Today, Saturday October 2nd at 2P, I will be participating in the NEW DISTRIBUTION PARADIGM panel at the Woodstock Film Festival.
The 21st century brought with it extraordinary advances in the way that films are distributed. The advent of the Internet, cable and satellite television and on-demand services now allows a viewer to choose exactly how and when they watch a film. This change in dynamic between the work and the audience has allowed many films a chance to shine that would have otherwise been denied. In turn this has opened up a whole new world of cinema for the public to enjoy, making such changes incredibly valuable and worthwhile. This panel will discuss the remarkable leaps forward that have been made in the world of film distribution and look ahead to what the future may hold.
My fellow panelists are an esteemed crew: Richard Abramowitz, Bob Berney, Edward Burns, and John Sloss. I hope you can join us.
Order tickets here: http://www.woodstockfilmfestival.com/festival2010/panels.php?cat=Panel
On his Indiewire blog, Anthony Kaufman made the kind of observation I love: simple, right before us all, but ignored time and time again by the mainstream. His point is that all the corporate acquisitions of art film companies have only led to disaster, and maybe this extends to old school media companies too. The problem seems accentuated when it is an entity with new media dreams that acquires the traditional media company; what once worked with steady cash flow limps its way into non-existence.
Todd Sklar tipped me to the video of the panel I participated on at Sundance, and now you can decide: push or ponder?
I was on a panel awhile back bemoaning the loss of the NEA back in the 80's, and how short sighted I thought it was not to have government funding for the arts, particularly film.
I was on another fun panel yesterday at the Woodstock Film Festival. All of these discussions are part of the ongoing conversation on the future prospects for both Indie and Truly Free film. There's a lot more that I can write about that panel, but one thing I felt was the filmmakers' position getting stronger.
I am on the jury and will be be doing another panel up at the Woodstock Film Festival this weekend. I am completely impressed with the films in competition. They've done a great job curating. And they've done a great job programming too.
IS IT SAFE? With the closure of many of the studio specialty divisions and the reported financial troubles of many of the independents, has “indie film distribution” come to an end, or is this just the end of the world, as we know it? What does the “falling sky” really signify for the independent film sector? Were these companies right to turn their backs or were they just spending too much? Should you make films these days without some form of distribution? And most importantly, who, what or where is the great future hope for indies (and is it all online?)?
Join this esteemed panel of experts straight from the front lines of indie distribution and learn where the light is at the end of the tunnel.
I wonder what I am going to say? Hmmmm.... We need to move the dialogue beyond my "1000 Phoenix Rising" and certainly beyond "The Sky Is Falling".