Some Of What I Read/Watched/Listened To Last Week

It's become a routine of mine to spend Sunday clearing my laptop of all my half finished articles, podcasts, and videos. I often have twenty or more windows open and I have to find a new system (yes, I use and love InstaPaper, but I need more tools!). I want to find a way to put my bad habits to good use. This is that try.

New Year's Resolutions For Filmmakers - Scott continues his high level of great posting. Twenty years in, I still find all of Scott's recommendations useful. Perhaps that is not in spite of, but because of...

Can Art Houses Attract Youth Audiences - Okay, maybe it seems like I am reading my own press (which this is), but with Sundance approaching, I am still thinking of this problem the film biz faces.

The Web Is A Customer Service Medium - Brian Newman tipped me to this latest "Medium is The Message" dispatch from Paul Ford.  I do think how we build the experience around our films is of equal important now as to what is in our films. Yes, we need to make better films, but we have to improve the experience of engagement significantly and urgently.

Nora Ephron On "Going To The Movies" - This is just a few pages from her new book, but captures the poor experience that much movie going now is. Again, we urgently need to address this. It is nice to read that some are.

Building A Festival For Black-Theme Films - This is a good idea and is a model that other genres, niches, and audiences can utilize. Thanks for the tip from @BittahSweet for this.

The Divided Brain and The Making Of The Western World - My wife Vanessa watches the RSA lectures habitually, and they are pretty great. This lecture by Iain McGilchrest is pretty helpful in trying to determine how to focus fully on solving the problems our industry currently faces, both the broad picture and the specific detail.

Hollywood Clicks With UltraViolet - Variety's reporting on the studio initiative to allow consumers to access content anywhere any how. I appreciate the effort to come up with a system to deal with real consumer behavior, although I remain concerned what happens to the rest of the industry in the process. Similarly I wonder about Technicolor's MediaNavi consumer platform. Something's gotta be done when Home Ent sales has dropped for 6th straight year.

KCRW's The Business: "The Year To Be" - tipped to via Anne Thompson of course.  Whether's it's radio or podcasts, I love hearing someone else talking in the background when I am reading the newspaper.

But now I have shut all my windows (except this one), so I am out of here.

Film-based "Radio" Shows

With Sundance around the corner, many filmmakers are wondering how to get some publicity for their work. The great wide open of the internet has opened a host of new options. There are audio and video podcast shows all over the web. Some still are primarily radio based, others are purely internet. Whatever they are, they are the truly free filmmakers' friends.

From an industry standard, the gold standard remains Elvis Mitchell's The Treatment on LA's KCRW, yet new podcasts and shows are leaping up all over. Some are going to give Elvis a run for his money. Okay, granted none have the audience level of Elvis' show either, but it has got to build somewhere.
Savvy producers will keep track of these shows, not just for the information they deliver, but also to use for promotional purposes themselves. Some of these shows may only garner listener ship in the hundreds, but think of that as the hub of the wheel, with each listener speaking it up via six spokes and so on and so forth, and well that wheel can get pretty large.
I have not found a list anywhere of these internet and radio film shows and felt we could use one. I hope in this new year the community, the blogs, and the film support orgs join together and really dig up the info that is in our reach that could help lift us into something far more substantial than we are now. We can't keep our words looping back among ourselves endlessly. We have to push it out of our house and into our friends', neighbors' and family's.
Some shows I have participated in are:
Film Courage (here's my show -- and btw, I was their 5th most listened to show of the year, but with your help I could easily catch #4)
I am going to do this one soon:
Others I know of but that they haven't asked me on:
Film Snobbery (vpodcast)
Film Week (So Cal Radio 89.3 KPCC)
The Indie Music Show (vpodcast that focuses on music but also has an indie film segment)
Other similar things filmmakers could do to gain exposure:
I am sure there are a lot more similar things out there. Let us know so we can build a comprehensive list together.