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  • CinemaKC Features My First Short

    http://ereview.org/2011/06/24/wichita-tallgrass-best-shorts/
  • A Message From Abe Schwartz (Not For The Faint of Heart)

    These days, nearly everyone has the means to produce video content now and distribute. You can shoot top-quality HD video on a DSLR camera. You can edit on your laptop and then load onto YouTube, where your content will be available for the whole world to see in a matter of minutes. What does thi...
  • John Farr's Message To Hollywood -- Stupid Blockbusters Are, At Their Heart, Still Stupid

    No doubt about it: this is a frustrating time to be a movie lover of a certain age and outlook. It seems increasingly evident that Hollywood has been taken over by people who know and care very little about the movies themselves, but who live to target and promote formulaic, forgettable pap to an...
  • The Hermitic Life of a Film Festival Programmer - Part 6 (I think)

    Here's programmers from several different festivals talking about what makes them love or hate the films they program. Following courtesy of filmfestivalsecrets.com: This isn’t a trend but it is something that happened to me this past year which I totally disapprove of. Do not have a contest o...
  • The Hermitic Life of a Film Festival Programmer - Part 2 Redux

    Adam T writes on the WAB message boards: Hello, I have recently completed a documentary short entitled “La Quinceañera” which has a run time of 42 minutes. This felt like the best length for the film but I wanted to get some opinions from festival Programers on how they view a film of this length? ...
  • The World As We Know It Is Over! indieWIRE's 10 Insights into the Biz

    “The way we operate is being dissected and reassembled in front of our eyes,” noted Endgame’s James D. Stern in a keynote speech at the Los Angeles Film Festival over the weekend (which was published in its entirety by indieWIRE). Later that day, a panel of key industry players gathered at the fest’...
  • The Hermetic Life Of A Film Festival Programmer -- Part 4

    (Names have been withheld to protect the identities of programmers and filmmakers alike) OY, GEVAULT! So, it's been a few days since the group screening for one of our most popular programs, the Tim Gruver Spotlight On Kansas Filmmakers section of the film festival.  We had our programmers' meeting ...
  • "I Will Not Read Your F**king Script" By Josh Olson

    There has been an enormous amount of buzz surrounding Josh Olson's latest rant in the Village Voice.  Some love it.  Some hate it.  Here it is in its original format.  And [link="http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/09/i_will_not_read.php"]here is the original link[/link].  Great...
  • The Hermitic Life Of A Film Festival Programmer -- Part 3

    Making your movie is only half the battle!  Now you've got to get it in front of audiences.  Unless you have a powerhouse publicist and a stable of agents working for you, the film festival route is where you're headed.  But how do you get in, and what's the process all about?  This is a trailer for...
  • The Hermetic Life Of A Film Festival Programmer -- Part 2

    [link="http://tallgrassfilmfest.com/"]Join Us For The 7th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival This October![/link] So, I just got back from a programming meeting a couple of hours ago.  Like most festivals, we do a lot of catering to our local professionals because local sponsors like to see that and be...
  • The Hermetic Life Of The Film Festival Programmer -- Part 1

    Sundance.  TriBeCa.  Cannes.  Toronto.  How do the movies we know and love so much get into festivals like this?  Politics.  The studios make "indie" films, now really just a budget status than the spirit of what independent filmmaking used to be.  But what about all those other festivals that e...
  • "Hollywood Goes Haywire" -- National Law Journal

    HOLLYWOOD GOES HAYWIRE Talent boutiques have proliferated, but the deals are drying up By Amanda Bronstad National Law Journal, 27 July 2009 So much for a Hollywood ending.  The economic recession has hit the most escapist of industries as deals for actors, musicians, directors and other talent in t...
  • Bright Lights, Big City

    Going to be in New York City July 7 - 11.  Looking for cool things to do (film-wise).  Anybody gots anything righteously awesome in the goings on of their life?
  • Screenplays -- What's Selling?

    So, for those of you interested in what's selling these days, here's a couple of low budget and no budget alternatives to a lifetime subscription to Variety or Hollywood Reporter: [link="http://www.donedealpro.com"]Done Deal Pro[/link] [link="http://tracking-board.com/"]The Tracking Board[/link] Bot...
  • I Need My Death Star!

    So, for those of you who read me (that's only a little creepy.  ESP'ers, stay the hell away from me!  I don't need you in my dirty thoughts!), you know that I am involved with the [link="http://tallgrassfilmfest.com/"]Tallgrass Film Festival[/link] and the [link="http://www.myspace.com/wichitamotion...
  • Stupid Pet Tricks -- The Final Cut Pro Gambit

    So, as I was browsing the classifieds on a couple of my other favorite sites dedicated to the Dickensian chore of finding work in this global financial quagmire, I find myself continually stumbling across the exact same problem.  Lately, I've been working on editing -- not post-FX, not post-sound, n...
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  • Stupid Pet Tricks - Directors Hate

    Oy, gevault!  So, I just finished up school for the year and I've been roped into a few different projects.  One of them is an ongoing series of videos I'm doing for one of my professors.  He does motivational speaking, political commentary and consulting and has been putting his website together an...
  • Fun Is Where The Pirates Are

    Haven't blogged in a while, it's late, and I have work early in the morning.  Figured I'd create a list of fun, funky foreign movies that you should really check out.  They're not all "Amelie," but they are pretty cool.1. Cool (Netherlands)2. Brice de Nice (France)3. Advertising Rules! (Germany)4. L...
  • Stupid Pet Tricks - The Road To Hell Is Paved With The Intent To Submit To Festivals

    I love how the newest fad for getting people to act in or crew independent movies is to release a line in the vein of "we intend to submit this film to all major festivals/Sundance/TriBeCa/etc."  Check out craigslist.com or mandy.com if you don't know what I'm talking about.  If you're making a movi...
  • Looking For Work?

    If you are looking for work, here are a few sites that advertise for production companies and jobs in the industry all over the country and throughout the world:[link="http://www.mandy.com"]Mandy.com[/link][link="http://www.craigslist.com"]Craigslist[/link][link="http://www.entertainmentjobs.com"]En...