Thursday Links

The voting for South by Southwest presentation proposals ends tonight.  If you haven’t voted yet, I’d really appreciate your vote for my presentation on film blogging.   Thanks to everyone who has voted and commented so far.  I really appreciate it.  Now, here are some of my recent film and media reads:

  • First, the Nielsen Wire’s latest Three Screen Rpeort, tracking viewing practices across TV, the internet, and mobile screens.  What seems notable to me, among other things, is that TV consumption remains high but that viewers are increasingly likely to multitask, or watch multiple screens at once.  In fact, 57% of respondents report watching TV and going on the internet simultaneously at least once a month (and to be honest, I’m a little surprsied that number isn’t higher).  One other surprising detail, at least from my perspective: “Short form video (such as YouTube clips) still makes up the lion’s share of online video viewing – 83% in May 09 – while name-brand TV network content comprises the majority of mobile video viewing.”
  • The Hollywood Reporter has an article discussing plans to premiere Sally Potter’s latest film, Rage, in a series of seven episodes distributed via mobile phones, followed by a multiplatform, multiterritory release later in September.  I’m happily stuck in the Dark Ages when it comes to my mobile, but I’m intrigued by the attempts to reach audiences via multiple platforms and media.
  • Anne Thompson reminded me of Wired’s declaration that we are enteraing a moment in which (some) consumers may be privileging “cheap and simple” rather than cutting edge technologies.  Although Wired overstates the case, declaring this shift a “revolution” (how many tech “revolutions” do we need anyway? maybe one per month just to keep people buying magzines?), as Thompson observes, this osunds like one possible reason for the recent success of companies like Redbox.
  • The Hollywood Reporter also announces that YouTube is considering entry into streaming movie rentals (a la the Netflix Watch Now player). NewTeeVee has further information, including speulation that rentals would cost $3.99 per movie.  Not much to add here, other than to point out that we’ll continue to see quite a bit of experimentation in terms of how content is delivered.  Interesting to see YouTube potentially enter the world of paid content, though.
  • An IFC blogger, Vadim Rizov, has a somewhat more cynical take on Sundance’s announcement to launch “Next,” a series of 6-8 low-to-no budget films designed to counteract the belief that festival has become increasing driven by major indie fare and possibly to compete with SxSW’s rep in fostering the growth of Mumblecore.  I do think that some of Rizov’s skepticism is fair, especially if the “Next” program essentially isolates these films form competition for major awards, even if I think his dig on Miranda July is a little unfair. But it’s a pretty clear admission by Sundance that their programming is beginning to appear increasingly stale. Karina has some further details.
  • Finally, Scott Rosenberg notes that the blog publishing software, Blogger, just turned ten, and offers some interesting numbers regarding the continue role of blogging in online culture.


  1. dave Said,

    September 3, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

    “Next” is a brilliant way for Sundance to get an extra 500 crap submissions this year, and interesting how it was announced barely days before the normal deadline passes. Let me do the math… 500 x $100 (late deadline) = $50,000. That ain’t no chump change.

  2. Chuck Said,

    September 3, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

    That’s another reason to be cynical.

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