Ten glimpses into the crystal ball: the future of documentary

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I’ve been contemplating the evolution of the documentary this summer and I was delighted to see that The MediaGuardian’s recent Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011 coverage includes ten articles providing a refreshing perspective on how documentary makers are finding new ways to reach their audience. These articles provide a view into a crystal ball in which we […]

Making Media Now 2011: Redefining collaboration in a fractured media world

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Making Media Now 2011 is taking place at Bentley College on Friday, May 6, 2011. If you are an independent filmmaker working in the New England area and have not yet registered for this conference, you should seriously consider it. Even at the higher “late late” registration rate (effective until May 4), this event will […]

Distribution U. crash course on Crowd Funding, Audience Building & Distribution

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Distribution U. looks like a wonderful event for independent filmmakers who are trying to figure out the best way to take advantage of the changing distribution landscape. This will be a one-day crash course on the New Rules of Crowd Funding, Audience Building & Distribution and is being held Saturday, November 20th in Los Angeles, […]

Integrating social media into your distribution efforts

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Here are some things you can do to integrate a social media component in your distribution effort. 1. Get your own web site with integrated blogging functionality if you don’t already have one. If your current site does not have a blog, add one. The easy way to get started is to get a blog […]

How does social media figure into the future of documentary film?

If you are planning to attend Podcamp Boston 4 this weekend, I invite you to help answer a question that’s been on my mind during a session I will facilitate on Saturday: How does social media figure into the future of documentary film? @ 2:45 – 3:30 P.M. in the Ballroom on Saturday. Podcamp Boston […]

Fans, friends, and followers

Fans, Friends, and Followers

This week I had a chance to read Scott Kirsner’s new book, Fans, Friends & Followers, which provides a fresh guide to building an audience in the new media landscape. The book starts out by painting with broad brush strokes the challenges artists have faced finding an audience for their work and then outlines what’s […]

Interview with David Redmon and Ashley Sabin about Intimidad

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Back on April 25, 2008 I had the opportunity to talk with filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin after the screening of their film Intimidad, at the Independent Film Festival of Boston. Their new film presents a beautiful and intimate portrait of a struggling family in Mexico. It observes the lives of Cecy and Camilo […]

DIY Days Boston, October 4, 2008 (conference notes, part 3)

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This post concludes my coverage of DIY Days, a conference held in Boston at MassArt on October 4, 2008. Please visit part one and part two if you’ve not already read them. Do keep in mind these notes do not necessarily represent the views of the various speakers at the conference, sometimes it includes my […]