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    Top 10 Box Office Winners, International Markets and the Indies

    This top 10 list is Hollywood 100%. The major studios constitute a completely different business from the indies. They can carry on business as usual, luxuriating in the ease of releasing without sweating too much over originality or innovation. They are expanding with their big budget films into the realms of transmedia to brand their films across toys, games, webisodes, telecom shorts, clothing, TV series, etc. They own real estate and the means of distribution if not of production. The reason they are mentioned here be me at IndieWIRE is that their presence determines the world market on many levels. On the face of it, there is no rel...

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    Africa in Film: White Wedding

    There are not many films released in the U.S. from Africa and White Wedding is a delicious romp around South Africa, a road trip from Johannesburg to Durban, a mix and match of races and nationalities. Jann Turner ♀, a white female director whose anti-apartheid father was killed in front of her, makes movies with her black partners that capture the humor and pain of today's South Africa.The Little Film Company, who brought the world the 2005 Academy Award winning Best Foreign Language film Tsotsi, is going to release the DVD/ VoD version on January 25 through Image Entertainment. Robbie Little and I have had long discussions about digital m...

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    News from The Film Collaborative about Sundance

    Happy New Year from The Film Collaborative!The Film Collaborative has already been guiding 3 feature filmmakers and are also going to assist a short and probably add a 4th of 5th feature. Sundance filmmakers benefit from our distributiion education because we're helping them navigate distribution and avoid the pitfalls of excessive middlemen or not-so-ideal companies who are pursuing them. We're helping them choose wisely and sometimes also directly representing their films on the sales side. And of course we educate and guide them on the DIY side. It's still early in the process to see exactly how much we'll end up doing per film (in terms o...

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    Navajo Nation and a New Sort of Giving - DVD Distribution

    Making a difference in society calls for more tools than you can find in a documentary film. It calls for vision and creative activism involving marketing, educating and partnering with real people from different walks of life. That's how to build a groundswell.I am not going to start a series here on DVD distribution benefitting the worthy causes of the subjects of films, but coming on the heels of The Creative Coalition's endeavors, this distributor to the non-theatrical community came my way, and in the interest of a good cause, I am posting it here on the heels of Poliwood and TCC. Both these postings are good case studies for others and...

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    Oscar Watch: Hermano by Marcel Rasquin, Venezuela

    Venezuela’s submission for Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film Oscar, Hermano, (official site: www.hermano.com.ve) just showed at the Havana Film Festival in Cuba, where it won the Special Jury Prize for Opera Prima (First Film), and played in 800 and 1,200 seat theaters filled with enthu...

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    Latino in Sundance (and Slamdance)

    Last year's blog on Latin America in Sundance had more to say and more films to choose to talk about, including Lucy Walker's acclaimed Waste Land which I loved back then. This year's Slamdance has 3 Latino films. One, Drama, is most notable because of its filmmaker. Matias Lira spent much time here in L.A. and we even eagerly sponsored him for his green card. Matias graduated UCLA Film School and stayed on as an acquisitions person for a large Latin American distributor. He seemed to be the only genuine Latino here and looked like he was going to go to the highest levels possible here. But Chile suddenly awoke and created a film world wh...

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: Film Desk

    I first saw a notice of this up-to-now-completely-unknown distributor in connection to the release of Antonioni's The Girlfriends (1955) which was written up in a fascinating article in L.A. Times, and so I did some investigating. I discovered a film lover, Jacob Perlin, 35 years old, living in New York whose day job is associate programmer for BAM's Cinematek, a program somewhat similar to LACMA plus the American Cinematheque which programs films every day, in 35mm: classic films, premieres, festivals, and retrospectives, plus special appearances by filmmakers and critics. Jacob Perlin's Film Desk is a one man show which Jacob runs out of ...

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: Indomina

    Today I begin again to highlight the new U.S. distributors, this time with Indomina whose many recent pickups are detailed below. They look like horror, supernatural fantasy and Asian. I did not hear more than that from them about their vision or mission. Outcast directed by Colim McCarthy

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    Latino Days Are Here Again!

    Looking forward to what's new at Ventana Sur and being able to watch films via Cinando during the event itself, I am made aware that Latin America has a rapidly expanding film industry due to new technologies, new well trained filmmakers and governments who have stepped up local support of local filmmaking. The current call for submissions for Cine En Construcion, the twice-yearly rendezvous held at the San Sebastian and Toulouse Festivals gives a welcome place for networking in Toulouse on March 24 and 25, 2011. This initiative by the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Rencontres Cinémas d’Amérique Latine in Toulouse focuses ...

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    Sundance Film Festival Offers A Window on the World (with Contacts)

    Sundance's announcement yesterday of the 4 main categories plus Premieres - U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition -- is a mash of many cultures not only in "World" sections, but within the U.S. sections themselves. Consistent with my vision (and wish) to see world cultures enter the mainstream of independent features as I write about Africa (and its diaspora), Latino films, and about women filmmakers (♀), and Asia, a look at the Sundance lineup takes us beyond these cultures as they increasingly merge with one another. European cinema also looks healthy...

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