Newly Launched: SFFS Producers Initiative

Newly Launched: SFFS Producers Initiative

A good day to be an independent producer, we just launched the SFFS Producers Initiative - a new suite of filmmaker services designed to support and assist talented emerging producers! 

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Open Vein Cinema Flows by the Bay

Open Vein Cinema Flows by the Bay

Cinema by the Bay director Zoran Lisinac guest blogs on his “cross media” casting in Along the Roadside and his development on “Open Vein Cinema” - featuring free-flowing storytelling without sweeteners, censors or gatekeepers.

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Filmmaker360's Michele Turnure-Salleo on Grant Winning Secrets

Filmmaker360's Michele Turnure-Salleo on Grant Winning Secrets

In a follow up blog inspired by last month’s Film Independent Forum panel Fund-That-Doc, panelist and Filmmaker360 Director Michele Turnure-Salleo offers priceless insight into what can make a grant application's work samples stand out against the odds.

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How I Gave Up on the Film Industry and Did What I Loved, Part 2

How I Gave Up on the Film Industry and Did What I Loved, Part 2

By Jacob Kornbluth

So there I was.  I had totally given up on my film career in LA, and gone to live in Berkeley, CA.  In trying to put together a fiction film, I had met Robert Reich and become friends with him.  Reich and I had started making short videos together, they were successful, and I had begun thinking about how to make a film about what had happened to the American economy and the Middle class.  But I had no idea where to start.

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How I Gave Up on the Film Industry and Did What I Loved, Part 1

How I Gave Up on the Film Industry and Did What I Loved, Part 1

 By Jacob Kornbluth

My first documentary, Inequality For All, opens theatrically on September 27 in the top 25 markets.  This is an extraordinary release for a doc, and I couldn’t be any more proud of the film. 

As I go from film fest to film fest, people ask me all the time – when did you get the idea for the film?  The strange but true answer is this: I got the idea for the film when I gave up on the film industry. 

 

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In Full: The Digital Recession

In Full: The Digital Recession

By Jim Cummings

In 2011, a speaker at a reputable film festival said to an audience of filmmakers, “the best part about making movies today is that anyone can make movies, and the worst part is also that anyone can make movies.” I turned to inspect the audience because I wondered, as I do still, to whom he was speaking? How could it ever be good for artisans that everyone can make art?

 

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Non-linear: The New Advocacy Storytelling Model

Non-linear: The New Advocacy Storytelling Model

By Andrew Zinnes

One of the frustrating issues with documentary film is that the medium is finite.
You have eighty minutes max to get your story/messages out and generally the latter comes in small doses so as not to turn off the lay viewer. Troubling – especially when you have a complex subject matter that deserves greater attention in order to explain a situation properly.

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