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A look at documentary filmmaking practices and how they're evolving
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EXCLUSIVE: San Francisco Film Society Launches New Digital Distribution Lab A2E

EXCLUSIVE: San Francisco Film Society Launches New Digital Distribution Lab A2E | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
On the brink of announcing the full lineup of the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Society has exclusively revealed to Indiewire a new plan for a series of labs designed to help filmmakers release their films...
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The One Question Every Festival Needs to Ask Itself: Why?

The One Question Every Festival Needs to Ask Itself: Why? | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Former Hot Docs Director of Programming, Sean Farnel kicked up a bit of a shitstorm recently by re-igniting the age-old debate on whether festivals should pay filmmakers for playing their films. Soon enough the festival blogosphere raised its head and shot down the argument once again. Tom Hall did a great job of laying out the economic issues faced by all fests. Heather Croall did a good job of bringing up the other value a fest brings to filmmakers, and in a brilliant comment to her post from Nick Fraser, we got some finger wagging at some other culprits in the not-paying-the-filmmaker-

enough arena.

 

But whether or not a festival can or should pay is ultimately just the first question we should ask, and then we should quickly move on to the deeper, thornier questions that might actually lead to some meaningful change. Such as? Well, such as: why have film festivals at all?

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A look at film festivals and their role in the current realm of independent filmmaking.

 

Also worth reading is this thought provoking article from Brian Newman:

 

http://www.sub-genre.com/post/45758149644/hyper-professionalization-and-atrophy-in-indie-film

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VOD for Everyone? Vimeo's Blake Whitman Tells Us About Opening Up Self-Distribution With Vimeo On Demand

VOD for Everyone? Vimeo's Blake Whitman Tells Us About Opening Up Self-Distribution With Vimeo On Demand | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Vimeo's announcement today at SXSW that the company is launching a self-distribution service has the potential to be a major tool for independent filmmakers.
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Welcome to the Golden Age of Cinema | Cultural Weekly

Welcome to the Golden Age of Cinema | Cultural Weekly | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
There's a new Golden Age of filmmaking dawning, the author predicts, driven by new technologies, new business models, and new creative talent. Watch Sundance as as harbinger of change.
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Get on the Doc Bus - A Canadian Exploration of Documentary and Community

Get on the Doc Bus - A Canadian Exploration of Documentary and Community | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

OPEN CINEMA is a community screening program that has been successfully exploring the use of cinema as a tool for community engagement since 2003. Documentary screenings in cafe-style venues are followed by open forum discussion with invited guests on the social justice issues addressed by the film.

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A trip across Canada to help identify and build an alternative screening network.

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Now and Then: What Can We Demand of the Documentary--Subjects, Aesthetics, Goals and Business Models?

Now and Then: What Can We Demand of the Documentary--Subjects, Aesthetics, Goals and Business Models? | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
This year, if you held your ear to the Oscar keyhole and listened hard enough, you might have discerned a slight disquiet. "Very strong category," people were saying about the nominees for Best Documentary Feature.

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Loved Searching For Sugar Man, such an inspirational film and great story. The Invisible War was likewise a compelling story on the current crises within the US military, however, I saw neither in theatres. In fact, the only documentary I was able to see outside of film festivals in theatres this year was Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell. 

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Sundance ’13: Brains and Braun

Sundance ’13: Brains and Braun | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Submarine Entertainment founders Josh and Dan Braun (pictured, left and right) have been behind some of the biggest theatrical doc deals of the past year, repping the directors of hits such as Searching for Sugar Man and The Imposter.
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IFP Distribution Lab Recap: The Final Frontier

IFP Distribution Lab Recap: The Final Frontier | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The Independent Filmmaker Project fosters the development, production and promotion of hundreds of feature and documentary films a year.
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If you are about to get to distribution on a film or just considering your options and strategy, it's worth checking out this article.  

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