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    Toolkit | Meet the Woodstock Film Festival Programmers (In Their Own Words)

    In just over a decade, the Woodstock Film Festival has hosted a who's who in the indie film industry of which any top regional event would be proud. Even early on, the festival attracted top films coming out of Toronto (which ends just as Woodstock is revving up), including Todd Haynes'...

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    Why Piracy is Good and Copyright Sucks: An Excerpt From “Sell Your Own Damn Movie!”

    Like the headline says, the following is the (fiercely held) opinion of one Lloyd Kaufman, founder of Troma Films. His most recent book, "Sell Your Own Damn Movie!" is now available in paperback.

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    Xavier Gens & Christopher Smith Round Out "ABCs of Death" Series

    Genre vets Xavier Gens ("Frontiers," "Hitman") and Christopher Smith ("Severance," "Black Death") are on board for thriller series, "The ABCs of Death," a 26 chapter anthology produced by Drafthouse Films, Timpson Films and Magnet Releasing. Gen...

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    Morgan Spurlock's 8 Top Tips For Filmmakers Out of Sheffield

    Documentary funnyman (and Academy Award nominee) Morgan Spurlock dolled out advice to a packed house of documentary filmmakers over the weekend at the Sheffield Doc/Fest. Spurlock, who arrived in Sheffield last week to kick off the festival with his latest, "POM Wonderful Presents: The Gre...

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    Is the Secret to Better Short Films Inside Seattle's Fly Filmmaking Challenge?

    The Seattle International Film Festival's Fly Filmmaking Challenge sounds like a well-meaning recipe for disaster: The festival selects a handful of local filmmakers and give them the tools to churn out short films in three days.

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    Here's the 10 Indie Movies That Won in California's $100 Million Film Commission Lottery

    The California Film Commission has awarded $100 million in tax subsidies to 27 film and TV projects, 10 of which are independent films.

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    First Person | Ira Deutchman: How to recreate the repertory cinema for the digital age

    For a very long time, I've been proselytizing to just about anyone who would listen about how digital projection could change the way we think about a theatrical release. While most people in the industry focus on cost savings, which can be substantial over time, I've been fascinated wi...

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    The Top 7 Kickstarter Films (and 3 Secrets to Crowdfunding Success)

    While almost any project can be crowdsourced, few have the capacity to capture a wide audience. We've listed the top seven of those that did; click here for more stories about their successes. And here's how Jennifer Fox made the system work for her.

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    Has Kickstarter Reached Its Goal of Changing the Way Movies are Made?

    Veteran documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox entered Kickstarter’s Hall of Fame May 28 when she raised over $150,000 for her latest project “My Reincarnation,” a portrait of a High Tibetan Buddhist teacher and his Western-born son.

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    Tribeca Gucci Doc Fund Names 9 Projects for $150K in Grants

    Nine projects will share $150,000 in funding by the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. Now in its fourth year, the initiative provides finishing finances, year-round support and guidance to domestic and international documentary filmmakers with feature-length films "highlighting and humanizin...

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