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October 21 at 8:15am

You Now Access Better Actors Than Ever Before For Your Movies


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October 11 at 8:15am

First Feature Preparation? Exactly.


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September 19 at 8:15am

STOP Believing “Build It And They Will Come”

The Field Of Dreams Is Filled With Plenty Of Corn

Jon Kilick and I have a fair amount in common — but we also seem to see the state of the world, or at least our film culture and industry,  in a very different way.

We both also recognize — and encourage others to recognize — some really important things about the film world, namely that this is a great time to be a creator.  We have [...]


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July 30 at 8:15am

How to Make Money in the Age of Abundance, Part 1

Part One: The Stuggles You Are Facing and How You Can Cope

By Jon Reiss

Since the collapse of the traditional distribution for filmmakers in 2007 we as a community have been struggling to figure out new solutions of how to monetize our work – in other words:  how to make money from our content and create a sustainable living.  In this two part series I will reformulate and address some of the problems we are facing – but also present some potential solutions for independent filmmakers.   These thoughts come from a creating a series of new presentations on Artistic Entrepreneurship over the past year that I presented at the recent SFFS A2E Workshop (http://www.sffs.org/Filmmaker360/A2E-Artist-to-Entrepreneur.aspx) and this spring’s IFP Filmmaker Labs (http://www.ifp.org/programs/labs/).   I welcome your comments!

While there were a number of factors that caused an upheaval of the distribution landscape in 2007 and while there have been many positive signs of improvement, filmmakers and all artists still face an enormously changed market for content.

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April 19 at 9:32am

It Was Inevitable I Would Take A Hiatus From Producing Projects

I was forwarded this clip of me yesterday;  I am quite confident is from before I was offered the job to become the Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society.  In it, I am clearly frustrated with the state of the film industry, where I felt I (and my contemporaries) were being rewarded for quantity over quality.  No wonder I accepted the job when it was offered; I had already [...]


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April 1 at 10:11am

A2E = Artist To Entrepreneur THE TIME IS NOW!

Check out IndieWire’s exclusive break here.

And here’s our press release: [...]


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October 25 at 8:29am

ALL Entertainment Should Increase The Current Value Proposition

Chris Dorr’s recent post on MoviePass helped me recognize the world as it truly is today.  It wasn’t MoviePass that I needed to recognize.  It was that the same thing that allowed Independent Film to flourish is the same thing that is now spurring on innovation everywhere.  Once filmmakers stopped asking for permission to tell their stories, the floodgates opened to a far more diverse approach to culture generation.  To the powers that be the end of permission looks like anarchy, but to the leaders to come, this is the stepping stone to necessary change.  And we are seeing that now. [...]


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