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Connecting indies to community – February 2011

As many of you know, I attended Sundance Film Festival this year. I only managed to see 6 films, but one I feel everyone should see is the documentary Hot Coffee – www.hotcoffeethemovie.com – it will be airing on HBO, and I believe the filmmaker is looking into theatrical also, so do yourself a favor and see it!

Since I always feel heartened seeing media make a difference I thought I’d share this great New York Times article about the American Documentary Showcase (which includes Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy) is having an impact overseas:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/movies/16docs.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=movies

Upcoming events:

I will be speaking with Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy at MIT on using media to create change on March 10. Other guests with me may include the Arc of Boston, stay tuned and let me know if you’re in the area and would like to attend. (www.welcomechange.org)

I will be also be attending the Association of Asian Studies conference taking place in Hawaii March 31-April 2! The President, Jeannette Hereniko, and myself will be speaking in a few meetings about AsiaPacificFilms.com and hope to meet up with people! Please visit www.asiapacificfilms.com and let me know what types of curriculum you, or a faculty member you work with, might find beneficial.

I will also be going to the Popular Culture Association conference April 20-23, to be held in San Antonio, TX.

Thanks very much for your support of independent media. If there is a way I can assist you in finding, and/or programming, media content please share!

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Connecting indies to community – January 2011

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I’m very excited to report that Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy has added more international venues! During November and December it screened in Prague, Moscow, and Bangladesh through the American Documentary Showcase! Find out more at www.welcomechange.org

For the first time, I’m attending the Sundance Film Festival. I will be in Park City January 23-30 and if you’re going, or know people/films in the festival that I should see, please do let me know!

Ideas Percolating: As many of you know, I love coffee so had to use the analogy…

Over the past several months I’ve been forwarded many questions about educational marketing and distribution. The questions come from university faculty as well as filmmakers and distributors but they are all curious about the same issues. To save time, and make this journey a little more accessible, I am creating classes that can provide useful information about the subject, along with handouts that can be referred back to afterwards (and will be downloadable at my website). I’m writing one talk that I would do on my own, and another to be done in panel discussion format with other distribution experts (i.e. for home video, online delivery, other functions that I do not handle). The goal is not only to provide guidance to new and emerging filmmakers but also to help make media more accessible to communities that want to use it. Please let me know if this is something that your university or organization would find this useful.

Conferences??? are becoming more important – harder to get to because of expenses but more valuable because of the ability to share information and collaborate regardless of geography. Below are the conferences I plan on attending this year, but I would love to hear from you if there are others you’ve found useful so that I can plan better:

American Library Association – June in New Orleans

Consortium of College and University Media Center – October in Texas – for this event I will be submitting a panel discussion on making media accessible for people with disabilities, join me in hoping that it gets in!

National Media Market – also in October but will be in Las Vegas – but I may end up in China with my homeopathy documentary!

So this month is more about questions than information but I love to encourage the exchange of ideas, and I hope you will participate in that endeavor as well!