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Indie Film Lives, Thrives, Blossoms & Blooms!

Posted January 27, 2011 | 15:10:39 (EST)

It is no longer the dawn.  We are now officially in the new era of a Truly Free Film Culture.

Yes, the business of indie film is back.  The rapidity, volume, and consistency of deals blossoming ($30M and counting!) at Sundance should give...

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Piracy: (Some of) the Short and Long of It

Posted December 16, 2010 | 12:45:00 (EST)

Thankfully, Taylor Hackford recognizes that the film industry needs to wise up and educate itself on piracy. He and I agree on that. And I think we agree on the goal of it all, but I suspect we have completely different approaches to solving the problem.  And that is where...

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Brave Thinkers of Indie Film, 2010 Edition

Posted December 14, 2010 | 13:29:34 (EST)

We have a bit of a redundancy in the recognition of those that create good work, but that good work does not end with what is up on the screen -- which is the part that everyone seems to want to write about.  I feel, however, that we must recognize...

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We Must Defend the Rights of Artists Everywhere: Jafar Panahi's Defense

Posted November 23, 2010 | 16:42:59 (EST)

Last week Iranian Filmamaker Jafar Panahi had his trial in Teheran. He has not been allowed to make a film in five years. This post is Jafar Panahi's defense, his closing remarks, presented to the court of Iran.

Your Honor, I would like to present t my defense...
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How Can Indie Film Appeal to Alternative Youth Culture?

Posted September 23, 2010 | 13:54:51 (EST)

Sunday September 19th, as part of Independent Film Week, the IFP invited me to a "Cage Match" with Jeff Lipsky on Indie Film's relationship with youth culture.  The discussion was spurred on by a post of mine "Can Truly Free Film Appeal To Youth Culture ," and the robust...

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Twelve Thoughts on the Value of Cinema

Posted May 20, 2010 | 13:26:15 (EST)

Tops on my list of "75 Problems With The Film Industry These Days" was that there is no way to justify the price point for movie tickets. Which doesn't mean I am opposed to paying for them -- I do pay and I see...

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Why the Film Industry's 75 Problems Get My Attention

Posted May 13, 2010 | 12:53:05 (EST)

I wish it was as simple as aim high, be thoughtful, be ambitious, take some risks, and make a good movie.

I have looked at these 75 problems (yesterday's 38 + last year's list) because I have spent the last 20 years making 60 films. Each...

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38 Ways the Film Industry Is Failing Today

Posted May 10, 2010 | 18:09:18 (EST)

A year ago I wrote a blog post " 38 American Independent Film Problems/Concerns." Unfortunately, all of those problems I listed a year ago still stand today; four or so from that list have made some real headway, perhaps, but they certainly remain issues. Of more concern is...

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