Somewhere between 1997 and 2001 in Seattle, I saw a 1 or 2 hour independent film on TV at a friend's place. The subject was a man who wanted to row a small boat across a series of lakes and rivers somewhere in northern Canada. He traveled alone and filmed himself. I don't remember enough nor know enough about Canadian geography to say much more about the location. [more inside]
So how exactly do straight-to-DVD movies make a return on investment these days? [more inside]
How do I find narratively sound scripts to produce in the Triangle area of North Carolina? (Writers need not be local). [more inside]
What grants and other financing options exist for very independent narrative films? [more inside]
Foreign Movie Filter: I need help remembering the name of a movie I saw at the Verzaubert festival in Berlin in November 2006. I know that it involved a wedding where the Bride did not show up and it ended with 5 people living in a polymorous relationship. Massive details below the fold. [more inside]
Film festivals: how to do it? [more inside]
I'm trying to figure out the name of a short film that aired on IFC this year (don 't know month). I think it was russian (it was definitely not in english). It was about a group of young boys. One of the boys decides he the antichrist (or a demon, im not positive) and does various activities to demonstrate that he is in fact what he claims to be. The whole group of boys seem to go along with the antichrist boy, except for one who is a little freaked out by it. The antichrist boy targets the freaked out boy, making him do horrible things or he will kill him. I recall a scene where the antichrist boy makes the freaked out boy push a bicycle up a crazy mountain with a lot of wait on it (it might of been all of the children weighing it down?). There was a scene where an animal is brutally killed. Another scene featured blood that the boys drank from a goblet (not sure about the goblet part). I think the final scene had something to do with the antichrist boy being burried alive. If someone could identify the film and produce the title, I would be quite greatful.
I make independent films and distribute them myself. I've started sending my movies to independent video rental stores around the country. I've sent my movies to I Luv Video in Austin, Scarecrow Video in Seattle, Video Underground and Hollywood Express in Boston, Acme Video in Providence, and others. What are the best independent video rental stores in your city? Don't say Netflix.
I want my film listed on IMDb. I've tried and failed. The title gets lost in a dead letter office while I'm supposed to come up with "relevant information" without being told what information that could be. [more inside]
What are the challenges that independent filmmakers + people working in the industry (actors, crew, etc) face today? What tools do you use currently for the different stages of your production? What do you like about them, what do you wish for? [more inside]
My friend and I are looking at HDV cameras and trying to decide right now between Panasonic's HVX200, Canon's XL H1, Sony's V1U, and JVC's HD110U (an upgrade of the HD100U, I believe). We're leaning toward the HD110U because of what we've seen of its picture quality, ability to switch lenses, and reported ease of use. Which one should we buy, what are the pros and cons? [more inside]
Can you identify this obscure American independent film? It aired seemingly incessantly on IFC circa 1998-1999, and at the time seemed to be of recent vintage. It was shot entirely in black and white, and concerned a love triangle between a dissolute art photographer recently returned to New York City, his jaded, long-suffering wife, and the teenage girl both of them are sleeping with. The girl convinces her wealthy parents to bankroll a show of the photographer's work, which they are dismayed to discover at the show's opening consists almost entirely of naked pictures of their daughter. I should hasten to add that this was not an especially good movie.
Movie Question: An indie movie I saw on the Independant Film channel in the States, in 1996. Once I found it on IMDB, and then lost it again. Teenage prank in small town Minnesota. Fake a gang shooting. More inside [more inside]
What is the best way to raise money for the production of an independent movie?