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Sundance: Exploring the Implications of Amazon’s New Distribution Play

Earlier this week, Amazon Video Direct (AVD, a department within Amazon focused on self-publishing distribution tools for filmmakers) announced an intriguing new opportunity available to Sundance 2017 feature filmmakers. Dubbed the “Film Festival Stars” program, AVD is offering, in exchange…  Read more

By Jan 20, 2017

Will Streaming Services Gain the Right to Show Films without Licensing?

As Filmmaker recently reported, on January 1 in the U.S. the federal tax incentive program known as Section 181 expired, with little prospect of resuscitation: although the program benefits high net worth individuals like Donald Trump and his advisors, current Republican animosity toward…  Read more

By Jan 11, 2017

How Do You Market a Madman? On the Trailers of Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog in Into the Inferno

“The sun dimmeth, the land sinketh, gusheth forth steam and gutting fire,” rasps Werner Herzog ominously, quoting Norse poetry from the Poetic Edda as bursts of lava erupt onto the screen in the trailer for his latest release, Into the…  Read more

By Dec 5, 2016

In Austin, Building Community While Waiting for Festival Acceptance — or Rejection — Letters

The Rabbit Hunt

Many of our filmmaker colleagues are at this very moment hoping to learn when they will screen their new projects to audiences for the first time. Come January, the semi-official season of festivals kicks off with the Sundance Film Festival…  Read more

By Nov 30, 2016


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