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!
**********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!