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    K Lorrel Manning & Michael Cuomo on "Riding The CrowdFunding Train To SXSW"

    We all one know how to do more with the very little we have. This is the year the indie film world turned to each other for help. And people responded. It is so exciting that we are working together to get the work done. Indie / Truly Free Film has never been more of a community!In just the firs...

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    Adam Chapnick on "IndieGoGo Films Showcased at World-Class Festivals in 2011"

    Google became a verb several years ago. In the Indie / Truly Free Film space we are close to verb-izing another company. But just like all tissues are not Kleenex, there are many crowdfunding platforms out there, and it is worth not forgetting that. Find the platform that works best for your film...

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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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    Michael Collins on "Utilizing Your First Ever Film Festival"

    Toronto International Film Festival begins tomorrow. Getting you film to a festival is a dream come true for most filmmakers. But it is so easy to overlook the great opportunities that are right before you when you attend a festival. Today, doc filmmaker Michael Collins, shares some of the lesson...

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    The Costs Of Crowdfunding

    Filmmakers speak of crowdfunding as if it is free money. It isn't. In some instances it isn't even close to being so.

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    Where The Tax Credits For Film Are In America These Days

    Tax credits and subsidies for the film business are job stimulus. As a producer asked to ALWAYS squeeze a buck, I simply won't shoot my films where the tax credits are not. Luckily I live in the wise and wonderful state of New York, that has one of the best tax subsidies for film and television a...

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    Guest Post: Elise McCave "The First Annual PUMA Creative Impact Award"

    It is hard to find a better example of corporate sponsorship than the PUMA Creative Impact Awards. Not only does it publicize and support an important group of films, but helps support outreach and social change. With the right support, not only can we make better films, but we can change the worl...

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    Guest Post: David Geertz "Are Indie Filmmakers Slave Drivers?"

    How do we truly think about film? Do we ignore the truth even when it is right before our eyes? Are we sometimes willing to compromise our ethics in order to achieve our creative goal? Would we be willing to defer that goal in order to maintain the ethical standards that we otherwise embrace?I na...

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    Video: Spike Jonze, Lisa Cholodenko, and me on Financing and The Rule Of The Samurai

    Spike, Lisa, and I got to have a great conversation at The Cleveland Public Library early this year, and a great crowd came. An official video was shot of the proceedings and hopefully will be available shortly, but this one came from the crowd, and is a nice little nugget to wet your appetite.

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    Video: Yancey Strickler of Kickstarter

    If Indie Film had a person of the year, it would be Kickstarter this year. It's given more movies the needed boost than anyone else this year (as today's earlier post can attest. Thanks to Dan McGuire for the tip on this!

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