Blog RSS



Independent filmmakers looking for ways to get their content both monetized and in the hands of audiences, Vimeo has just the thing for you! At SXSW 2013, Vimeo announced their new Vimeo On Demand platform, a service that grew from their “Tip Jar” concept. With Vimeo On Demand, any Vimeo PRO member ($199/year) can make their content available for a fee. The filmmaker has ultimate flexibility in setting price, launch date, rental time or download, countries available, etc. iTunes and Amazing offer similar deals to filmmakers, however what is unique for Vimeo On Demand is that Vimeo only takes 10%; the majority of the profit goes to the content creator.
The sound stylists at the Boolean Studio house band (aka Twin Goat) tagged yours truly as part of The Next Big Thing. Briefly, TNBT is a way for writers to promote recent projects by answering a set of standardized questions. Twin Goat thought why not musicians? And why not filmmakers too? Below are the questions I’ve been assigned to answer in regards to the film I’m producing, called Street Fighting Man (w.t.), for your edutainment. Enjoy!

With all the reports filtering back Eastward from the 2013 True/False Film Festival in Columbia, MO as a non-eyewitness I can't really pin down what happened out there, between the game shows, parades, parties and secret screenings and the festival's commitment to questioning the genre line between fact and fiction. Luckily LEF's Executive Director Lyda Kuth was at True/False to take in all the exciting new work that's happening and to applaud LEF grantees Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel in being the recipients of the 2013 True Vision Award

One new element of the festival that caught our attention at LEF was the Neither/Nor screening series, launched this year to provide "a historical overview of films that explore and/or break free of the dubious dichotomy of fact and fiction." The series makes a selection of works that are outside of the fact/fiction divide - films that can be called "Chimeras" after the mythological figure made up of different animal parts.
I recently went to  "Convergence Journalism? Emerging Documentary and Multimedia Forms of News," a discussion with Jason Spingarn-Koff, of the New York Times, and Alexandra Garcia, multimedia journalist at the Washington Post and current Neiman Fellow for journalism at Harvard University. Sponsored by MIT's Open Doc Lab and moderated by Sarah Wolozin, the talk was part of the MIT Communications Forum, an ongoing series of talks held at the MIT Media Lab. Online multimedia journalism is growing and changing by leaps and bounds - there's a lot of room to try out new ways to do the news, and these journalists are experimenting, with successful results. 

New England