This Saturday, March 14th (Pi Day!) I’ll be moderating a panel discussion at Seattle Web Fest about Platforms and Distribution for Web Series. On the panel will be Peter Gerard of Vimeo, Jason Fischer of Frostbite Pictures and Conrad Rickets of Proven Entertainment. I’m determined to make this a graduate-level discussion—there have been plenty of talks about the basics. I’d like to lead a deeper dive.
I’m excited by all the panels—I’m sure I’ll be an audience member at several others. Mine starts at 5:00PM. You can get tickets and details at the Seattle Web Fest site.
Tape Recorder will be screening next weekend as an official selection at the 10th annual Omaha Film Festival. It’s a wonderful fest and I’m really pleased to be back in it with this short. Full Disclosure won the Best Short Film Award at the very first OFF in 2006. So I was really pleased recently when Jeremy Decker the festival director asked if they could show Full Disclosure again as part of a retrospective of fav films from their first ten years. If you’re in Omaha next weekend, come on down and check out the festival. Here are the screening times:
- Tape Recorder – Short Film Block #7 “Comedy” Sat. 3/14/15 5:00PM Village Pointe Theater #9 (304 N 174th Street, Omaha, NE)
- Full Disclosure – OFF Shorts Retrospective Sun 3/15/15 2:15PM Village Pointe Theater #16 (304 N 174th Street, Omaha, NE)
The Washington legislature is considering Senate Bill 6027– A bill to increase funding for The Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. This is a big ask for our industry. We’re literally asking the state to double-down on its investment in building a film industry here by raising the current cap on productions a little each year until 2022.
If it passes, Washington can remain a player in the location shooting business. We’ll remain small but growing. (Compare this with the massive $330 million annual incentive California just passed.) If not, we’ll have to keep turning away tens of millions of dollars in productions that would like to spend their money on Washington casts, crews, locations, and vendors and in short time the films, TV series, and commercials that have been filming in the state will go to states with incentives to offer. If you are in the business of film in Washington, this should be an important issue to you.
Our small but mighty lobbying team has set up a day for people from the state to meet with our legislators in Olympia and show them that not only is this important to us, but it’s important to A LOT of us. “WA Film Day” is March 17th.
I’ve heard from some colleagues that they want to go but find the idea of talking to their legislators somewhat intimidating. This is natural if you haven’t done it before (and a little quaint once you have because it’s super low key). So I thought I’d share my experience of the nuts and bolts of going to WA Film Day to demystify it a bit. (continue reading…)
Last night, SIFF brought Emily Best to Seattle to talk about crowdfunding for films and my pal Brad Wilke of Smarthouse Creative was able to get me into the sold-out talk. (Thanks to the Seahawks Monday Night Football game and Joe Biden’s traffic-snarling tour of Seattle, there were a few seats still available.)
Emily is the CEO of Seed & Spark, a unique platform for crowdfunding and distributing independent films. While I haven’t done a crowdfunding campaign (yet) I’ve been tutored by the best—Zombie Orpheus Entertainment‘s Ben Dobyns who has the whole Kickstarter thing down to a science. (Seriously, ALL of ZOE’s projects get funded and successfully delivered. I don’t think anyone has a track record like Ben.) Even so, Brad ensured me that I would learn a lot from Emily’s presentation and he was absolutely right.
I’ve spent so much time lately writing about movie matters like VOD that I haven’t written about why movies matter. Which is a shame, because they do matter—in fact, they matter more than ever.