now, early deadline is March 18, get all of the info at the press release.

Also check out the fest's Facebook page & Twitter page for more info & updates.



- S

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Post about Breakthrough Weekend inspirations - Quiet City, Down By Law, Drugstore Cowboy, Midnight Cowboy, Manhattan, w/ trailers & a clip


Check out the post here, at Breakthrough Weekend's blog.

- S

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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The First 40 at jonasmekasfilms.com

See 40 short films Jonas Mekas created as an introduction to his work, for the new generation, at site jonasmekasfilms.com.  The intro to the project:

"The cycle of FIRST FORTY I made in late 2006 as an introduction to my work for my new, Internet audience. All of them are based on my earlier films but slightly, sometimes more than slightly, changed. I consider them works complete in themselves, seperate from the main body of my film work."


Visit the page here.

- S

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