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How to Follow Strangers: An Indie That Marches to Its Own Beat

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

I have a soft spot for indie films about characters in their twenties who are trying to make sense of their lives. But this is a bit different.

Opportunities Abound at the American Film Market

Michael Rose | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Rose

The good news from mostly upbeat panelists was that money is loosening up and the trauma of the global economic collapse seems to be over.

Future of Film: What Is a Movie's Sell-By Date?

Tribeca | Posted 10.30.2012 | Entertainment
Tribeca

What is a movie's sell-by date? Studios give tremendous care to the timing of a release date, taking into account competitive films, holidays, market analysis, and executive instincts above my paygrade.

Future of Film: As Hollywood Shifts, Are Paradigms Colliding?

Tribeca | Posted 09.19.2012 | Entertainment
Tribeca

Hollywood's appetite for adaptations, remakes and sequels is growing. But the absence of mid-budget films from lists of the world's highest-grossing films indicates that Hollywood's model is changing.

Silicon Valley Ready To Occupy Hollywood

Gina Hall | Posted 01.18.2012 | Los Angeles
Gina Hall

They're going to take over. If you want to suss one out, you have to listen for them. Instead of pitching ideas for pilots and features, they're hyping their next iPad app, social media site, mobile game or distribution platform.

Studying the Economics of Independent Film: A Proposal

Josh Welsh | Posted 12.22.2011 | Los Angeles
Josh Welsh

While it's obviously true that it's hard for many independent filmmakers to sustain a career doing what they love, it is simply false that there's no money in independent film.

Silent Bob Strikes Back

Tribeca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tribeca

This week at Sundance, director Kevin Smith stuck it to the studios and bought his own flick for $20. Indie-filmmaking 2.0? You be the judge.

Distribution University

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Abe Schwartz

It feels like, with distribution, it's all moving forward, but the constant "2 steps forward, 1 step back" can be nerve-wracking and certainly humbling.

AFM Digested

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

Recently I attended my first American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, CA. I'd never been to anything quite like AFM, the meeting place for the Amer...

A "Bad Batch" of Pot Brownies in LA, Online

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

In movies, marijuana is depicted either a hilarious holy grail or a gateway to harder, darker substances.

Can Crowd Funding Help "Seize the Power"?

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Abe Schwartz

Crowd funding is a tremendous marketing tool, but that's really what it is: a tool. If we go in with any sense of entitlement, lack of follow-through, or weakness, crowd funding will probably not enable us to "seize the power."

Anyone Can Be a (DIY) Producer: Part 3

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

If you really want to make features, just do it. Make one within your means right now, and accept that even once you're done your first, you're still a rookie in the game.

Anyone Can Be a Producer: Part 2

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

More and more people are watching content on mobile devices. If your film doesn't need to play in a large theater with surround sound, why not get people watching on their phones?

Will 3-D Kill the Indie Film?

Jeff Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jeff Steele

indie films are competing for distribution and exhibition screens with big budget studio movies and those movies are benefiting from nifty advances in technology; primarily, innovations in 3-D.

Indie Filmmaking Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

I wrote the first draft script forBad Batch, my first feature, about 3 years ago. I joined a writer's group in which the challenge was to write a full screenplay in 2 weeks. This got my ass in gear to write something I knew I eventually would want to direct on a tight budget.

Re-Connecting Audiences and Filmmakers, Part 2

Jon Reiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Reiss

If you are not already doing so, please support content by paying for it in some way. Buy a DVD, buy a t-shirt, contribute to a film's tip jar, or pay for a download.

A Christmas (and Hanukah) List to Help Save Independent Film

Jon Reiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Reiss

it is more possible than ever for audiences to connect directly with independent filmmakers, so his list is to introduce 10 gifts that you can give for Christmas to help support independent film.

Re-Connecting Audiences and Filmmakers, Part 1

Jon Reiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Reiss

There are networks of digital street teams in the music world so that fans can earn swag and back stage passes by how much social networking and promotion they do for the bands. Why not apply this model to film?

The Age of Stupid Is the Future of Film

Jon Reiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Reiss

The hardworking folks at The Age of Stupid have done with limited means what corporations spend millions of dollars trying to do: create a world wide cinematic event.

Cassian Elwes: Future of Independent Film "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"

Paige Donner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Paige Donner

Mark Gill, former head of Warner Independent, one of the recent casualties of independent film's radically changing landscape, explained: "The world is falling apart in independent cinema."