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Jon Reiss no film school interviewUnless you are the 0.0005 percent of filmmakers who got picked out of the line-up of would-be Hollywood auteurs, you should stop thinking of ‘entrepreneur’ as a dirty word, and start thinking about how to find your audience yourself. That’s what producer/director Jon Reiss suggests, and he’s carved a living in independent film since, well, before the Internet. In the No Film School video interview below, Jon Reiss talks about anything from a filmmaker’s goals dictating a release strategy, to making music videos with Danzig and Trent Reznor, to the interactive theatrical experiences of his latest indie sequel Bomb It 2. More »

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Bomb It 2To what lengths would you go to get the shot you want? This question is one I’m sure we are all regularly asking ourselves, and I speculate it was one that independent filmmaker Jon Reiss asked himself often while making his guerrilla-style documentaries about indigenous street art from around the world. In his latest film, Bomb It 2, which is currently on Kickstarter, Reiss traveled  all across the globe with consumer gear, capturing the work and process of a wide variety of graffiti artists from places like Bangkok, Tel Aviv, and Copenhagen (just to name a few.) Reiss shared with us what it’s like to be a guerrilla filmmaker — globetrotting alone with little equipment, getting into sticky situations, but ending up with a film to be proud of. More »

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This is a guest post by filmmaker/author Jon Reiss, whose brand new co-authored book Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul is 100% free (until the end of September) and 100% essential reading for filmmakers. Seriously: do not miss this book.

Two years ago I wrote a book Think Outside the Box Office which is a nuts and bolts guide to direct distribution and marketing for films that I wish I had when I released my feature Bomb It (about graffiti and street art all over the world). Last week marked the launch of Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul  (SYFWSYS) a book that I wrote with Sheri Candler and The Film Collaborative – which is available for free digitally until October 1 and also available in paperback.   SYFWSYS includes marketing and crowdfunding strategies, distribution spends, community building and detailed ancillary and digital distribution numbers for the following films: Ride The Divide, The Cosmonaut, The Best and The Brightest, Sita Sings the Blues, Note by Note, Bass Ackwards, Adventures of Power, American: The Bill Hicks Story, Undertow, For the Bible Tells Me So, and the webseries PioneerOne. What follows is an excerpt from one of my chapters in the book about the release of a film Ride the Divide. More »

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I’ve been waiting for this one for quite some time, and after flipping through it quickly, it looks to be an absolutely essential read for filmmakers. I’m talking about the free eBook Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul, which is presented by Prescreen and is co-authored by full-service indie nonprofit The Film Collaborative, filmmaker and distribution guru Jon Reiss (I called his first book [easyazon-link asin="098257620X"]Think Outside the Box Office[/easyazon-link] a “great gift for filmmakers“), and marketing strategist and social media expert Sheri Candler. It’s available in several eBook forms, including for iPhone, Kindle, Nook, and of course PDF. It’s free until October 1st. Go get it now. Or watch the trailer: More »

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Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul is a free, awesome-looking eBook coming in September from some heavy-hitters in the indie film scene. The book is a series of case studies that “dive deep into the real numbers and real details of independent film distribution,” and will be released free in September during Independent Film Week here in New York — when I’ll be taking meetings about my first feature film, Man-child. You may have heard of it? I just launched a Kickstarter campaign and I’m counting on your support! How’s that for an example of selling my film without selling my soul?!? Check out the book’s video trailer: More »