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    Where Would the Money Come From? On Film Festivals, Distribution and the Economies of Change

    "Fair Trade for Filmmakers," an article by Sean Farnel that we published last week, attracted a lot of attention from filmmakers, festival programmers and other industry members, who carried on an intense debate in the comments about the feasibility of Sean's suggestion that festivals ...

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    Project of the Day: Ashley's First Crush and Her Story with Bullying

    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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    Project of the Day: A Closer Look at Warhol Muse 'Edie Sedgwick'

    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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    Vote for Project of the Week! Will It Be 'SanFran,' 'Deer,' 'MAD!,' or 'Passfire'?

    Vote below for this week's Project of the Week.

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    How the Oscar Shorts Deal with Aging and Generational Differences

    The Oscar-nominated shorts, in both the live action and animated categories, are finding new ways to show how characters deal with the prospects of aging and sharing their knowledge with their younger counterparts.

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    Exclusive Excerpt: Michael Rabiger's Nine Basic Tips for Directing Actors

    Michael Rabiger's (Professor Emeritus, Columbia College in Chicago) directing textbook, now in its fifth edition (co-written with Mick Hurbis-Cherrier of Hunter College) "Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics" is now available for purchase from Focal Press.  

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    Project of the Day: Around the World in Fireworks

    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Passfire" Tweetable Logline:

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    Project of the Day: Look Behind the Scenes of MAD Magazine in 'When We Went MAD!'

    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "When We Went MAD!" Tweetable Logline:

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    The 5 Tips for Managing Self-Distribution from 'Middle of Nowhere' Director and Entrepreneur Ava DuVernay

    The distribution teams behind “Middle of Nowhere” and “Bones Brigade,” both of which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled details of their windowing and marketing strategies at a two-hour panel at the Sundance Filmmaker Lodge earlier this month.

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    Six Reasons Topspin Believes In Direct-to-Fan Distribution After 'Bones Brigade' Beat Traditional Deals

    After a few years operating primarily as a direct-to-fan distributor for musicians, Topspin Media helped Kevin Smith deliver on his bold claim at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival that he would go against the industry standard and self-distribute his festival film "Red State."

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