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This one’s for the graduates…

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Reader (and former student) Jonathan Poritsky writes in:

I’ve replied to enough “your-dad-said-you-work-in-film-what-should-i-do-now?” e-mails that I got tired of it and decided to write the response to end all responses. It seemed relevant to SRF, and also in part inspired by what you do on your site. So here’s the link, do with it what you will…

I will link to it. Here it is: Starting Out in Film, Now What?

How to make a screenings map with Google

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

After my recent post, which mapped out the past and upcoming Quick Feet, Soft Hands television screenings, some folks at ITVS asked if I wouldn’t mind sharing how I made the map so that they could encourage other filmmakers they work with to do the same.

Though I’m far from the first person to do this sort of thing, I was, of course, happy to oblige. It’s a great way to visually communicate with your audience about when and where they can see your work.

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Quick Feet, Soft Hands: Television Screenings

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

A number of public television screenings have been added for “Quick Feet, Soft Hands.”

To help audiences track down the movie, we’ve created a GoogleMap (below). In some cases, the film will be showing on multiple streams (i.e., regular and Hi-Def), so double-check with your local listings to confirm the details listed here.

If the film is not yet available in your area, contact your local station to request it.


View “Quick Feet Soft Hands” TV Screenings in a larger map

Two Macintosh Productivity Apps

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Here are a couple of useful Macintosh tools to help you stay focused while working at your computer writing, editing, or doing anything else that requires concentration.

Isolator: I’ve been using this application on and off (literally) for a year. As its creator describes it, Isolator

will cover up your desktop and all the icons on it, as well as the windows of all your other applications, so you can concentrate on the task in hand.

Freedom: James M. Johnston recently tipped me off to this cool little Mac application. According to its website, Freedom

is an application that disables networking on an Apple computer for up to eight hours at a time. Freedom will free you from the distractions of the internet, allowing you time to code, write, or create. At the end of your selected offline period, Freedom re-enables your network, restoring everything as normal.

Opening Day: “Quick Feet, Soft Hands” on Television

Monday, April 6th, 2009

As you may know, today is the Opening Day of the 2009 baseball season. The beginning of a new baseball season is like a premiere, in a way: Anticipation. Expectations. Excitement.

As a kind of tie-in, the good folks at NETA and ITVS have decided to begin offering my (minor league) baseball-themed half-hour film, “Quick Feet, Soft Hands“, to public television stations nationwide this month. (It will be available after April, too.) Some stations (in L.A., Detroit, Pittsburgh, and elsewhere) have already picked it up.

If you’d like to see it broadcast in your area, call or email your station to request it! Here’s how:

To find your station, click on this link to find your station, and search with your zip code. After it shows you the station, click “next” and the website will provide an email and/or phone number for the station.

When you talk with the station you don’t need to make things too complicated — just tell them how you know about the film, and why you’d like to see it.

EDIT: Known screenings are now being listed, as up-to-the-date as is possible, on the QFSH Facebook page.