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June 29 at 8:02pm

The Academy Is Indie Friendly

I got some pleasure and many smiles seeing many indie types and indie friends on this list.  It is a record number.

This is their Press Release, naming the names.
 
ACADEMY INVITES 276 TO MEMBERSHIP [...]


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June 29 at 10:10am

What Can Film Biz Learn From The Fashion Industry?

The Fashion Industry has no copyright protection on design (only on trademarks). And their revenues are colossal. #JustSaying

This is a great lecture by Johanna Blakely and totally worth thinking about.


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June 10 at 3:00pm

Can You Save A Small Town Cinema?

I received this letter this weekend.  I don’t know the cinema, but it looks real nice.  I don’t know the letter writer, but I sympathize with his plight. “Public Cinema” sounds like it was a great program and will be a shame to be lost.  There are always many sides to any story, but this does sound like a tragic tale. Here’s Hope hoping for a happy ending.

Dear Mr. Hope, 

I am sending this letter to you as the Founding Board Member of the Sixth Street Cinema, a very small art cinema and media arts center in the town of Mariposa, just outside Yosemite National Park. Our cinema has been a beacon for American independent film and world cinema for nearly sixteen years, and has acted as such in the most unlikely of places – a small, mostly low-income, rural community, often a three-hour drive from any similar programming. Since 1996, we have occupied the second floor of an historic Masonic Hall that we converted to screen films, and filled the very important role of being the town’s only cinema. Before 1996, there hadn’t been a cinema in Mariposa since the fifties. [...]


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June 8 at 11:00am

The Film Biz Must Face Reality

Maybe it comes from recognizing depressing stories don’t generally perform well at the box office, but the film industry remains infected with positive thinking. I certainly enjoy seeing a happy face in the morning, but I still prefer to face the truth. As one who has always enjoyed the dark side of tale telling, I have had to confront the industry’s preference for positive messaging and aesthetic in my practice for several decades now. It was the industry’s wholesale indifference to the fallacy of the entire enterprise beyond tentpole event movies that lead me to shift my work.

I would rather [...]


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June 3 at 11:00am

Simple Fixes: Recommend Whom To Hire

The film business is often said to be dominated by white men.  It is.  But instead of complain let’s do something about it.  

It would be great if there was a [...]


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