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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

WMM's Pitch

Pasadena is part of the LA film business. John and I have neighbors who work in television, film, animation, and commercial audio, and that's just our block.

Like the music business, which lost its old model with the advent of music downloads, and like the publishing industry, which is experiencing a similar upheaval, the film business is changing. But film is a different animal because it's a group effort, a collective work.

I've told you before about my husband's film collective, We Make Movies. Right now, Blue Collar Interactive is holding a campaign to award $100,000 in agency services to the emerging company that demonstrates the greatest need by delivering the best pitch, and We Make Movies is one of five finalists.

I'd love it if you'd go to the link and vote for We Make Movies by 12PM PST on Friday, November 16, 2012.
Why? I'll quote John's Facebook post: "Because Hollywood has lost interest in taking risks. The studios are manacled to their shareholders. Individual voices in film have to strike out on our own.

"We Make Movies was founded by filmmakers to develop, finance & distribute movies to our audiences directly. We've produced 3 feature films and dozens of shorts. Our membership has exploded in the past 24 months. We've just opened our first satellite chapter, in Toronto.

"We believe that if we remove the layer of middle-men between artist & audience, the artist will be free to create pieces that are not only true to their vision but also more entertaining & satisfying to the audience."


The picture at the top of the post is of the party on the roof after a WMM showing: filmmakers, actors and audience share the experience. What a concept!

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Late Update: Past PDP guest author, We Make Movies founder and board member Tara Samuel won Best Actress this past weekend for her performance in Ruby Booby, a feature developed through WMM, at the International Film Festival Manhattan!

20 comments:

Adele said...

Done!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Done voted for ya!. :-)

Petrea Burchard said...

Thankee!

I just remembered a cool P.S. I've gotta add to the post.

Petrea Burchard said...

Added!

Speedway said...

Done!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, friends. I really appreciate it.

LONDONLULU said...

Voted and good luck!!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, Lulu. WMM was ahead, then behind, now gaining. It's an exciting race.

Ms M said...

OK -- and good luck!

Katie said...

Here's hoping WMM can pull it out. I voted! Cool photo -- the roof deck looks like a fun place for a party.

Susan Campisi said...

Done. Happy to cast my vote for WMM. I hope they win.

Congrats to Tara for the Best Actress award! What an honor! Well deserved.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, all. They're doing some kind of Facebook party tonight to try to get out the vote. I hope it works!

Susan, you saw Ruby Booby, did you not? I thought it was a fine piece of work.

Margaret said...

I voted!

Petrea Burchard said...

You are all most kind! Thank you very much.

Fenyes Mansion said...

Just voted, and will send link to others. Good luck!

John Sandel said...

Boy, a BIG than you to everyone who voted & was able to pass this along. I was with WMM folk at a secret location in Los Angeles tonight, mass-messaging Facebook-WMM friends, and they all said "Thank you!"

Petrea Burchard said...

I love that Fenyes Mansion has its own Google+ page. I was on Google+ but had to give it up. With Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and a daily blog I finally had to draw the line.

Susan Campisi said...

Petrea, yes, I saw Ruby Booby. I thought it was a fine piece of work as well. And Tara was fantastic in it.

altadenahiker said...

The fat lady's not singing yet. (And I did vote, via facebook.)

Petrea Burchard said...

Well, the fat lady has sung, but thank you all. The WMM folks came in third and learned from the experience.