Archive for the ‘Distribution & Screenings’ Category

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.

Fat Tuesday: The Order of Myths

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

I’ve been meaning to catch up with The Order of Myths since for about a year now, and tonight is my chance: it premieres on Independent Lens (check local listings). In case you aren’t familiar with its subject, here’s a summary:

Mobile, Alabama threw its first Mardi Gras more than 300 years ago; since then the party has been trying to stay true to tradition. But tradition gets tricky when it comes to race and class.

Separate but unequal royal courts preside—one queen, from a family of outlaw slave traders, the other, a descendent of runaway slaves. Beneath the surface of pageantry lies a complex story about race relations and the ever-present racial divide that persists in America today.

Read more about the TV premiere here. Film website is here.

[hat tip: Agnes Varnum]

Scott Kirsner’s ITVS Case Studies

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Wednesday, 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!