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Rethinking Indie Distribution

This year at both Sundance and Slamdance, many of the discussions have focused on the issue of the changing distribution landscape, a conversation that has been playing out in a variety of venues over the last several years, both in response to the crisis in the Indiewood model and to the multiplication of distribution channels. ... read more »

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Documenting Haiti

Like most people, my attention in recent days has been directed toward the earthquakes in Haiti and their aftermath: the rescue efforts, the struggles to survive, and the discussions of how to rebuild.  But although I find myself following the story attentively, I have been unable to shake my frustration with the exploitative coverage seen on U.S. television, both on national and cable news stations, and the lack of historical context offered in many of the stories we get.  Much of this has to do with the “liveness” of the story, the fact that the crisis is unfolding in real time, but as Melissa Click points out, once the initial crisis wears off, it is questionable whether the news media will continue to cover the story and provide vital historical background that could provide better information about the country’s political and economic history, details that are essential in garnering support for providing foreign aid. ... read more »

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Reinventing Film Festivals, Year Two

During last year’s Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals, I began to take notice of how both festivals were making tentative moves toward serving not merely as showcases for new independent films seeking distribution but as virtual distributors in their own right, providing online or video-on-demand access to selected films playing at their festivals. ... read more »

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Wednesday Links

I’m still in the midst of lots of early-semester prep work, but here are a couple of recent articles worth mentioning: ... read more »

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Avatar

After several weeks of following the Avatar (IMDB) press, I finally got a chance to see the film itself, in 3-D, last night at a local megaplex. ... read more »

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“Sell it Yourself”

The challenges and opportunities facing a new era of independent and DIY filmmakers have been with us for a while now.  The “first” Mumblecore film, Andrew Bujalski’s Funny Ha Ha, came out in 2002.  The term itself was coined in 2005, at South by Southwest.  Mark Gill famously claimed that “the sky really is falling” for independent cinema back in the summer of 2008. ... read more »

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Netflix Maps Revisited

A few years ago, I wrote a post discussing my fascination with the “Netflix Neighbors” phenomenon, a tool on Netflix that showed what films were most popular by zip code.  My Fayetteville neighborhood, as I noted at the time, seemed to favor children’s movies, Tyler Perry films, and to a lesser extent, action movies, all of which seem to conform to a small city with a large African-American population near a military base. ... read more »

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Thursday Links: Netflix, Indie, Hulu Notes

Yes, I should be working on my syllabi.  But a few recent news stories keep distracting me (and I’m not even ready to start thinking about that Apple tablet thingie): ... read more »

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Box Office, Politics, Avatar

Although I still haven’t had time to see Avatar yet, thanks to holiday travel and teaching obligations, I’m fascinated by the reception of the film, both as a political artifact and as a box office juggernaut.  There can be little doubt that Avatar is a huge box office success and may, in fact, surpass James Cameron’s other epic success, Titanic, in terms of all-time (non-adjusted) worldwide box office dollars.  Yes, if we adjust dollars or take into account total number of admissions, Gone with the ... read more »

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Wednesday Links: 3D TV, Year in Cinema, Digital Humanities

Here are a few of the items I’ve been watching, reading, and thinking about in recent days: ... read more »