Finding Soul at U.S. in Progress at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival

(left to right) Marie Zeniter, Ula Śniegowska, Adeline Monzier, Chantal Lian.(left to right) Marie Zeniter, Ula Śniegowska, Adeline Monzier, Chantal Lian.

Bonjouring my way down the Champs-Élysées, I arrive at Ladurée, a Parisian bakery nearly as iconic as the Arc de Triomphe. I sit among film distributors and we are presented with food almost too pretty to eat. We are in…  Read more


Kickstart Frederick Wiseman’s In Jackson Heights


The great documentarian Frederick Wiseman has turned to Kickstarter to complete his latest sweeping portrait, this time of the titular Queens neighborhood, In Jackson Heights. Wiseman is currently whittling down 120 hours worth of rushes to complete the finished product, which is set…  Read more


“The Need to Crowdfund is a Major Curse, Indeed”: The Yes Men on the Changing Funding Landscape

The Yes Men are RevoltingThe Yes Men are Revolting

Over at the Creative Capital blog, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno of the Yes Men have posted a sober essay about the changes they’ve seen in the documentary funding landscape since 2000, when they received one of the organization’s first grants…  Read more


Popularity Mechanics: A Beginner’s Guide to Curmudgeonly Crowdfunding


Randy Mack is in the final three days of his Kickstarter for his New Orleans-set Laundry Day, and with roughly three grand to go, he lets loose with an acerbic howl against the indignities of crowdfunding that, he hopes, might…  Read more