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February 27 at 8:30am

Dept. Of The Obvious: The Film Biz Has No Gender Equality

That lack of gender equality in the film business has been clear for so long.  A lot has been written about it, and a lot more shall.  Like so much, it is a problem for everyone, not just whom it effects most.  It is all one world after all.

For a long time, white people did not accept that [...]


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February 23 at 10:30am

The SFIFF Is Now An OSCAR Qualifying Fest Three Times Over

The San Francisco International film Festival has been chosen as an Academy-Award qualifying festival in the Documentary Short Subject category. Now we have three shorts categories as Academy Award qualifiers – Narrative, Doc and Animation.

Short documentaries of [...]


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February 10 at 1:15pm

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

Let’s say you are one of the biggest corporations in the universe, and you own the most successful company in a particular sector, and they in turn own one of the most popular purveyors of a particular type of product; and, well, in some ways there is no denying that each of you are revolutionary.  Between the three of you, you have provided an unprecedented structure that allows anyone to reach virtually everyone at what appears — on first blush — to be no cost, or at least very little.  On top of that, you give people a way to actually make a few cents on what they love doing anyway (pennies for your passion, pennies for your passion — we don’t even need a rallying cry in this world of win win).  Does this alleviate the need to work ethically or even just the need to do the right thing?

Not sure what I am writing about?  Well….   If you haven’t yet read or heard about the contracts that Machinima, Maker Studios, and other YouTube partners have evidently demanded their makers sign, you might want to.  

But be warned this knowledge may cause harmful [...]


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February 4 at 9:36am

Replace “Journalist/Journalism” With: “Filmmaker/Filmmaking”

Reading this post by Jay Rosen in PressThink this morning, it sure is clear the Film Biz is besieged with many  of the same problems and misconceptions as Journalism is.  My thoughts below are a reflection through my lens of what Rosen wrote on his site:

Good stories are built on commitment & focus — which is very hard to do when you have to do something else to earn a living.  We can’t just rely on each [...]


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