Four Walling a Movie

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The absolute, must-read article of the week is “Disrupted: Indie Filmmakers” from Brian Newman at Sub-Genre . The week isn’t over yet, but the article that shows how popularity on YouTube has sidestepped the traditional indie film festival track will be tough to beat. It may sound a bit counter-intuitive because videos that get millions of views on YouTube are How To Videos and shots of cats wearing monocles and stuff, but there are a handful of popular users that are translating a massive subscriber list (and an even bigger amount of views) into funding through KickStarter (the above image comes from Video Game High School) and IndieGoGo to raise funds for more projects. Meanwhile, filmmakers trying to find funding are still going through festivals like Sundance and, often, falling short. It’s a fascinating theory because it seems plausible. It might not make immediate sense that making mash-ups and quirky spoofs could lead to big screen bliss, but all the elements are there.


Darren Bousman Interview

Calling in from a dirty van somewhere in the American south, Darren Bousman speaks with the kind of quiet calm that has seen the heights of horror success and the self-made sweat of passion projects being wrung out in the system. It’s half electricity, half exhaustion. His latest flick 11-11-11 hit DVD yesterday, and watching the film, it’s easy to climb inside the writer/director’s own struggles with faith and depression. He’s a remarkably open filmmaker, sharing his personal feelings (no matter how dark) with his fans, never sparing the emotional details. Fortunately, it’s that incredibly candid spirit that comes alive in this conversation. From the bloodiness of the Bible to why 11-11-11 wasn’t his finest hour to the thrills of taking his Devil’s Carnival on the road, Bousman is as blunt as they come. Download This Interview



Despite promising a public auction to sell Red State after its screening at Sundance, Kevin Smith instead announced that he was planning all along to release the film himself by four walling it on a national (or as national as demand would allow) tour starting in March. Smith’s condemnation of the studio system’s releasing monopoly rang true, but the self-distribution model has never been a consistent method for making money off movies. Unless you have a built-in, massively loyal fanbase. In fact, you can check out if he’s coming to your town or request that he do so (like your own human Netflix) at Red State‘s official site. Looking into a crystal ball, Kevin Smith is going to succeed here monetarily. Even if he inflates ticket prices, he’s basically selling a Night With Kevin Smith and Red State – promising that fans will be able to see his film and then ask him dumb questions about what Prince smells like or why there wasn’t a giant mechanical spider in Red State. [First Showing]

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published: 01.28.2015
published: 01.28.2015
published: 01.28.2015
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