Friday, June 27, 2008
Selected filmmakers will retain global distribution rights (except in North America, where Focus will distribute), as well as copyrights, budgetary, and editorial control of their movies. They'll also participate in workshops, led by Focus, that will emphasize studio development, finance, marketing, and distribution.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Rep. Mike Doyle: “The universal service fund needs to be blown up like the Death Star.”
Rep. Lee Terry: “Rick Boucher and I are the Luke Skywalkers riding in to save the universal service fund by those who want to destroy it, the Darth Vaders.”
Chairman Edward Markey: “The e-rate became law when Congress enacted it as part of the Telecom Act, and we’ve defended it with political light sabers ever since.”Nothing like coming before our noble governing body with new ideas and passion, and being patronizingly met with references to the sci-fi movies you've made. Lucas did, however, claim it's "reasonably obvious" that Barack Obama is a Jedi Knight...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
That may be the case at any given moment these days, but the premise takes particular form in Coldplay's offer to take you on the road as their Viva La Vida Tour opener.
Just post that video of your band doing its thing on YouTube's Coldplay Opening Act Contest page, and you could soon be sharing an arena tour bill with Santogold - not to mention Chris Martin and the boys. Pretty sweet...
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The LA Times, though, cuts me down to size as the typical ticket holder I am, with today’s story on ‘08 docs tanking at the box office. The article lays out nicely the reasons for the documentary’s decline in ticket sales lately, including topic fatigue or disinterest (features about Iraq have been notoriously flopping over at the multiplex); the double-edged sword of previous indie/doc breakout success, resulting in a kind of “studiofication” of the independent film world; and increasing reliance on Netflix or YouTube, rather than the big screen.
While I’m as interested in films about social justice issues as the next local film festival attendee, there’s a reason the documentaries that do break out are able to do so – namely, broad audience appeal. And yeah, I (along with tons of others) was drawn to those featuring Al Gore, Michael Moore, or penguins. As a genre that relies heavily on word of mouth, buzz is the thing most likely to get me into a doc screening (as with the critically acclaimed Young @ Heart, pictured above). But since summer blockbusters look great on the big screen and docs tend to suffer less in TV format, I’m more likely to add the latter to my Netflix queue than see them right away.
If the problem for the truly independent documentary filmmaker, then, is how to get your film noticed, YouTube’s new “screening room” feature may just be the answer. Upload your movie for free, and if enough people watch, you could find yourself collecting ad revenue, selling thousands of DVD copies via a "Buy Now" link, or even getting picked up for a distribution deal. Then, there's IFC’s video-on-demand Festival Direct, and Tribeca Film Institute’s Reframe, offering docs to download or buy on video. Finding an audience for your film online might be about as independent as it gets...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Despite the reshoots supposedly going on now for Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are - due (again, supposedly) to the studio finding it kid-unfriendly - I still have hope the thing will come out intact and looking awesome...just like this new image.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I don't know; it looks a little too much like Kanye's Glow in the Dark Tour poster. Coincidence? You be the judge...
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
No word yet on what's next for the doc, about the life and unsolved murder of one of the seminal DJ.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Narrated by Colin Farrell, the doc was picked up by ESPN just before its Sundance premiere. It will play the art-house circuit this summer.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
While some cynically speculate that the huge first day opening suggests a potential big drop off next weekend, there's no denying that women, in a teenage boy-targeting summer, can drive a hit.
Although I wasn't one of these guys this weekend, I've certainly dragged my girlfriend to enough superhero movies to return the favor for her - but when she bought midnight screening tickets, I was out. "Can there really be enough girls out there who want to stand in line and fill up theaters until the middle of the night?" I asked. She assured me there were - and guess who was right?