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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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    Video: The Art Of Immersion - How The Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood

    A little while ago I got to participate in a great discussion at Google, centered around Frank Rose's must-read book The Art Of Immersion. Joining Frank and I were Chris Di Cesare, Director of Creative Programming at Google Creative Lab, i Paul Woolmington, Founding Partner of Naked Communications,...

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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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    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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    Guest Post: Jason Brubaker "The Modern Movie Making Movement"

    Times HAVE changed. In many, many ways. But what we call Indie Film is an era gone by. The opportunity to create and connect has never been greater -- and it means other changes are afoot. Jason Brubaker reached out to me with what I felt was an important idea, but like many I encounter, I was too busy to participate unfortunately.Jason recognizes that filmmakers no longer need "discriminatory distribution" and can reach audiences with their work in new and different ways. But Jason also recognizes we need to share the info on how we do it. Most importantly, he recognizes this is a community effort. He has done a great service to our co...

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    It's NOT About Art: The Film Industry Is About People Keeping Their Jobs

    Avenue Q reminded us: The internet is for downloading porn. Well, do you need me to remind you that the film industry is for keeping the few jobs in film development, production, sales, marketing & distribution that still remain?

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    Guest Post: Kit Carson "Jan Harlan -- Stanley Kubrick's Producer"

    L.M. Kit Carson, the legend, the man, returns to discuss his recent encounter with greatness, Jan Harlan, Mr. Kubrick's producer.Read L.M. Kit Carson's last guest post for us on David Holzman's Diary Here.

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    Guest Post: Peter Broderick "Special Report: How Films Can Change The World"

    One of my top motivations to make movies was to change the world. It still is true today. Often when I tell people that I want to make movies that either change the world, change cinema, or finance those revolutions, they often think I am joking. But I am quite sincere. To sort of quote the legendary producer Walter Wanger "Film is the world's ambassador." I was not surprisingly thrilled to get Peter Broderick's latest newsletter, and to find it not just on this subject, but with real info precisely on films that HAVE CHANGED THE WORLD. Peter has kindly agreed to allow me to share it here with you, provided you all NOW sign up for Peter'...

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    Guest Post: Set Kushner "Remembering Harvey Pekar"

    Today marks the first anniversary of Harvey Pekar's death. Very few people have had as great an influence on my life as Harvey. I was very fortunate to be able to collaborate with him and bring AMERICAN SPLENDOR to the screen.I was thrilled to be approached by Seth Kushner about his current tribut...

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    Go See Azazel Jacobs' "Terri" -- Opening Today

    I have a film series in NYC. Courtesy of Nick Quested and Goldcrest, about once a month, I show a film I feel people need to support. I send emails to about 700 people to fill the 60 seat theater. It's free, although now I ask regulars to buy wine for the afterwards schmooze. The filmmakers have...

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