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Jack Plotnik at Outfest 2014To follow-up from last week’s 2014 Outfest kickoff, the festival has released a few more interviews from their Meet the Filmmakers series. Outfest asked me to conduct some interviews with some of this year’s filmmakers, allowing a glimpse into the minds of some really interesting directors working today. Including interviews with Marina Rice Bader, Jack Plotnik and Desiree Akhavan, and a compilation video of all their advice for other independent filmmakers. More »

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Our festival run is almost complete and we’re preparing for our imminent online launch. Direct distribution is a moving target, and we’re constantly shifting our release strategy and making adaptations we feel are necessary. Our latest adaptation is going to be making the film available on more than one platform when we release. For this post I’ve also put together the first of three videos from hours of interview footage on the cast & crew’s experience of making Menthol. Click through to keep following along and to watch the video. More »

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Menthol at 18th Sofia International Film Fest

The process of releasing and distributing my first film has been a challenge, and as we enter the last month or so of pre-release work I will be sharing more a long the way. In the previous two posts in this series I talked about cutting a trailer and shared philosophical ramblings after our world premiere. In this post, I’m gonna talk about our international premiere experience, putting on our own screenings and preparing for the next steps before release. Hit the jump to read more. More »

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2013 Sundance Shorts TourIn case you weren’t at Sundance last year (like most of us), they’re now bringing 8 short films from the 2013 festival to audiences around the U.S. in the form of a 93 minute program. Has the comparison between indie filmmakers and touring musicians been made enough yet? Well, the proof is in the pudding — and these shorts are hitting the proverbial (and literal) road!  Hit the jump for tour dates and details. More »

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Hills Green

Canadian filmmakers Ryan Glover and Krista Dzialoszynski talked to No Film School earlier this year about making their micro-budget feature film Hills Green. With the film’s release on iTunes today, I decided to bring them back to briefly talk about their festival expectations, distribution strategies and their long road to releasing on iTunes. More »

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Many of you have probably been to a film festival at some point, and there’s a good chance you’ve either been a part of, or witnessed, a Q&A after the screening. I myself have done both — though I’ve been to more than I’ve actually been involved in — and they tend to range from fantastic to cringe-worthy. It’s not easy doing one well, and even more importantly the success of that Q&A may actually affect the future of your film. That’s why Scott Macaulay over at Filmmaker Magazine has put together a list of 12 things that directors can do to “ensure that their festival Q&As are as charming, thoughtful and inspiring as possible.” More »

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The Sundance Institute recently announced the 2013 festival lineup, complete with shorts and features from the far-end of challenging and experimental work, all the way to more mainstream-oriented pieces featuring a number of Hollywood regulars. For the first time ever, the festival received over 12,000 submissions — with 4,044 of those being feature film or documentary submissions, which outdoes last year’s total by only 2 (whereas 2012 saw an increase of 6% from 2011). This isn’t the only unique or buzz-worthy news about the upcoming festival, however. More »

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This weekend’s Vimeo Festival + Awards has been jam-packed with screenings, panels, and workshops (you can follow the goings on with the Twitter hashtag #vimeofest). I’m just now breaking out the laptop, however, for the Ted Hope/Brian Newman panel Making it Happen. Here, then, are some notes from the panel. More »