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    Lars von Trier's Alternative to Interviews for 'Nymphomaniac'? The Progressive Release of Chapter Teasers

    At the 2011 edition of Cannes, Lars von Trier caused quite a stir when he implied that he could understand how someone -- someone like himself -- could become a Nazi. As part of the publicity for his new film "Nymphomaniac," von Trier has released a new tape-over-his-mouth press photo (above) that ...

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    Exclusive: Ted Hope's A2E Labs End With Vimeo, Gravitas, Tugg and More Offering Discounts, Consultations and Other Services to Participating Filmmakers

    The inaugural edition of the San Francisco Film Society's A2E: Artist to Entrepreneur program ran during the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival and attempted to tackle head-on issues of economic sustainability for independent filmmakers and how digital distribution is changing the indust...

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    "We can solve this": Ted Hope on His New Direct Distribution Labs and How Technology Will Save Indie Film

    The first-ever A2E: Artist to Entrepreneur direct distribution labs took place this past weekend at the 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival, an initiative launched to help find ways to make a sustainable living from filmmaking in an industry undergoing rapid changes.

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    Is Direct Distribution the Future for Indie Film? Notes From A2E at the 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival

    The mood at the San Francisco International Film Festival's inaugural A2E: Artist to Entrepreneur direct distribution labs this past weekend might have been described as buoyantly apocalyptic. The new four-day initiative kicked off on May 2nd, with the film world still buzzing about the "State of Ci...

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    Adjust Your Expectations: Ted Hope's 17 Things to Know about the Broken Film Industry

    Indie producer Ted Hope, now the Director of the San Francisco Film Society, recently announced their Artist to Entrepreneur program to help filmmakers make the right choices when distributing their film online. Part of the assumption behind the A2E program is that the distribution model today is s...

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    10 Things Every Filmmaker Should Know From John Sloss's Hot Docs Master Class

    Few folks in the independent film industry are more qualified to teach a master class on rights management and film distribution than John Sloss. Founder of Cinetic Media, a co-founder of both FilmBuff and Producers Distribution Agency (the theatrical distributor of "Exit Through the Gift Shop," "Se...

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    Why Newly Formed BOND360 Hates the Term "Self-Distribution"

    Marc Schiller, who heads up BOND Strategy and Influence, a publicity and marketing firm that worked on "Exit Through The Gift Shop," "SENNA," "The Way," and "Brooklyn Castle," has just announced the creation of BOND360. According to the BOND press release, the new label will "provide strategic cons...

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    Why Filmmakers Need to Act More Like Rock Stars

    Marc Schiller, Founder and CEO of BOND Strategy and Influence, has been publishing several articles sharing his expertise after working with several direct-to-fan distribution campaigns. In this article, written for the IFP (Independent Film Project) blog and reprinted here by permission, he explai...

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    Exclusive: What Happens When Your Distributor Goes Bankrupt? Why 'Gun Hill Road' is Now Finally on DVD

    In the past few years, the indie community has seen the effects of distributors going under. Most notably, there was Regent Releasing, whose library of more than 100 films recently became tied up in courts owing to the company going out of business. Some of Regent's films were older titles whose h...

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