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    Guest Post: Christopher Boghosian "Los Angeles Won't Make Your Movie!"

    Last Friday, Rosen & Bennett offered up some first feature advice: go home. Today Christopher "I Am A Nobody Filmmaker" Boghosian comes to a very similar conclusion after spending some time knocking around Los Angeles. His last post generated quite a lot of buzz. Wonder if you fellow LA residents ...

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    Guest Post: Mike Ryan on "Let's Celebrate The 'Collapse' Of The Indie Film Bubble"

    Is it necessary to earn a "good" living creating ambitious work? Should it be enough just to get the opportunity, to hear the calling, of making films outside of the mainstream commercial industry? Can we ever give enough thanks and appreciation that we don't have to weld, lift, push paper, or aid...

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    A "Career" In Indie Film? Better Have That Second Job Lined Up...

    I don't want to discourage anyone to not pursue their dreams. I just want to encourage people to do it in a realistic manner. On the other hand, I also don't think anyone should live their life dedicated to being safe and secure. We do need to pursue and push for better things. But then a...

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    Building Our Home: Is It Possible To Make A Living As A FIlmmaker?

    You know what? As important as this question is, and as dedicated as I am to making sure we all learn the practical things that will allow us to both earn a living & build a new system that allows for artists to sustain a career in the arts, I also think that if we try too hard to answer that questi...

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    Film Courage: Thinking About Lost Opportunities

    Back at the head of the year I did a three part post for the indispensable website/podcast Film Courage pondering what might have been in Indie Film and what actually could still be. They have been kind enough to collect all three posts in one handy dandy spot for your reading enjoyment. They have...

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    35 WAYS TO KEEP THE FAITH IN TRULY FREE FILM

    I was invited to speak in Amos Poe’s “Media & Mavericks’ NYU Film School Undergrad class last month. Salman Rushdie and Abel Ferrara spoke before me. Patti Smith was set to follow (so does that mean I’ve opened for Patti?). How could I say no to Amos? Particularly when it was in such illustrious company? His offer to speak got me thinking about what have been the underlying philosophies that have helped me enjoy a prolific life in a capital intensive mass market art form. I entered the film world with the belief that I would be denied access to my lack of connections, class, and rarefied tastes & desires. These "philosophies" that I fou...

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