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The *new* indieWIRE: The First 80 Days

The *new* indieWIRE: The First 80 Days

It’s been nearly 12 weeks since we unveiled the *new* indieWIRE for filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers. The site continues to evolve each week thanks to your feedback and we’re excited to see that our readership is growing alongside an increased level of advertising. The economy being what it is, we particularly appreciate the support and are excited to have Stella Artois on board for the entire year.

In the 80 days since we unveiled the new indieWIRE, we’ve launched a number of new features at, including:

– the new iW To Go widget
– enhanced daily email publications
– a continuing series of video clips alongside editorial coverage
– the new iW Poll, an expanded blog feed
– an Oscar weekend partnership with Facebook
– an in-progress iW Guide to Film Festivals
– and a monthly theatrical release calendar.

And, we are thrilled to be hosting a new blog by Mike Jones and plan to welcome more bloggers soon.

This first quarter of ’09 we’ve hosted a series of stellar Filmmaker Q & A’s at Apple Stores in New York, San Francisco, and Austin, TX, with an exciting list of talks on tap for the Apple Store, Soho during the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. Special thanks to Apple for the successful ongoing partnership.

In April, in addition to daily coverage from Tribeca, we’ll also have dispatches from the AFI Dallas International Film Festival, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Florida Film Festival, the Nashville Film Festival, the Sarasota FIlm Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. And, next month we’ll again be at the Cannes Film Festival with daily dispatches and photos for the entire event.

Before wrapping up, I’d like to take a moment and thank some of the advertisers who have worked with us since the debut of the new indieWIRE in January, especially the many film distribution companies and festivals.

To the individuals we work with at each of the following companies, your support of indieWIRE is greatly appreciated:

Balcony Releasing
Cinevegas Film Festival
City of Lights, City of Angels Film Festival
Film Independent
Film Society of Lincoln Center
First Independent Features
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Focus Features
Gene Siskel Film Center
Heartland Film Festival
HBO Films
Liberation Entertainment
Magnolia Pictures
Miramax Films
NYU Tisch
Oxford Film Festival
Regent Releasing
Roadside Attractions
Sarasota Film Festival
Screen Gems
7-57 Releasing
Showtime Networks
Stella Artois
Stony Brook Film Festival
Tuscon Film Office

Most importantly, thanks to all of our readers. So many of you have been here for more than a decade and there are many more who have become new readers since the debut of the new site in January. We continue to appreciate your participation and feedback. With the support of our terrific new colleagues at SnagFilms, we look forward to continuing to develop indieWIRE in 2009.

Happy spring!


P.S. Below, you find the new iW To Go widget, feel free to snag it and share it on your blog, Facebook or anywhere else on the Internet:


eugene hernandez
editor-in-chief & co-founder

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Almost 14 years ago I was an eager NYU student that somehow became tipped off to an email list-serve that provided insider access and news to the goings-on of the independent film world.

Now on the eve of the eve of opening night of the 14th Gen Art Film Festival I find myself at the helm for my 9th year. I owe Eugene and the gang a huge thanks for making me look smart since the beginning. I/we would not be where we are without you.

Congratulations on your continued growth of audience and important contributions to our creative industry.


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