Monday Links

Gearing up for this year’s SCMS conference in Philadelphia. The paper I’m presenting–on internet film distribution–is basically done, so this year hopefully I won’t be hastily writing in the hotel bar minutes before my presentation as I had to do at one conference a few years ago. I know that some of my regular readers will be attending the conference, so hopefully I’ll have a chance to run into some of you at the conference. I know that there is some discussion of a Dr. Mabuse meetup, but haven’t heard anything official about a time or place. On a side note, here’s some of what I’ve been reading and watching now that midterm grades are turned in:

  • Loading the Playlist for Your Future: Via Brave New Films, the website, Hillary Speaks for Me, which allows Hillary Clinton supporters to upload 30-second videos explaining why they think she should be our next president. Obviously, it would have been better for Clinton had the site launched somewhat earlier, but it looks like a cool way to tap into all of those hip young videomakers like Jack Nicholson.
  • Ominous Narrators: Andy Cobb has a sharp parody of those “Red Phone” ads that the candidates been airing (Clinton’s 3 AM ad is especially bad). It’s a little dispiriting to see all of the presidential candidates playing the fear card yet again, and Cobb’s response to that is pretty effective (h/t techPres).
  • An interesting interview with Chicago 10 director Brett Morgen. Morgen has some interesting things to say about the Oscar nominating process and, more importantly, the reception of his documentary, which makes extensive use of rotoscoping animation (a la Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly and Waking Life) . Given the intensity surrounding the Democratic nominating process, Chicago 10 looks like an incredibly timely film.
  • Ana Domb has a blog post on From Here to Awesome, one of the more enticing online distribution models out there.
  • An interesting NYT article on the viability of the DVD as a format. The article suggests, among other things, that DVD sales are starting to lag, with the internet seen as a major culprit.
  • In an article for FlowTV, Alisa Perren takes on the genre I love to hate (or hate to love): the quirky indie. But she turns some of the cynicism directed at the genre on its head by attaching the sentimentality of films like Juno with a certain presidential candidate.


  1. Jeni Thornley, Sydney Australia UTS Said,

    March 4, 2008 @ 6:04 am

    The paper you presented at SCMS on internet film distribution – is it available? any good URL links to overview perspectives on internet distribution of documentary with $returns to the filmmaker?

    cheers Jeni

  2. Chuck Said,

    March 4, 2008 @ 9:33 am

    Jeni, thanks for your interest in my talk. Procrastinator that I am, I’m still writing it. I think that most filmmakers are still learning about whether online distribution is viable or not (or more precisely, how to make it viable). I’ll try to remember to link a couple of articles here in the comments as I find them.

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