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    Is The Issue Doc Dead? How 'Gasland' and 'Hillary' Show Things Aren't Looking Great

    It has been almost three years since Josh Fox debuted his anti-fracking documentary "Gasland" at the Sundance Film Festival.  There, it caused spirited conversation amongst audiences and won a Special Jury Prize at the festival. 

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    John Bruce on "Far From Afghanistan: Mission, Means, and Movement Building"

    I think it is more than three years ago now that I first spoke of Truly Free Film. My hope then, as it is now, that artistic, social, and political motivations would harness the new technologies and it's tools to usher in a transformation from a mass-market driven entertainment economy to a communi...

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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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    Is So Much Choice Really Any Choice At All?

    So many people want to "keep their options open" as opposed to actually committing themselves to something they really believe in. We fill our shelves with 1001 variations and some people think it is freedom, but doesn't it just obscure the real problem that we haven't committed to what we really w...

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    Must Read On MovieScope: Michael Gubbins' "Face The Music"

    I have had the pleasure of participating in two think tanks sessions with Michael Gubbins of the UK. He's a fun and thoughtful advocate for the change that needs to occur in our industry, if we want to survive. As he points out today in his article in MovieScope "Face The Music", ten years after t...

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    Can We Create The Future Of Indie Marketing & Distribution -- Or Is It Already Dead?

    We speak of the need to utilize PMDs (aka Producers of Marketing & Distribution) on Indie/TFF movies these days, but how do these people get trained (not to mention, paid for)? Where do they learn their skill sets? Two or three years into this DIY Indie Movement of sorts, can you name more than th...

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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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    Anthony Kaufman's MUST READ New Blog: Reel Politik

    I have long felt the indie film community has needed someone to write regularly and call attention the various issues that both effect our life as filmmakers, and how film, in all its various forms, effect our life as citizens, societies, and individuals. What an awesome gift for us all that Anthon...

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    Dennis Potter & Adam Curtis On Rupert Murdoch

    The brilliant Dennis Potter had one dying wish...(hat tip to Dan McGuire again!)

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