Funny thing happened along the way to the NMFF Web Series Audience Choice Awards…

It seems like a long time in the making… but when you’re working with a live film festival that has two events a year (Los Angeles and San Francisco) you want to get as much exposure for the content creators as you can… you learn a lot about the community at large and what you can do to make the next round even better.

Our goal originally was to help web series creators showcase their series in an online Festival that was an IMDb qualifier to help them get credits while participating in the festival. We created a specially branded webpage for each series with keywords, branding, contact info and links back to their website, Facebook and Twitter pages right on it and a player that had all their episodes in order. This model is a win-win for the series creators – they get new people to discover their content during the course of the online voting time period, Mingle Media TV promotes them on a regular basis for votes on Twitter, Facebook and their website, the content creators get their fans to support them, they get IMDb credits, exposure in a film festival dedicated to new media, a chance to be screened at the festival, and they get the views on their YouTube channel.

This year we had 57 entries from five countries – not bad for our first year. But we also saw that many entrants just put their series in and really never promoted it for voting. If it is just to get the Laurels for entering – that’s disappointing. We also saw that many creators who are not very Internet savvy, missing out on the benefits of participating in the retweeting and reposting of our promotion. In fact, we even saw some of their fans complaining that we were promoting the series they LIKED on Facebook…

On My Soapbox

Yes, I'm on my Soap Box...

One of the many benefits of creating indie content online is that you can do what you want…. no restrictions by ratings organizations. Same with film festivals – you meet their criteria, you get exposure and who knows what else. Mingle Media TV is an online, interactive TV Network – yes, I said TV. As a society we are programmed with the terms “Movies & TV” for entertainment. As a marketing expert, you learn that you brand and message to the lowest common denominator – so making up new ways to describe what you’re doing doesn’t work unless people adopt it globally. Think Xerox versus copier, Kleenex versus tissues, Bandaid versus adhesive strip – great examples of how a brand became the thing – and is used as a global term. The world is changing and the convergence of mainstream TV shows streaming through the Internet is happening now.

Indie web series creators have been here for a long time – especially considering the Internet is so new. Creators have had the home field advantage and only a few of them have grasped the reality of the need for audience, marketing, branding and building community. Creating for art or yourself and not caring if you are adopted by the masses or found is totally fine. However, most creators want to have that audience reach and have sponsors and compete with mainstream TV shows. But they lack in the basics of the medium they have chosen to publish to.

In the past several months, I have been working with Rich from Web Series Network to try to help creators with these issues, education. Much to my dismay, many of the complaints on why more creators and producers are not joining in is no time or money. Then why complain about not having an audience – this is not the Field of Dreams, if you build it they will come…. I have also been slammed for not doing it for free? Really? Everything you need to know about SEO, promoting and marketing your content is available with a GOOGLE SEARCH, so why should I give away my time and knowledge if there’s nothing in it for me? On top of all we do at Mingle Media TV for our community members, asking for more free for those who are not members of our community is pretty insulting. We partner with Slebisodes.com to hold a weekly #WebSeriesChat and share ideas and interview hot web series creators to help open up dialog and community, I am a regular participant at the Web Series Network, I am a regular speaker at industry events, sharing my knowledge and we promote webseries at premieres, festivals and yet… there are a few voices who feel that I should not be charging for what I know. (funny cause there are several others out there who do and you don’t seem to be saying anything to them…. wonder why?)

We are on Internet time people, and while you are sitting back and spouting off more excuses why you cannot promote, market or build audience rather than just digging in and setting goals and making it happen… the rest of the world including traditional TV are moving into your HOOD and they are taking YOUR audience. Wonder why no one finds you… you are not doing anything. Personally speaking, when someone tells me I can’t do it or won’t be successful at it… I set my mind to showing them how wrong they are…. what does hearing that do to you??

Business of Web Series Boot Camp

Business of Web Series Boot Camp

Mingle Media TV Network will be offering several boot camps starting the first of June through their newest division: The Business of Web Series. These bootcamps will be offered to the series who are hosted on Mingle Media TV as well as the series who enter the next round of competition for the New Media Film Festival. We also offer our services for a fee –  and guess what, we get paid fees by TV shows and other new media producers to create winning programs for them…. That’s how we survive without trying to make pennies on banner ads (ever wonder why we don’t have “ads on our site”???  – cause we monetize smartly).

With that said – we want to make this next year of competition that much better for new media producers – web series creators and we are going to start with our Business of Web Series Boot Camp program. We are all about positive change and helping the community, but we are also about doing it on our terms and with those who want to participate in a program that will help them secure their place on the Internet.

Don’t forget  – today is the last day to vote for the 21 finalists in the 1st Annual Audience Choice Awards in the New Media Film Festival Sponsored by Mingle Media TV Network… vote 1 time per series… support your community. Winners announced at the festival red carpet on the 20th LIVE streaming on Mingle Media TV.

***Media Alert – New Media Film Festival Red Carpet Opening May 20th***

Who
2nd Annual New Media Film Festival featuring the best creative content crossing screens from silver to mobile. The New Media Film Festival is an IMDb qualifier festival helping filmmakers with distribution, monetization and exposure to a wider audience while being judged by top industry leaders.

What
The 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival has over $12,000 in prizes and a wide variety of categories for filmmakers to submit to, the Festival highlights the winners in a “Best of” tour while curating their content for future reference and other opportunities. Industry support for the festival include entertainment and technology professionals from Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar, Summit Entertainment, and United Talent Agency to name a few.

Opening night of the festival on Friday will include a Red Carpet LIVE streamed on STICKAM.com produced and hosted by Mingle Media TV Network along with 3D Opening Night Screenings Presented by PGA New Media Council & International 3D Society. Saturday’s festival events will include industry panels and screenings from Apps, Digital Comics, Animation, Web Series, Documentaries, Shorts, LGBT, Shot on Red, Music Videos, Socially Responsible Content and closing night events and screenings.

Where
Los Angeles Film School | 6363 Sunset Boulevard | Hollywood, CA 90028
www.lafilm.edu (877) 952-3456

When
Friday, May 20th  2011
6:00 PM Red Carpet Starts
7:00 PM  3D Opening Night Screenings

Saturday, May 21st 2011
9:30 AM Opening
8:45 PM Closing Feature Film
10:30 PM Awards Ceremony

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1235885567

Contact / RSVP
For Talent Submissions or for Media Credentials, please contact the following: Jennifer Connor, Jennifer@mmtvnproductions.com or Leslie Harris pr@keypractices.com

For more information about the festival and panels please visit:
http://www.newmediafilmfestival.com

Content Farm, Scraper Site or Community? Who’s Getting Paid for Your Content Web Series Creators?

Mingle Media TV Network is a member of the online web series community. We support web series, produced, live and have our entertainment reporting division where we cover festivals, red carpets, premiere’s and so on. We have grown our community online to support creators and we co-host weekly #WebSeriesChat with @Slebisodes and we participate in seminars and events held by WebSeriesNetwork.

We have LIVE web talk shows that are in their second year of production with a huge online audience and national sponsors. We are working with and will be rolling out a new program for web series producers to help them build and fund their series later this spring.

What we don’t do is TAKE your content off the web and promote it to bring traffic to our site. We ask you if we can host your series (curate it) we add you to our site, roster, and tweet your series out on a regular basis while exposing you to the daily traffic that come to our live, lifestyle talk shows and red carpet report. We create a branded page for YOUR series, we have links back to your blog, website, twitter and Facebook accounts and we even have Clicker.com check-in so people watching can share your show online. We do NOT put advertising on the content we feed to your show page and you do get those views in your YouTube channel from our site. Win-Win. As we expand our network and roll out our new program for web series creators this will be even more exciting as we want to help build visibility for your work and help you on the business side of the equation.

Mingle Media TV Network also sponsors the Audience Choice Awards for the New Media Film Festival… helping get more visibility for your series during the season leading up to the Festival event held in May in Los Angeles and their sister event in San Francisco in November. The festival also has monetization programs based on your content and the opportunities available.

Why am I writing this?

Today, I saw a tweet that followed the announcement of a partnership between Tubefilter and Sidereel.com. You can read about the community feedback regarding this topic on WebSeriesNetwork by clicking here. I’m not going to rehash that conversation here, what I am going to offer up is the BUSINESS side – reality of what is going on as I have heard many of you not understanding the impact to the community i.e. those out there like Mingle Media TV (using the example from today).

Side Reel Tweet - Tubefilter Partner

Side Reel Tweet - Tubefilter Partner - LINK BAIT

I saw this Tweet a few hours ago… we had 7 LIVE web shows during the past 5 hours so I was a little distracted and now am writing this post and what it means to me.

Mingle Media TV is a BRAND – it is one that we work very hard on developing… we do not endorse SideReel.com nor were we asked to offer our curated content to their site. Why would we? We curate, create, produce and promote content on our site we work long hours and support a community and now SideReel.com is taking our BRAND name and lending it to LINK BAIT (a method to grow traffic to your site using topics that “catch people’s attention”).

Who gets paid? Not Mingle Media TV Network – and not the content creator.

Did that wake you up? Yes, SideReel.com’s Tweet above using MY BRAND to get you to click on their link to their website landing page where TUBEFILTER’s brand was posted in a widget scrolling their feed but no where did you find MY BRAND or MyDamnChannel’s brand. What you did see if you scrolled down further on the page were the thumbnails to the shows that Tubefilter recommends from content on Mingle Media TV and MyDamnChannel. So who did the work to originally contact the CREATOR and get their permission to be on MMTVN? We did.

What’s on the page you linked to from the TWEET? Several display ads. Nothing to watch but then you click on the thumbnail and go to another page with several display ads and the web series. Of course, they have to pay for their site and the “SideReelAdam” Twitter person who link baits you to the site. But are they paying the creator? What deal do they have? Is this how SideReel.com and Tubefilter are supporting webseries? Linkbaits and content farms?

Here’s more of the business side of why this has irritated me and why YOU should also be concerned:

Last week, Google made a massive change to its index, known as the Farmer Update, which affected more than 12% of US search queries. Startup and small business that depend on search engine traffic to thrive and grow might notice some key changes as a result of the Google change:

  • Your rankings may have dropped
  • You may notice decreasing traffic from shorter phrases
  • You may notice your marketing efforts yielding diminishing returns

Who is Google Targeting?

  • Content Farm Examples: Demand Media, eHow, Huffington Post, Mahalo
  • Scraper Website Examples: Websites which scrape or steal content from other sites and then repost it — HMM, SideReel.com?

What does this mean? I’m putting on my propeller hat for this next section.

Search engines want to serve up quality, relevant search results. If you are competing with sites that use YOUR content without links back to YOU they are NOT building your brand, but using it to build theirs. Unless they are revenue sharing with you and you agree to it – you are getting ripped off. Google is taking steps to block or push back these sites so YOUR relevant content shows up on searches. For every site that has YOUR content and no reference back to help YOU build your audience and fan base, you are not #Winning (thanks Charlie Sheen for inspiring the right #word here). There are work arounds to everything and believe me – content farms and scraper sites are not your friends and they will keep changing things around. They have LOTS of ads and link bait people into clicking on an average of six (6) pages for every — ChaChing. Your page, not so much. No links back to your website, facebook, blog, twitter and no revenue share.

What should you do? Well, it doesn’t hurt that your content is being watched but you are not building an audience by linking to them and talking to them using Facebook, Twitter, your blog are you? Were you contacted and asked permission to have your content posted on their site? Are they displaying advertising on the pages to get to your content and NOT sharing that revenue with you? It’s up to you. Are you in this to partner with sites that promote you and do so without making money on your content without a revenue sharing model in place?

One more thing to think about, a Facebook fan is worth $136 on average. If people watch your content on scraper sites and LIKE them, and never know how to “like you” you are losing valuable fans and commerce for sponsorships. As I mentioned above, we will be rolling out a new, exciting program for web series creators who want to make this a business and are members of the MMTVN community. Conversely, banner ads serve up about $3-$10 per thousand views so these content farms and scraper sites need to have people click on 5-6 pages to get to the content they seek so they can serve up 5-6 ads per page x 6 pages (36 ads on average per visit – doesn’t make it hard to have millions of ads served up and paid to them when they link bait and have thousands of key-worded pages for people to click around on – and before you know it no one will see your content there because there is so much on that site it gets buried – so what is the value to you?).

MMTVN is not making money off of content creators on our site by doing this practice, it is not our business model, our focus is to help you build your brand and business… the business of entertainment. Feel free to comment or email me directly with any further questions.

– Stephanie, Executive Producer / CEO, Mingle Media TV Network

Win this Amazing Gift Basket from New Media Film Festival Sponsors

Nothing more fun than a giveaway from the wonderful people who sponsor New Media Film Festival events. We got wind of this basket of essentials for anyone in the Entertainment industry and thought we’d share it with you – our viewers. It’s easy to enter to win … really! Just follow @NewMediaFF on Twitter! One lucky follower will be selected on December 20th 2010.

New Media Film Festival Gift Basket Giveaway

New Media Film Festival Gift Basket Giveaway - Follow @NewMediaFF to enter to win today!

San Francisco – New Media Film Festival Starts Friday 11/5 (Discount Code Ends Tonight 30% Savings)

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New Media Film Festival - San Francisco Event November 5-6 2010

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What’s New, What’s Next… Honoring Stories Worth Telling

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New Media Film Festival San Francisco Area : November 5-6, 2010

FRIDAY, November 5th, 2010

TRACK ONE

9:15AM Welcome Address

9:30AM Coffee Chat with Keynote Steve Perlman, CEO, OnLive.com: Honoring Stories Worth Telling From Multiple Directions We live in a conflux space where traditional Hollywood, Publishing, Games and Media are all intersecting at a faster rate aided by technology, media professionals & consumer adoption.  No matter how diverse our backgrounds or interests are, what we all share and need are great stories.

Steve Perlman, CEO, Onlive.com

11:00AM            New Dialogue, Voices & Avenues: Finding Where You Fit In

Within the buzzwords, “New Media”, “Transmedia” & “Cross-Platform” there are a lot of new opportunities for content creators.  Hear what some of Hollywood’s leading Guilds have to say about their involvement & outreach in New Media.  See how storytellers, producers & performers are finding new avenues & opportunities.

  • Philippa Burgess, Co-Director of New Media Film Festival-SF Bay Area & Partner at Creative Convergence (Moderator)
  • Larry Schlessinger, Industry Outreach Chair, Producers Guild of America-Northwest (PGA-NW)
  • Melodie Shaw, Lead Organizer, WGA, West
  • Michael Ajakwe Jr., Founder & Executive Director-Los Angeles Web Series Festival, WGA, Member
  • Alejandro Franchesci, President, Tempest Digital Inc.

12:30PM            Challenges & Victories of Producing Content That Can Change the World

Socially Responsible Content (SRC) & Green Production.  What is it? Why are people creating it?  What are the challenges?  What are the benefits?  How do you get the audience to care?  Where are we seeing a difference? How do we know that our efforts are making an impact?

  • Susan Johnston, Founder/Director of New Media Film Festival & President, Select Services Films Inc. (Moderator)
  • Amy Jacobson Kurokawa, President, Producers Guild of America-Northwest (PGA-NW)
  • Sophia Kim, Chair of Events Committee, Producer Guild of America-Northwest (PGA-NW)
  • Mary Knipple, Board Member of Women’s National Book Association San Francisco Chapter
  • Michael Larsen, Literary Agent, Larsen Pomada Literary & Co-Founder of San Francisco Writing Conference | SF Writing For Change Conference
  • Erica Priggen, Executive Producer, Free Range Studios

2:00PM            Television Academy of Arts & Sciences Presents: The Future of TV

Is broadcast TV dead? Are the days of cable/ satellite providers numbered? What do consumers want? How in the world will they pay for it all?  Find out what’s happening as TV & entertainment are transformed by the power and intelligence of computers – Discover what that means for you as a content creator or industry professional.

  • John Gilles, VP/GM, Code & Theory, co-Chair 2011 Interactive Media Primetime Emmy Awards Working Group (Moderator)
  • Ashwin Navin, CEO, Flingo.tv
  • Amber J. Lawson, Head of Comedy Programming, Babelgum
  • Jaime Wilkinson, Producer, Star Wars: Uncut (2010 Primetime Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media – Fiction)
  • Scott Maddux, SVP, Product Development, The Nielsen Company
  • Will Wright, Creator – Bar Karma, Current TV

3:00PM            Monetizing The Crowd: Crowd Sourcing, Crowd Funding & Fan Building

Technology has changed our lives and connected our world.  Now it gives us an opportunity to tap the crowd, use their wisdom & their wallets to support artists & entrepreneurs.  Learn how these leading edge resources are empowering creative professionals & building bridges into advertisers & audiences.

  • Dan Contento, VP of Sales, DIGG (Moderator)
  • Danae Ringelmann, Founder, IndieGoGo
  • James DeJulio, Co-Founder, Tongal
  • Colleen Nystedt, CEO, MovieSet.com
  • Simone Nelson, President, Bay Area Women in Film & Media

4:00PM            Cross-Platform Content Development: Separate Paths, Common Destination

Each silo has it’s own culture, rules & contracts. The merging worlds pose many challenges for artists, producers & business affairs. Get a multi-industry perspective on the content development process & the challenges to succeed on an individual platform as well as that of taking stories across platforms. We also explore how creators & companies can think strategically from the inception of an idea.

  • Brad Kushner, Co-Director of New Media Film Festival-SF Bay Area & Partner at Creative Convergence (Moderator)
  • Jan Johnson, Publisher, Red Wheel/Weiser Books/Conari Press
  • Jennifer Joseph, Publisher, Manic D Press
  • Brian Morrisroe, Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder of Booyah!
  • Rob Tobin, Screenwriter & Author

5:00PM            Storytellers & Coders Unite: Creating Content for Mobile, ePublishing, iApps, iPad, Games, Interactive TV & Web

Who in our world can translate between those who speak the language of story & those who speak the language of code? Join us as we bring together those who write in code & in mythical structures to get the conversation started on how to unlock the untold possibilities that can come from working together.

  • Ben Parr, Co-Editor, Mashable (Moderator)
  • Daniel Steiny, Senior Manager, Market Development, Motorola
  • Haseeb Chaudhry, Founder & Director, Magnicode
  • Hung Nguyen, Director of Client Services, Sharethrough
  • Brett Seyler, VP of Strategy, Unity Technologies
  • Jason Matthews, Writer/Author

TRACK TWO

11:30AM Get Published! Your Story as a Book for the Writer or Non-Writer

If you’ve always wanted to write a book & haven’t gotten past the blank page, or have roughhewn notes on your hard-drive or a manuscript in your closet this will give you the inspiration & action plan you need to get it done.

  • Mahesh Grossman, CEO, AuthorsTeam
  • Ralph Scott, Owner & Freelance Editor, Credit the Edit

12:30PM Ask an Expert: Open Forum with Gaming Executive

Connect with experts in an informal Q&A discussion

1:30PM Leading Edge Technology Platforms in Action

Tom Higgins, Product Evangelist, Unity Technology

2:30PM Ask an Expert: Open Forum with Publishing Professionals

Connect with experts in an informal Q&A discussion.

3:30PM Ask an Expert: Filmmaking & Production

Connect with experts in an informal Q&A discussion.

OPENING NIGHT FILM & VIP AFTER PARTY (VIP PASSES)

7:00PM            Opening Night Film

RIP: A Remix Manifesto: Web activist & filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century & shattering the wall between users and producers

9:00PM            VIP After Party

SATURDAY, November 6th, 2010

9:30AM Coffee Chat: Make the Perfect Pitch to Silicon Valley & Hollywood

Exchanging Different Perspectives & Gleaning Lessons from Lean Start Ups & Filmed Media Pilots

  • Neil Vasant, Technology Venture Capital & Investment Professional
  • John Adcox, Author, Screenwriter & Integrated Marketing Specialist

10:30 AM Web Series with Q&A

1) Alpha Planet: Episode 2

2010 | USA | 6:34 | Dir. Mike Darling

World Premiere

The year is 2256. For 200 years the entire human civilization has lived on the A.R.C. refuge ship & supplies are running short. Four explorers have been sent back to Earth in search of signs of new life.

2) Little Hollywood: Episode 1

2010 | USA | 6:54 | Dir. Steve Condon

Northern California Premiere

Two failing writers (D-Squared and Pati-O) are posing as Big Time Hollywood producers in Nashville, Tennessee, conning a major network into producing their script.

3) FCU – Fact Checkers Unit: Episode 8

2010 | USA | 6:48 | Dir. Dan Beers

World Premiere

FCU: Fact Checkers Unit follows the antics of two enthusiastic celebrity fact checkers who work at Dictum Magazine. In this episode: Does Alex Trebek, the true fact master, shave against the grain? Russell & Dylan search out their hero to get to the bottom of his facial hair.

4) Growing Up Guide Pup – Episode: Pier 39

2010 | USA | 5:30 | Dir. Matt & Amie Chapman

World Premiere

Growing Up Guide Pup is a weekly video series that documents the process of raising guide dogs for the blind. The first season focuses on the Chapmans’ 10th dog Ricki who is well on her way to success. * The creators, hosts & Guide Pups live in the San Francisco Bay Area

5) Keeping Up With The Downs

2010 | USA | 14:48 | Dir. Andrew Spieler

World Premiere

Keeping Up With The Downs follows three brothers forced to coexist, after years of  separation, amidst the harsh realities of life in Los Angeles. *One of the producers is from the San Francisco Bay Area

6) Cartera, Episode 2

2009 | USA | 4:37 | Dir. David O’Brien

World Premiere

Cartera is the web’s first gay and lesbian interactive superhero webseries. It’s the story of a group of gay & lesbian college students who discover their inner super human strengths.

7) The_Source

2010 | USA | 1 Minute | Dir. Marc D’Agostino

In this world, the ragged people at Survivor Post 332 must learn to trust one another & discover the secrets that can bring humanity together to save the world.

*The executive producer of The_Source lives in San Francisco.

12:00PM Documentary Feature

Second Bodies

2009 | Canada | 46 Minutes | Dir. Sandra Danilovic

World Premiere

Second Bodies features the personal stories, reflections & explorations of three women and their respective avatars in the virtual reality world of ‘Second Life’. Sandra Danilovic, the filmmaker, is the first subject and narrator framing the other two stories of her Second Life real life friends, Michele & Annette. This film poetically self-reflects on what it means to be human, a woman, an avatar, a person with a disability, someone who suffers from bipolar disorder & depression & a woman in unrequited love. *The Second Life Headquarters are located in the San Francisco Bay Area

1:00PM Shorts with Q&A

1) TELEPHONEME

2010 | USA | 2:49 | MK12

Northern California Premiere

Charts, diagrams, never-before-seen footage & accurate historical & scientific context  play on letters & phrases previously thought to be benign.

2) Red Princess Blues

2010 | USA | 11 Minutes | Dir. Alex Ferrari

Northern California Premiere-Shot on RED

In this twisted modern day fairy tale, a young teenage girl is lured into an after hours carnival tent by the sleazy rock n’ roll carnie Rimo, where she gets more than she bargained for. It is up to the mysterious Princess, the star of the new knife show at the carnival, to pull her out of the wolf’s den that she has fallen into. (not in competition) *Lead Actor, Richard Tyson is partner in a Sacramento Company

3) The Lifter Upper

2009 | USA | 11 Minutes | Dir. Micah Chambers-Goldberg

Northern California Premiere

Due to an absurd series of family tragedies, Olive is depressed. Jack, a concerned neighbor calls a Professional Lifter Upper of Spirits to remedy the situation. The Lifter Upper finds that Olive may be his toughest case yet.

4) Skip Listening

2010 | USA |11 Minutes| Dir. Christopher Shawn Shaw

What is the difference between Skip Stonewall & a room full of Deaf people? The Deaf people can hear better! However, due to a providential mishap, Skip is forced to hear like he never thought possible, with special thanks to the Deaf Community.

*Producer/Director Christopher Shaw lives in the North Bay Area.

5) Martha & Dee Visit the 5th Dimension

2010 | USA | 9:30 | Dir. Noelle Foster

World Premiere

When Martha runs away from home, she brings her invisible friend, Dee, along.  The two girls discover answers to life & the universe, including the nature of the Fifth Dimension. *This film was made in Sacramento with local crew.

2:30PM Panel Discussion: Social Media, Alternative Distribution…Trials & Tribulations of Releasing Independent Films

Get the inside story on successful festival circuit film “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone” & recently released independent film “Get Low”

  • Ron Merk, President, Premiere Pictures International Inc. (Moderator)
  • Joey Rappa, Executive Producers of “Get Low” starring Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Sissy Spacek & Bill Cobbs
  • Chris Meltzer, Director of “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone” & “Plagues & Pleasures of the Salton Sea”.  Director/Executive Producer at Tilapia Film

 

3:30PM SRC – Socially Responsible Content & Animation with Q&A

1) Fear Itself

2010 | USA | 6 Minutes | Dir. William Wonders

After a year in sabbatical, a pastor returns to the same pulpit where he was shot by a young man. Fear has made a home in this man’s life, affecting both he & his family. The pastor will have to face his fear as he takes to the pulpit once again.

2) Please

2010 | Philippines | 9:32 | Dir. Ngoc Phuong Vu

World Premiere

Please tells the story of two beggars living a harsh life on the street. When one of them falls ill and passes out, the other has nothing to do but ask for help from people passing by. Based on the true story.

3) The Journey Home

2010 | USA | 9 minutes | Dir. James Gambone

Northern California Premiere

The Journey Home presents a provocative & controversial vision of elder care in the future. Shot primarily in black & white, (with a surprise color montage) the viewer will enter a world of gray scale––a world where one can exist, but not fully live. It is a place where technology replaces a strong social & personal network. *Idea for this project came to being while traveling through SF Bay Area

Animation Program

1) Bot

2010 | USA | 3:35 | Dir. Mustafa Lazkani

World Premiere

In a world where all is good, a wicked 19th century scientist (Dr. Leonardo Van Uitvinding) brings Evil. After bringing life to his 19-foot tall robot invention (Bot), Dr. Leo readies himself to take over the world. He has brought life to metal in order to have metal destroy life. But Dr. Leo soon realizes that his newly born robot has no evil but rather an innocence that must be taught evil. In an unlikely tale of spirit & soul, an evil genius struggles with his very own creation of good. *Director Mustafa Lazkani lives & works in San Jose.

2) Swing

2010 | Taiwan | 4 Minutes | Dir. Yen-Ting Kuo

This story is about how living people influence the perspectives of people on the brink of death. If there was a choice for unconscious patients to decide to live or die, how would their surroundings influence that impossible choice?

5:00 PM Best of LA 2010/2011: Best of LA 2010/2011 Screening Program

1) Video Magnet Poetry

2010 | USA | 1 Minute | Dir. Amanda Poore

Video Poetry Magnets is a short film made with an iPhone at the Univer sity of Texas at Arlington. People said a single word into the camera and then their words were arranged like magnet poetry.

2) When Lynch Met Lucas

2010 | USA | 2 Minutes | Dir. Sascha Ciezata

In this hilarious animated short shot entirely with an iPhone 3G, director David Lynch recollects the time he met with George Lucas about directing Return of The Jedi.

3) The Ballad of Mary & Ernie

2010 | USA | 5 Minutes | Dir. Robert Stadd

About a full-sized sheriff in a miniature Western town. All of his friends are roughly 8 inches high, including the woman he’s going to marry. But then he meets a full-sized woman…

4) The Final Breaths of a Main Character

2010 | USA | 5 Minutes | Dir. Raul B. Fernandez

After being swept out to sea, surrounded by vultures, divers & the blaz ing sun, a boy finds himself hallucinating through what could be the final moments of his life.

5) Superstitious

2010 | UK | 4 Minutes | David Magnier

Set in a pop-up book world, this is the story of Ted, a lonely & isolat ed man, who becomes obsessed with changing his luck after break ing a mirror.

6) The Rise

2010 | USA | 17 Minutes | Garret Williams

The Rise is a story in the not-so-distant future about a generation letting go of the American Dream & a new generation adapting to life on the edge.

7) Beautifully Esther

2009 | USA | 23 Minutes | Dir. Ricardo Korda

Esther’s (85) lifeless routine is disrupted when her husband collaps es, sparking a journey that will change her attitude towards old age. Esther must decide how she wants to spend the rest of her days.

8) Goodbye Shanghai

2010 | China / USA | 13 Minutes | Dir. Adam Christian Clark

After embezzling $14 billion for the US Government, two Western bankers must survive one last night in Shanghai. Goodbye Shang hai explores the effects of Western imperialism on modern Chinese culture.

TRACK TWO

11:00AM Media Brand Workshop for Content Creators

Want to Build Your Media Platform?  Ready to Work Cross-Platform?  Learn tools & discuss strategies for telling your stories & working successfully across Hollywood, Publishing & Media

Philippa Burgess, Co-Director of New Media Film Festival-SF Bay Area & Partner, Creative Convergence Inc.

12:30PM Ask an Expert: Open Forum with Master Storytellers

Connect with experts in an informal Q&A discussion.

2:00PM Ask an Expert: More Buzz with Community Building & PR Strategies

Connect with experts in an informal Q&A discussion.

3:00PM Ask an Expert: Open Forum with Representation in Hollywood & Publishing

Connect with experts in an informal Q&A discussion.

4:00PM Experts in New Media Technology & Filmmaking share the Who, What, Why & How

Get the latest insight into working in animation, 2D, 3D, RED, 5d/7d & visual effects. Learn what filmmakers are doing now to maximize available resources & technology.

  • Cindy Rangel, Chief Operating Officer & Producer, Red Giant Studios
  • Michele Turnure-Salleo, Director of Filmmaker Services at San Francisco Film Society

CLOSING NIGHT FILM & VIP AFTER PARTY (VIP PASSES)

7:00 PM Narrative Feature with Q&A

God’s Ears

2008 | USA | 111 Minutes | Dir. Michael Worth

Northern California Premiere

An autistic boxer and a nomadic stripper form a tenuous friendship that helps them both to better understand the world that appears to have left them both behind. Noah Connelly (Michael Worth) is an aspiring boxer from Oakland, California. Most of Noah’s days are spent cleaning the floors at his local gym, patiently waiting for the perfect moment when he’ll finally step into the ring and his future will come into focus. To the casual observer, Noah leads an entirely unremarkable existence, but exotic dancer Alexia (Margot Farley) is far from the casual observer. One day, after crossing paths seemingly by chance, Noah begins to affect the way Alexia views the opposite sex. To this point in her life, Alexia has taken a somewhat transient approach to relationships. Now, as her friendship with Noah begins to show signs of becoming something more serious, Alexis discovers that her approach to love may hint at a deeper pain that she isn’t sure she possesses the power to confront. Encouraged by the owner of the gym (John Saxon) to introduce Alexia to his family, Noah invites her on a journey that will take her out of her comfort zone while challenging her entire perception of love. Perhaps if Alexia can find the courage to confront her deepest fears, Noah can summon the self-confidence to strap on the gloves and prove himself as a true pugilist.

*Director Michael Worth was raised in the Bay Area, and over half of the film was shot locally.

The closing night after party for VIP pass holders will follow the screening.

Opening & Closing Parties Loop

1) A Fairy’s Tale

2010 | USA | 21:30 | Dir. James Higgins

World Premiere

A film like no other, shot entirely with a 35mm still camera and featuring a multi-ethnic cast, A Fairy’s Tale redefines the traditional fairy tale for the modern age. Using digital still cameras to create a high definition flip book that gives the illusion of movement from a series of photographs, the technique produces a compelling black and white movie with a 1950’s film noir feel.

2) Day in the Life

2010 | USA | 36:08 | Dir. Steven McGuire

A surreal look at a day in the life of outsourcing (sperm, McDonald’s orders, executive dictation); telemarketers/telemarketed; adult diapers in casinos; the buy button in the human skull; the implanting of digital chips in willing humans.

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David Arquette at 3D Film Festival Red Carpet and Premiere Coverage

Mingle Media TV was invited to come out and cover the opening of the 3D Film Festival and the Premiere of StreetDance 3D. The festival is running through October 3rd 2010. THE 3D FILM FESTIVAL 1641 N. IVAR AVENUE HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028 3DFF.ORG 323-785-2389 For more detailed information about the event schedule, tickets, or press junkets please visit http://www.3DFF.org or contact The Dream Factory at (415) 871-1707. About The Dream Factory/3DFF The Dream Factory Studio, with primary offices in Hollywood is the world leader in interactive live 3D events. 3DFF is noted as the first digital 3D film & interactive festival program of its kind in the United States. To become a supporter of 3DFF or for more information please visit http://www.thedreamfactorystudio.com or http://www.3dff.org. About RealD Inc. RealD is a leading global licensor of 3D technologies. RealD’s extensive intellectual property portfolio is used in applications that enable a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. For more information, please visit our website atwww.reald.com. About Sony Sony?s Digital Cinema Solutions group combines Sony?s full range of technologies, purchasing options, alternative content offerings, training and service to provide a broad range of solutions for exhibitors. For more information, visit http://www.sony.com/digitalcinema. About Los Angeles Film School The Los Angeles Film School (LAFS) is an accredited college with a campus located in the heart of Hollywood that includes the historic RCA Building at 6363 Sunset Boulevard. For more information about LAFS, please visit http://www.lafilm.edu or call (323) 860-0789 Thanks to the Prism Media Group for inviting us for more info visit http://www.prism-mg.com To see video coverage of this event please visit Mingle Media TV at http://www.minglemediatv.com/redcarpetreport.html

Graham Reznick at 3D Film Festival Red Carpet and Premiere Coverge

Mingle Media TV was invited to come out and cover the opening of the 3D Film Festival and the Premiere of StreetDance 3D. The festival is running through October 3rd 2010. THE 3D FILM FESTIVAL 1641 N. IVAR AVENUE HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028 3DFF.ORG 323-785-2389 For more detailed information about the event schedule, tickets, or press junkets please visit http://www.3DFF.org or contact The Dream Factory at (415) 871-1707. About The Dream Factory/3DFF The Dream Factory Studio, with primary offices in Hollywood is the world leader in interactive live 3D events. 3DFF is noted as the first digital 3D film & interactive festival program of its kind in the United States. To become a supporter of 3DFF or for more information please visit http://www.thedreamfactorystudio.com or http://www.3dff.org. About RealD Inc. RealD is a leading global licensor of 3D technologies. RealD’s extensive intellectual property portfolio is used in applications that enable a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. For more information, please visit our website atwww.reald.com. About Sony Sony?s Digital Cinema Solutions group combines Sony?s full range of technologies, purchasing options, alternative content offerings, training and service to provide a broad range of solutions for exhibitors. For more information, visit http://www.sony.com/digitalcinema. About Los Angeles Film School The Los Angeles Film School (LAFS) is an accredited college with a campus located in the heart of Hollywood that includes the historic RCA Building at 6363 Sunset Boulevard. For more information about LAFS, please visit http://www.lafilm.edu or call (323) 860-0789 Thanks to the Prism Media Group for inviting us for more info visit http://www.prism-mg.com To see video coverage of this event please visit Mingle Media TV at http://www.minglemediatv.com/redcarpetreport.html

Axel Wedekind & Stephen Manuel at 3D Film Festival Red Carpet and Premiere Coverage

Mingle Media TV was invited to come out and cover the opening of the 3D Film Festival and the Premiere of StreetDance 3D. The festival is running through October 3rd 2010. THE 3D FILM FESTIVAL 1641 N. IVAR AVENUE HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028 3DFF.ORG 323-785-2389 For more detailed information about the event schedule, tickets, or press junkets please visit http://www.3DFF.org or contact The Dream Factory at (415) 871-1707. About The Dream Factory/3DFF The Dream Factory Studio, with primary offices in Hollywood is the world leader in interactive live 3D events. 3DFF is noted as the first digital 3D film & interactive festival program of its kind in the United States. To become a supporter of 3DFF or for more information please visit http://www.thedreamfactorystudio.com or http://www.3dff.org. About RealD Inc. RealD is a leading global licensor of 3D technologies. RealD’s extensive intellectual property portfolio is used in applications that enable a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. For more information, please visit our website atwww.reald.com. About Sony Sony?s Digital Cinema Solutions group combines Sony?s full range of technologies, purchasing options, alternative content offerings, training and service to provide a broad range of solutions for exhibitors. For more information, visit http://www.sony.com/digitalcinema. About Los Angeles Film School The Los Angeles Film School (LAFS) is an accredited college with a campus located in the heart of Hollywood that includes the historic RCA Building at 6363 Sunset Boulevard. For more information about LAFS, please visit http://www.lafilm.edu or call (323) 860-0789 Thanks to the Prism Media Group for inviting us for more info visit http://www.prism-mg.com To see video coverage of this event please visit Mingle Media TV at http://www.minglemediatv.com/redcarpetreport.html

Thomas Jane at 3D Film Festival Red Carpet | Premiere Coverage of Dark Country in 3D

Mingle Media TV was invited to come out and cover the opening of the 3D Film Festival and the Premiere of StreetDance 3D. The festival is running through October 3rd 2010. THE 3D FILM FESTIVAL 1641 N. IVAR AVENUE HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028 3DFF.ORG 323-785-2389 For more detailed information about the event schedule, tickets, or press junkets please visit http://www.3DFF.org or contact The Dream Factory at (415) 871-1707. About The Dream Factory/3DFF The Dream Factory Studio, with primary offices in Hollywood is the world leader in interactive live 3D events. 3DFF is noted as the first digital 3D film & interactive festival program of its kind in the United States. To become a supporter of 3DFF or for more information please visit http://www.thedreamfactorystudio.com or http://www.3dff.org. About RealD Inc. RealD is a leading global licensor of 3D technologies. RealD’s extensive intellectual property portfolio is used in applications that enable a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. For more information, please visit our website atwww.reald.com. About Sony Sony?s Digital Cinema Solutions group combines Sony?s full range of technologies, purchasing options, alternative content offerings, training and service to provide a broad range of solutions for exhibitors. For more information, visit http://www.sony.com/digitalcinema. About Los Angeles Film School The Los Angeles Film School (LAFS) is an accredited college with a campus located in the heart of Hollywood that includes the historic RCA Building at 6363 Sunset Boulevard. For more information about LAFS, please visit http://www.lafilm.edu or call (323) 860-0789 Thanks to the Prism Media Group for inviting us for more info visit http://www.prism-mg.com To see video coverage of this event please visit Mingle Media TV at http://www.minglemediatv.com/redcarpetreport.html

3D Film Festival Red Carpet and Premiere Coverage

Mingle Media TV was invited to come out and cover the opening of the 3D Film Festival and the Premiere of StreetDance 3D. The festival is running through October 3rd 2010. THE 3D FILM FESTIVAL 1641 N. IVAR AVENUE HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028 3DFF.ORG 323-785-2389 For more detailed information about the event schedule, tickets, or press junkets please visit http://www.3DFF.org or contact The Dream Factory at (415) 871-1707. About The Dream Factory/3DFF The Dream Factory Studio, with primary offices in Hollywood is the world leader in interactive live 3D events. 3DFF is noted as the first digital 3D film & interactive festival program of its kind in the United States. To become a supporter of 3DFF or for more information please visit http://www.thedreamfactorystudio.com or http://www.3dff.org. About RealD Inc. RealD is a leading global licensor of 3D technologies. RealD’s extensive intellectual property portfolio is used in applications that enable a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. For more information, please visit our website atwww.reald.com. About Sony Sony?s Digital Cinema Solutions group combines Sony?s full range of technologies, purchasing options, alternative content offerings, training and service to provide a broad range of solutions for exhibitors. For more information, visit http://www.sony.com/digitalcinema. About Los Angeles Film School The Los Angeles Film School (LAFS) is an accredited college with a campus located in the heart of Hollywood that includes the historic RCA Building at 6363 Sunset Boulevard. For more information about LAFS, please visit http://www.lafilm.edu or call (323) 860-0789 Thanks to the Prism Media Group for inviting us for more info visit http://www.prism-mg.com To see video coverage of this event please visit Mingle Media TV at http://www.minglemediatv.com/redcarpetreport.html