VOD Indie – Where you can learn about Truly Indie Films available On Demand
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Where do we find movies anymore? Where do we find culture anymore? From the cover of Entertainment Weekly? From the thousands of commercials on MTV or Hulu or anywhere else? From the wall of the subway line?
The two places I loved finding movies were from Siskel and Ebert every Saturday that I could remember to get up and watch their show and the film festival in town. By in town, I mean 20 miles away, twice a year, and really it was only able to show great foreign and independent films that couldn’t get a distributor into the first run theaters. But that’s where I found LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE – and ruined a good first date. Where I discovered LENINGRAD COWBOYS GO AMERICA – and spent the last two decades searching for a copy until Criterion fixed that recently. It’s where I made out with a beautiful redhead in the back row while THE FAST RUNNER was playing. I think she was a redhead. Memory tends to exaggerate the things you love.
And I loved Siskel & Ebert. With all the troubles he’s had – I’ll still trade my life for Ebert’s most days. The other days I’m talking … a lot. But as great as their show was, you would have 24 minutes of movie talk and 20 of it focused on mainstream pop culture movies. Sure, they introduced me to BLOOD SIMPLE as part of explaining RAISING ARIZONA. Most of their time was spent talking about movies everyone would already see … which is why Hollywood has snubbed the critic in favor of the media (social or otherwise) blitz.
Well the beauty of the Internet is we can share and talk about small movies. Some great and some others.
I’m lucky enough to have great students who are now producing this idea into a TV Show available on MEDIACOM – broadcast in Valdosta, GA and on-demand around the country.
I hope you check out this space to learn about movies that aren’t getting made by Hollywood. Movies someone probably paid for on Kickstarter. Movies that might mean something more than the weekend grosses or the funny story on Kimmel.
For starters – I hope you discover new movies and filmmakers here.
Secondly – I hope you think about how to support film and filmmakers in new ways.
You can check us out on Twitter at @VODIndie or my personal account @WVFilmmaker
If you have ideas or thoughts – maybe that’s what all of this can be about.