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    Black Power Mixedtapes Hosted by The Economist in Sundance is Acquired by Wide for Berlin

    Wide Management had added Black Power Mixtapes: 1967 - 1975 directed by Swedish Göran Hugo Olsson starring Danny Glover, Talib Kwali, Erykah Badu and Harry Belafonte to its impressive documentary section of films, From 1967 to 1975, fueled by curiosity and naïveté, Swedish journalists traversed the...

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    Your Body Speaks - The Perfect Pitch

    This just in from my friend Catherine Wyler:

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    Berlinale Talent Campus: A Producer's Advice

    I wrote about upcoming producer Sean McConville whom I met on line for hamburgers at AFM. He has been chosen by the Berlinale's Talent Campus as a Talent this year and has also written Five Reasons Filmmakers Need to be Entrepreneurs for Raindance. The article sums up the issues filmmakers today m...

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    AFFRM: A New View of Distribution

    On Sunday, January 25, 2011, AFFRM hosted the third of a trio of dinners for black filmmakers and filmthinkers at Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker and publicist Ava DuVernay created these dynamic group conversations on "all things black + indie + film" at Cafe Terigo, overlooking Main Street in Park City. I like to think of myself as a filmthinker because I have been rethinking distribution of films along with everyone else in the business, but have been especially concerned about underserved audiences in the Latino and African American sectors. I have been reframing my own ideas (with such a coach as Tom Bernard leading the way) as I teach...

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    Global Girls Go Sundance

    The beloved Global Girls are at Sundance running around interviewing and plying their powers as "minority women" journalists and media pros...both of these teenage girls were trained during the World Cup, Lungile Buhale in Soweto (yes, she flew all the way to Utah on the plane for the first time and will be spending 6 more days in L.A.) and Jessica Cueva from East LA and a student at Santa Monica Community College. They have interviewed Robert Redford, Danny Glover (about his Black Power Mixtapes), Gloria Steinem, Jennifer Newsome (Miss Representation). Geena Davis, Tiffany Schlain (about Connected and Yelp), the producer of Project Nim and a...

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    Miss Representation and Levi Strauss Go Forth in Sundance

    What is most notable as a trend in the films of Sundance is corporate patronage and investment as well as product placement enabling the 7th Art to go forward. From Morgan Spurlock's outright The Greatest Movie Ever Sold which examines the world of product placement, marketing, and advertising by making a film financed entirely by product placement, marketing, and advertising to Miss Representation directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom is showing in U.S. Documentary Competition screened today for the first time. The support it has received from Levis Strauss, whose Shape What's To Come is admirable in that it is built on a large idea for The Mi...

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    Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grants For Science on Screen

    This is a great example of how, through the Art House Convergence, independent theaters are sharing information and best practices. Science on Screen is one of the Coolidge Theater’s longest-running and most popular programs, and they now have the opportunity to help other independent theaters introduce it to their audiences. The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Mass. is teaming up with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to bring the Coolidge’s Science on Screen program to other independent theaters nationwide. Launched in 2005, Science on Screen educates about science while entertaining through movies, providing audiences with enlightenme...

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    We Were Here at Sundance

    An Interview with David WeissmanSundance official 'Meet the Fillmmaker' WE WERE HERE is a powerful new documentary that takes a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco in 1981 and at a community that came together to respond to the crisis with love, compassion, and determination. It screens at the Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake City at 3:45pm on Sunday, Jan. 23 as part of the Sundance Film Festival, where it will show five additonal times in Park City as part of the Documentary Competition.This is a film which reaches out and touches the audience without any banging on the drum. It leaves pe...

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    The Art House Convergence Conference

    The Art House Convergence: January 17-20, 2011 is having its fourth annual meeting in Utah where Art house theater owners will converge to discuss the issues and new developments which concern their specialty niche in the independent film business. Chairman of the two year old event, Russ Collins, Executive Director of the Michigan Theater, (collins AT Michtheater.org, +1 (734) 646-0528 spoke to me at length about these concerns. Other theater owner friends have discussed the issue of staying solvent in a small universe when they must fight to wrest away the "larger" art house films from cineplexes which are increasingly adding 1 or 2 venues...

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    Section 181 The "Runaway" Production Incentive Offers Free Seminar during Sundance

    There is one U.S. federal tax incentive to encourage investment in film production, and it was reinstated in the new tax bill that just passed Congress. Section 181 allows produces to immediately deduct the qualifying expenditures in the year they occur for the first $15 million to $20 million spent. So what does that mean for you?To learn more about Section 181 and the great benefits to independent filmmakers, a free seminar at Sundance is being offered for free. Thanks to the generosity of their sponsors, law offices Deutsch, Levy & Engel, Chartered's Corky Kessler invites you to the panel seminar during Sundance on January 24th from 2pm ...

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