Just received a sad email from Julie La’Bassiere and Michelle Bryant of indie-film networking community, IndieIN, that they will be shutting down the Web site. I met Julie in New York a few years ago, just as IndieIN was getting started, and she was really excited. We were really excited for her, trying to offer suggestions and insight. But alas, it seems like IndieIN needed more than cheerleaders. I’m sure Julie and Michelle will land on their feet with exciting new endeavors. If you never visited IndieIN (and given its recent news, that’s very likely), check it out one last time before it goes away forever. Here is an excerpt from Julie and Michelle’s farewell:
Earnest and eager, we set out to try and build our little website that we believed would at least put a dent in the divide between filmmaker and audience. Much like an independent film, we had very little funds but great supporters. Some people believed in us. Others laughed. But we stood by our dream. And that’s why it pains us to say that although we had a little success, our journey has come to an end.
Looking back now, I realize the one thing that kept us going was our belief in independent and foreign films. Just this past week, I found myself completely moved with excitement and anticipation of seeing an indie film while at a movie theater, and that was just during the trailers. I don’t know what it is that makes these films different. The definition of an indie film is constantly changing, but the thing that people usually agree on is how it is made. The money. But with indieIN, we wanted to focus on much more than that.