Scott Kirsner’s ITVS Case Studies

January 26th, 2009

A few weeks ago Scott Kirsner blogged about a series of case studies he recently authored regarding independent filmmakers connecting with their audiences. Commissioned by ITVS, the case studies focus on, as Scott puts it,

indie filmmakers who are pioneering new ways to:

– Open up the production process to more audience participation

– Find and connect with new audiences for their work

– Distribute their finished film in new ways.

While all of the case studies focus on documentaries, there are a lot of insights here that are not limited to any one genre. In fact, I’ve made these case studies required reading in the Movie Business class that I teach at Virginia Tech. If you read this blog, chances are they should be required reading for you, too.

Read Scott’s introductory blog post. Or go straight to the case studies.


Inauguration Day

January 20th, 2009

Watching televised coverage of the inauguration, instead of being there, is probably like watching Dick Clark on New Year’s Eve instead of standing in Times Square. The difference, of course, is that today’s party is so historic that you might actually want to tune in.

With just a few hours until the main event, here’s Lifehacker’s Guide to Catching the Inauguration from Anywhere. After reading this, you’ll be able to tell your grandkids, “I remember the day President Obama was elected… I watched it on something called an iPhone.”


Medicine for Melancholy: Screenings

January 14th, 2009

One of my favorite films from 2008, Medicine for Melancholy, opens in New York on January 30. You can also catch M4M at home with IFC In Theaters (Video on demand) starting Feb. 4.

Strikeanywhere, the folks that made MfM, tell me that if you’re a member of FIlm Independent, there are two Spirit Nominee Screenings left that you can catch:

Los Angeles – Sunset 5 – Monday, Jan. 19, 2pm. (MLK day)
New York – Tribeca Cinemas – Wednesday, Feb. 4, 9pm.

One way or another, see it!


Self-Reliant Film on Facebook

January 9th, 2009

Via the new “network blogs” tool Self-Reliant Film can now be seen on Facebook. If you’re on Facebook, click the link above and join the page.

In addition to seeing some of the other readers of SRF, the SRF feed will start broadcasting on Facebook as soon as a four more readers (like you) join up and confirm that I am, in fact, the author.


Back to School Textbooks

January 7th, 2009

Whether you’re a student gearing up for the start of the semester, or someone who’s just looking to develop your talents, a good textbook can come in handy. Amazon.com is running a promotion via their Textbook Store, so I thought I’d link to some of my favorite books. All of the books below are books I’ve either personally assigned as a textbook in my classes, or a book that I’ve recommended multiple times.


Please note: I do get a few pennies for the click-through if you end up purchasing something. Amazon links are my way of keeping this site advertising-free. And remember: If you’re broke you can always try to find these at your nearest public or university library.