Friday Links, Part Two

Here are the rest of those links.  Busy day for me in the blogosphere:

  • David Poland has an interesting post reporting that the American Film Institute (AFI) has decided to make their tickets available for free.  Poland notes that many major festivals provide so many tickets to sponsors, the press, and others that “festivals only have so many tickets to sell to ‘regular’ people.”  Add to that the costs of setting up a ticket-distribution system, and it makes sense to give away tickets rather than charging.  I’ve recently become interested in the changing role of teh film festival in the age of media convergence, so I’ll be interested to see how this story plays out.  And like him, I think it’s a pretty exciting move.
  • On a related note, TicketLeap is attempting to make it easier for do-it-yourself and indie filmmakers and exhibitors (among others) to distribute tickets online.  It’s new product, Anywhere, “allows organizers of events – big or small – to facilitate the online handling of ticket sales at the venue door or when talking to customers on the phone” (via TechCrunch).  The big bonus here, apparently, is that Anywhere would allow customers to sell tickets with their own computers to sell tickets, although some additional equipment may be needed (such as a barcode scanner).  I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how useful such a tool would be for DIY filmmakers, but it is worth knowing about.
  • Both Jim Emerson and JessicaClark point to the Internet Meme widget found on Dipity.  For those of us who study internet video and memes, this looks like a really useful tool in tracking that history. But it’s also a lot of fun, and  surprisingly nostalgia-inducing (here’s a history of the “Shining” meme, for example).
  • The IFC Daily has a round-up of reviews of Gary Hustwit’s documentary about industrial design, Objectified, one of my favorite films at this year’s Full Frame (and one that seems even more impressive as I look back on it).  Hustwit is incredibly skillful at introducing experts discussing key ideas about everyday life–typefaces, urban design–and introducing them in an entertaining and accessible way.
  • Also from The Daily, discussion of Kiry Dick’s latest documentary, Outrage, which turns its lens on the hypocrisies closeted gay politicians who campaign on family-values platforms.  Given the number of states that have recently moved to legalize gay marriage (go Maine!), this is obviously a timely film.  A number of the links, including this NPR interview, address the ethics of “outing” closeted gay politicians in order to make Dick’s political point.  Also worth noting” Dick’s interview with Filmmaker Magazine’s Nick Dawson on two issues that are engaging me right now: the future of documentary and th definition of activist documentary.

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