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    What Are The Common Themes Found In Indie Film?

    Themes resonate with communities. Communities congregate around common themes. Communities endure whereas films perish at a certain point in time. Community interest can revive forgotten works. Many different communities are vested in similar themes. Common interests between creators, financier...

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    Shawn Bercuson on "What Filmmakers Can Learn from Tech Startups"

    I've long felt that one of the most important bridges the Indie Film Community needed to build, was the one into the tech community. I've felt the ideas & know how of the tech sector held the solution to our neglected pillars of cinema: discovery, participation, appreciation, & presentation. I still do, but I realize now that I was narrowcasting my reasons.Truly Free Film and Film Cutlure in general got a great boost last week when Prescreen launched. Audiences and filmmakers both found new ways to connect with great films. What I hadn't anticipated though, was how the process of this new venture's launch offered additional insight for fil...

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    Koo On "Your Audience is Worth More Than $"

    Film may be 110 years old, the Film Industry a century, Amer-Indie, as a semi-organized infrastructure and process, 30 years, but as a creative community we are only a few years, at best, in. Sure the guilds have been here longer, but as an open & transparent, group, activity sharing information and aspirations, it's taken the rise of blogging culture to bring us together.As much as we are coming together on a general basis, indie film communities come together now around specific voices. Nonetheless, other than Kevin Smith there are very few folks who have truly built and served their audiences to such an extent that that audience is in fa...

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    John T Trigonis on "The Tao of Crowdfunding: Twitter Tips for Crowdfunders"

    I think you know how enthusiastic I am about all the tools and services out there to get our work done and share it with the community. We have moved from the Era of How to one of How To Do It Well. It is time to truly develop best practices.Luckily this blog has become a bit of a platform for the...

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    Ed Burns On Learning To Love To Engage With The Crowd

    I have truly enjoyed my collaborations with writer/director/actor Ed Burns. We started working together on his first film and did the next two together. Although we didn't make a movie together after that, our get together share-sessions over beers have always been both fun and informative. It's been truly inspiring for me, to see how he keeps learning -- and having fun doing it.In both watching, working and hanging out with Ed, you quickly see that he really enjoys and respects people. He knows everyone's name quickly on his shoots and never forgets he too was once a production assistant who never knew if he'd have a shot at making his o...

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    Guest Post Alex & Andrew Smith: "Crowdfunding = Barnraising: We All Have To Do Some Heavy Lifting"

    It's kind of hard to find the appropriate analogy for what we do, particularly these days. Often I am tempted to think it is running full speed against a brick wall without any protective headgear on, hoping that a door may open the moment before impact. But those are on my down days. Usually I can see us all working together, building bridges, fusing connections, doing the labor that will lift the culture in many ways. It shouldn't be so hard to describe that, but I still struggle.Which is one of the reasons I was so pleased to reconnect with Alex and Andrew Smith, twin brothers, whose go to it attitude and willingness to reach high with...

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    A Public Discussion On THE FUTURE OF FILM With You, Me (Ted Hope), & Brian Newman

    Brian Newman and I are headed towards the Czech Republic this holiday weekend in order to have a very public discussion on The Future Of Film with the filmmakers and audiences at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Yet, you too can join in even if you can't make your way to this wonderful festival. Neither Brian nor I are great fans of panel discussions these days; they fail to mine the great knowledge or passions of the community. So in contemplating how to get something done in the time we have allotted, Brian and I decided it would be good to get the conversation started a bit early. Below, Brian and I put together a focus on what we think...

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    Guest Post: Orly Ravid "Stop Waiting for Godot & Distribute Your Movie Now Dang Darn It!"

    Orly Ravid had some good advice for us all before Cannes. Now that another festival is over, she's got some more critical advice for all with a film made, in process, or contemplating existence.

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    Guest Post by Ross Howden: "How Do You Sell A Film That's Being Given Away?"

    The most important thing for filmmakers is to have an audience. Survival (aka Economic Returns) probably falls next on the list. Using the available tools to distribute and aggregate, are these two pursuits compatible?

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