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May 15 at 8:15am

10 Ways Technology Altered My Filmmaking Process

I am not sure cell phones have really helped because I used to be able to always be on set.  When cell phones came along, the producer was always on the phone.  Sure schedules used to be done by hand.  Nothing was wireless.  But what was it that helped make movies more efficiently or creatively?  What were the big advances that I can recall?  Did they all actually help? Did some hurt? [...]


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December 26 at 8:30am

The Really Bad Things In The Indie Film Biz 2012

I can’t always be optimistic.  My apologies.

I did start this HopeForFilm / TrulyFreeFilm blog in the hopes that community action could improve things for us all.  My original lists of 75 problems of indie film remain relevant, alas; and with this latest addition we are almost at 100 such challenges.

But don’t be bummed, every problem is an opportunity, right?  To quote the great Walt Kelly of Pogo:  “We are surrounded by unsurmountable opportunities.”  We just need the will, the strength, the hope, and the power to change them.  12 Steps to progress?

I admit, even blessed by my last name, even I can’t be always be optimistic, at least not if I want to also speak the truth. Sometimes throwing a brick is an act of love; you know what I mean?  And granted I’ve thrown a lot of bricks at this indie film thing. What can I say?  There’s a great deal really wrong with our culture these days and a hell of a lot that can hurt our business.  We have to work together if we want to build it better.

Let’s get started and call these “opportunities” out (in no particular order); maybe they are not so unsurmountable after all: [...]


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December 24 at 9:15am

Why Go DRM-Free? 6 Reasons To Start

We want to make sure you have the best gift in the best form to give all your friends, family, and loved ones this holiday season.  That’s why we put DARK HORSE up in a DRM-free form.  You can order it now right here.  We respect you — and we want you to still love us in the morning after the magic of the first time has gone.  Get up and ride again.  Giddyapp!

It makes me wonder: when will DRM-free be the usual way?  Sure you can get Dark Horse on iTunes or on Amazon but why not order it in a form that you can put on all your devices.  You know you will want to watch it again and again.

Here’s 6 reasons why everyone should release there work DRM-free:

  1. -DRM is a false sense of security.  People that are determined to not pay for your film will find a way, no matter what restrictions you put in place.   [...]


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December 16 at 3:43pm

Ask Me Anything: Wed 12/19 at 1PM EST

In celebration of DARK HORSE’s Online VOD (via VHX) release, some of the actors & I are doing a AMA (AskMeAnything) via Reddit on Wed 12/19 at 1PM EST. Please get your questions ready and join in.

We are on the schedule here: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/

The film will be available online at $9.99 starting Wednesday. DRM free. Perfect Holiday gift!

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June 10 at 10:30am

A Wonderful Round-up Of DARK HORSE Cricket Love

You have a baby. You think it is beautiful. You watch it walk out into the world the proud father, but as it steps down the path a bully or two throws some bricks. He gets fired from a job. Maybe crashes a car. Gets dumped. Makes you wonder if you are delusional. Maybe he is sorta of ugly after all? But the nice thing about producing movies, is after you unleash your hard work on the festival circuit, you get another chance when you release it to real audiences. Sure we had some mixed reviews, but we also got a HUGE AMOUNT OF LOVE. And we were the #1 per screen box office average of all debuting films. Our little pony “trounced” the competition.

Can’t help but notice some trends. All three outlets that dare to feature our city’s name as theirs in full, share the same recognition: go see the movie. That’s The New York Times, The New Yorker, and New York Magazine. Here at the pony rides, we call that a Dark Horse New York Trifecta Of Love.

Also check out how both the legendary stalwarts renown for their general dislike of most cinematic output, Mr. Hoberman & Mr White, also agree that you should saddle up to the Solondz corral. ’nuff said.

NEW YORK TIMES, by AO Scott
http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/06/08/movies/todd-solondzs-dark-horse-stars-jordan-gelber.html
‘Mr. Solondz brilliantly — triumphantly — turns this impression on its head, transforming what might have been an exercise in easy satirical cruelty into a tremendously moving argument for the necessity of compassion.’

NEW YORK MAGAZINE, by David Edelstein
You should see it not just for the sake of Solondz and Hope, but for the sake of American independent cinema. It’s that vital.’
http://hollywoodandfine.com/reviews/?p=5033 [...]


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June 8 at 6:00pm

Love All The DARK HORSE Love

And by LOVE I mean celebrity Twitter Love…


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June 8 at 4:00pm

Come See DARK HORSE (And Win A Chance To Have Dinner With Todd Solondz)

See Dark Horse THIS WEEKEND and you could earn a dinner for 2 with Director Todd Solondz!

For your chance to enter, simply buy a ticket to any screening of Dark Horse the Angelika between Friday 6/8 and Sunday 6/10. After the film, leave your ticket stub and email address in the box next to the poster in the Angelika’s main lobby. Two lucky recipients will be picked at random to have dinner for themselves and one guest!

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