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New Year's Resolutions: What the Indie-Film Industry Hopes to Achieve in 2013

By Indiewire | Indiewire January 1, 2013 at 1:00PM

Resolutions gets a bad name only because the most common ones are typically unattainable outside of a 12-step program or a winning lottery ticket. Just the same, we here at Indiewire are optimistic sorts.
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Resolutions get a bad name only because the most commonly made ones are typically unattainable outside of a 12-step program or a winning lottery ticket. Good luck with keeping a promise made at a time of year marked by unfettered inebriation, rampant self-delusion, torturous family obligations and all-around gluttony.

Just the same, we here at Indiewire are optimistic sorts. So we asked colleagues and cohorts to think a bit about what realistic expectations they have for the New Year -- with focus on business, personal achievement or the indie-film community. The mix of responses is pretty telling, and for every deep thought there's a humorous aside that's no less true for being flip. This, of course, seems perfectly fitting.

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So have some fun reading through their thoughts and think a little bit on what you want your own 2013 to look like -- with an emphasis on realistic endeavor. And please feel free to share your own goals, both personal and for the wider independent filmmaking community, in the comments beneath.

MICHAEL BARKER, co-president, Sony Pictures Classics

I urge everyone to read “The Big Screen” by David Thomson, a consummate history of the moving image, where we've been and where we're headed. Thomson is an exquisite visual stylist, but with words and attitude. This book is an informative, provocative, contentious, illuminating, interactive experience. One minute you'll be on a high, the next you'll be throwing the book against the wall in disagreement with him or with yourself. I'm ready to take on 2013 with this volume tucked firmly under my arm. Call it a Darwin “Origin of the Species” for the motion-picture business. We are all on a precipice. Our future, like our past, is one scary yet exciting proposition. I know, I know, Happy New Year to you too.

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TOM BERNARD, co-president, Sony Pictures Classics

To try and get the independent film world to embrace a hardline stance on film piracy — especially film festivals and indie organizations like FIND, IFP and Sundance.

I am resolved to have the State of New Jersey adapt A FEATURE FILM TAX REBATE PROGRAM.

CHARLOTTE COOK, director of programming, Hot Docs

The ultimate professional resolutions for me are always trying to find a way for documentaries to be seen by more and more people, for them to considered in all ways as on a par with fiction filmmaking, and for filmmakers to get the financial support they need. 



CARA CUSUMANO, programmer, Tribeca Film Festival

To watch every best picture nominee before the Oscars for the first time.

JEFF DEUTCHMAN, director of acquisitions, IFC Films

Stop reading Oscar prognostication.

NELSON GEORGE, filmmaker, “Brooklyn Boheme”

My resolution is to watch and get involved with more transmedia projects. People are doing some wonderful work in this space and I wanna see more of it.

DADE HAYES, senior VP, Rubenstein Communications, Inc.

I am excited to be transitioning in January from the world of pure PR to independent consulting and writing projects. My resolution is to have a more creative and diversified year ahead.

EUGENE HERNANDEZ, Director of Digital Strategy, Film Societyof LincolnCenter

Continue searching. Keep listening to hear new voices, ideas and approaches.

CHRISTOPHER HORTON, Associate Director, #ArtistServices, Sundance Institute

Watch more movies. Like many peers inside and outside the industry, the past couple of years I've engaged more with television than film. I can easily spend an entire Sunday lying on my couch watching an entire season of a TV series, even one I'm tepid about, yet somehow that often requires less effort than watching a 90-120 minute film. This scares me.