All you ever wanted to know about online film distribution at SXSW 2011

Tweet In March 2011 at South by Southwest, one of the coolest film (and music and tech fests) in the U.S. I’d like to share in 60 minutes the essential points of the book I am authoring. I have submitted a panel – Beyond the Box Office: Distributing Your Film Online (I know, creative huh?) What I hope to accomplish This new world of distribution is ever-changing and while in general it’s pretty clear what the impact of these changes will be to large media corporations and content consumers it’s not always clear what the impact will be on independent content creators. What should you as an indie content creator be doing differently? If anyone can answer that question I believe this lineup of panelists can. Their expertise includes: filmmaking, distribution deals, online video, TV Everywhere, connected devices, search engine optimization and mobile marketing. They will provide you with the information you need to use the power of the internet to get people watching your film on their mobile devices, iPads, computers and set-top boxes. The panelists I am hoping to snag Ryan Lawler – He’s currently staff writer for GigaOm and NewTeeVee and can speak to the latest developments in online video, TV Everywhere and connected devices (like set top boxes and internet connected TVs). Miles Maker – A filmmaker and self-described ‘new media maven’, Miles Maker experiments with cutting edge technology to market and distribute his films on a variety of platforms including mobile. He can share his hands-on experience as a filmmaker in this new world of film distribution Orly Ravid – She is the co-executive...

Beyond the Box Office Book: A Guide to Online Film Distribution

Tweet Back in 2007 I had an email exchange with Pete Chatmon about his movie Premium. I was trying to find out where I could see it. As it turned out it wasn’t showing theatrically anywhere near me and I had to wait for it to come out on DVD. So much for instant gratification. At that moment I decided I would write a book for filmmakers on how to make their films available online, at that time the options weren’t as numerous as they are now. I think the time is ripe for a book like this one because there are many more options now for filmmakers and distribution deals haven’t got any better. Later in 2011, I look forward to sharing with you the case studies, the tools and how tos for distributing one’s film online. Stay tuned by signing up...

Whistletree, sad to see you go

Tweet I am really at a loss as to what to do. I have been using this wonderful service called Whistletree to record the interviews for the book on online film distribution Simone Nelson and I are working on. Simone and I are often in different locations for the interviews, plus the interviewee, necessitating a three-way conference. I'm horrible at taking notes so the fact that the calls were automatically recorded made it even better. We typically set the interviews for 30 minutes but they often go over that. It didn't matter where the conversations ended up, whether it was Adam Chapnick of Distribber talking about his daughter's birthday party or filmmaker Josh Raskin talking about his love of baths (long story), because all of this is FREE. So imagine my sadness when I saw the note from Whistletree today saying it was discontinuing its service, PARTICULARLY when I have like 3 more interviews to schedule RIGHT NOW. Here's an excerpt of their email. It is with a heavy heart that we announce Whistletree will be discontinuing our conferencing service. The last day that we will be able to provide conferencing is Monday, May 17, 2010. As many of you are aware, free conferencing services, like ours and others, have become targets in the US for long distance carriers. This has resulted in an increase in connection issues. We addressed these issues by creating and offering a number of customized services. Unfortunately, the issues we are encountering have progressively become an uphill battle. We have been working until the final hour to find a way to continue offering our...