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Archive for September, 2013

Is Vimeo’s $10,000 Advance for Digital Exclusives a Good Deal for Filmmakers?

by on Sep.03, 2013, under Distribution

Services like Vimeo's new Vimeo On Demand will change everything for independents.  Eventually.

Vimeo is putting its money where its mouth is and offering TIFF premieres a $10K advance.

According to stories in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Vimeo will offer advances of $10,000 to any of the 146 world premiere films screening in the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in exchange for a brief exclusive period of exclusive VOD rights on their Vimeo on Demand platform.  This continues Vimeo’s push to market itself as a destination for exclusive independent film content that it began at SXSW in announcing the Vimeo on Demand service and acquiring Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s).  Is this a good deal for independent filmmakers?

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Screenplay Reading: POWDER RIVER

by on Sep.01, 2013, under Screenwriting

Thurs. Sept. 19, 2013 6:30PM SIFF Film Center (305 Harrison St./Seattle Center)

Thurs. Sept. 19, 2013 6:30PM SIFF Film Center (305 Harrison St./Seattle Center)

I’m excited to announce a reading of my screenplay Powder River on September 19th, 2013 as part of the Seattle International Film Festival’s Catalyst program by some of Seattle’s most talented actors.

Powder River is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth set during what was probably the last great range wars of the American Old West, the War on Powder River.  I love great westerns and this story in particular since the War on the Powder River is widely seen as the event that ended the Mythic West and ushered in the modern age.  Stories at the cusp of two ages offer so much opportunity for drama and there are several uncanny similarities between the actual events of the War on the Powder River (also called the Johnson County War) and the story of Macbeth.

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