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REELER | The Fest That Wasn’t There

REELER | The Fest That Wasn't There

On The Reeler, John Lichman reports from the controversial New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. Filmmaker Curtis Waller, who declined the offer to pay $5,000 to have the festival promote his screening, did pay a hefty price to screen his movie at the event. He tells Waller, “I’m doing a lot of self-promotion, but I guess they’re just looking to make their dollar wherever they can make it…”As far as I’m concerned, I’m paying $300 to screen my movie, but at the same time I get to say my movie was in a festival in New York City.” In a response posted, filmmaker Abel Ferrara, who has a long history of screening films at the festival, counters in his own words, “if you think 300 usd is an unfair price for a manhatten theatre screening your seriously uninformed.”

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