Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

Evolve or Die: Nonprofits in the Time of Cyberspace

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Brian Newman’s “first person” piece on indiewire is worth a read. In the essay, Brian asks some tough questions about non-profit organizations (like AIVF) set up to support filmmakers. Below are some excerpts, which I hope will encourage you to read the whole thing:

What filmmakers… need are a community in which to connect, advocacy for policies that affect them, good information they can use, money to make their work, and new ways to distribute it. These can all be found or developed online, and these centers haven’t made the shift. When people try to save AIVF, they are really trying to save the concept of the organization, because these organizations often stopped serving their members real needs long ago….

And later:

…If you want any of these organizations to survive, get involved now — whether through money or just ideas, because otherwise I predict 2006 will be the end of the nonprofit media movement; and if it dies, our culture and our society will be worse for it.

Brian’s most recent blog posting about having an impact with film is a nice companion piece to the indiewire essay.

AIVF: indieWire coverage

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Eugene Hernandez gets the scoop on the AIVF financial crisis in today’s lead story on indieWire.

Meanwhile, on his blog, Eugene is looking for thoughts from filmmakers about the situation.


Monday, March 20th, 2006

I’ve been a member of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers for years, and while my membership has lapsed a few times, I’ve always come back to the fold because the resources they make available to their members have always been a great help.

Now the tables are turned and AIVF needs help (i.e., money). Bad. They’ve let all but two full-time paid staff go. And my sources have told me that if AIVF doesn’t raise some substantial cash (around $75,000) in the next few weeks the organization might be closing its doors for good.

Losing AIVF would be a major loss for the independent filmmaking community so, before I elaborate on the details, here’s the link for donating:



Tax Tips

Friday, March 17th, 2006

While everyone else was in Austin for the launch of South by Southwest last week, I was traveling through Delaware, Virginia, and North Carolina. You might call it South by Southeast. I have lots to report — professional developments, an interview with the guy behind one of my new favorite films of the past couple of years, and other good stuff — but I’m not letting myself write about this stuff until I do my taxes. Ugh.

So, in the interests of procrastination, I have decided to share some tax tips.