Tag: Short Films
I’m thrilled to announce that my new short film, Tape Recorder starring Basil Harris and Alycia Delmore will premiere as an Official Selection at the Seattle International Film Festival in May 2014. Specifically, it will be screening Memorial Day, May 26th at 6:30PM as part of the SIFF ShortsFest Closing Night screening. Tickets are available at the SIFF.net Box Office. It’s going to be a great show and to me watching new independent films is really best enjoyed with a crowd so I really hope you can make it. Buy your tickets early, since it’s sure to be a sell-out crowd. I am certainly planning to attend and speak after the screening and I expect the film’s cast and crew will be there too. (continue reading…)
In my previous post on VOD for Independents 2014, I looked at how the landscape of direct VOD platforms had developed over the last year. This is an important topic to many filmmakers considering the jump to VOD sales. I have several films that I want to put in front of an audience and direct VOD seems the obvious way to go (for reasons I’ve discussed in the past few posts on the topic).
After a year of watching VOD platforms and audiences grow, I thought that this was the perfect time to get into the game and launch my best films and videos. Here I’ll share which platforms I chose and why. It was a hard decision. It’s one thing to make a table of each platform’s features and another to commit to all the work it will take to launch a film (let alone the 20+ videos that I am releasing at once, all with collateral images, synopses, etc.) (continue reading…)
People have been asking me how they can get my short film Coffee and Pie. Well I’m very pleased to announce that after countless festivals, several awards, and some really great nominations—like the 2012 Iris Prize—Coffee and Pie is now available to watch on mobile devices via the mobile app Worldwide Movie Theater.
Coffee and Pie is an anti-romantic comedy—a funny look at the end of a relationship that takes a unique turn. The film has strong and hilarious performances by Amy Seimetz, Sophia Takal, and Karen Chamberlain. I may be a bit partial, but I think it’s a must-watch short film.
A new way to watch short films
The Worldwide mobile app is also a pretty cool way to watch movies on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device. You can download the free app (iOS version | Android version) and use it to preview the first few minutes of any of the films.
To watch a film you simply pay $1.99 for each “time zone” (Western, Mountain, Central, Eastern) and you can watch all the films in that time zone group. That’s over 20 films you can watch in the Eastern time zone for less than two bucks. The Western time zone has seven. So that’s a lot of bang for your two bucks!
I love short films—both making them and watching mind-blowing shorts from other filmmakers. Pound-for-pound, short films are my favorite format. I want to make more and see more. Unfortunately, the real world is getting in the way. Even though short films seem like the ideal format for today’s social-media attention spans, they just don’t get made or distributed in a way that lets them be an ongoing, viable art form. So—even though they create a lot of entertainment value for audiences—filmmakers aren’t capturing much meaningful return from that. As a result, filmmakers can only create new short films sporadically or as a brief stop along the way to some other career. If we could find a way to solve this problem, then filmmakers like myself who love the art form could continue making short films that audiences would love and benefit from. Everyone would win.
Well, it’s late May in Seattle, and that means it’s time for the Seattle International Film Festival. And that means you can come hear me talk about filmmaking type stuff.
I’ll be speaking on two panels this year—the short film panel and a panel on web series and such. Come on down. It’ll be like the blog, but with that extra uncensored live-event goodness, I try to shake these panels up, so it should be a good ol’ time. I’m bound and determined to make the Short Film panel very different from those I’ve been on before thanks to my Open Source Short Film Business Plan that I’ll be happy to discuss if anyone is interested.
Here’s the deets:
Friday, May 24, 2013 4:30P-6:00P SIFF Film Center
Come hear me talk about short films and what to do with them with filmmaker pals Lindy & Kris Boustedt and moderator Chris Hammersly. Tall filmmakers also welcome. Drinking optional but encouraged.
Saturday, June 1 10:30A-noon SIFF Film Center
I’ll be chatting with Darlene Sellers (Chop Socky Boom), Matt Vancil (Journey Quest), Vanessa Driveness, and Amy Lillard, moderated by Zombie Orpheus Entertainment’s Tony Becerra. That’s a pretty awesome representation of Seattle’s mighty web series machine. I’ll probably learn more than I teach. (This is not a happy hour event, so any drinking should be done ahead of time.)