Video Librarian review of For Memories’ Sake

December 22nd, 2010

The Self-Reliant Film DVD of For Memories’ Sake was recently given a nice review in Video Librarian. If you came here via their link, you can purchase the DVD here


Coming out of Hibernation

December 21st, 2010

Winter is normally a time of hibernation, but I’m taking this opportunity to let you know that Self-Reliant Film will be out of hibernation soon after the new year. There’s lots of exciting stuff to report, but until then, stay warm and have a wonderful holiday season!


Quick Feet… on PBS World – July 9.

July 5th, 2010

 

On July 9th my short film Quick Feet, Soft Hands will be on nearly a hundred PBS stations across the country, including stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Boston. If you’ve not already seen it, tune in or set your DVR. Many stations are playing it three or four times throughout the day.

To determine if it will be broadcast in your area — and, if so, which PBS station (many cities have multiple streams) — you can click here and enter your zip code.

Another way is to check is to look at this listing of all PBS World stations. If your city is listed here, then look at that station’s local listings for July 9. Almost all of these will be doing the broadcast.

Here’s the trailer from 2008, when it was about to begin playing on the festival circuit.


 


July 4

July 4th, 2010

The Fourth of July is not only America’s birthday, but also the anniversary of one of the boldest experiments in American letters.

On July 4, 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved into a small cabin near Walden Pond in Massachusetts and began writing “Walden,” the autobiographical book that would define his legacy.

Thoreau was many things – naturalist, political dissident, professional crank – but he was also one of our earliest and most memorable media critics….

Read more here.

 

 


How do you make a filmmaker cry?

July 1st, 2010

It seems like I can’t go a month without hearing that yet another filmmaker I know has lost a project due to having a hard drive fail and not having a back up.

Most recently, it was some kids at a youth video project. Their counselors didn’t back up the kids’ iMovie project file and returned to edit the next day to learn the project was gone. All the editing they had done was lost. A group of budding filmmakers was in tears, the project was in chaos… Talk about an ugly situation!

But worst part is: The counselors knew better. They knew about backing up footage. They just didn’t do it!

C’mon, counselors! What were you thinking!? Do you want to make children cry?

In a bit of inspired timing, Final Cut User linked to this video recently. No, I don’t expect everyone to have the kind of backup system that Chase Jarvis demos. (I sure don’t!) But as Jarvis says at the end of the video, you need something that scales to the work you’re doing.

When was the last time you backed up your data?