You are not the only one struggling. Everyone is. And we can do something about it. But first you’ve got to get mad.
Post a video or tweet saying, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more.” Put @openindie and we’ll find it and make a mash up of screen grabs and video clips. Actually do it. It will feel good. You’ll feel better about what a panel of indie film experts at the Moma recently declared an indie film crisis.
Once you’ve gotten mad, donate to OpenIndie here
Then blog about it.
Below is the text from the end of the above video incase you want to quote it for a blog post, re-read or fact check (links included):
3,666 feature films were submitted to Sundance last year and only 178 got in. Source.
Lance Weiler, founder of the Workbook Project, self distributed his two films,The Last Broadcast & Head Trauma & has donated $100
towards building OpenIndie.
Only 10 films found distribution at Sundance 2009. Article
Ondi Timoner, filmmaker of Digg & Join Us donated $100 to sign up her new film
We Live in Public on OpenIndie.
In 2008 Mark Gill declared the sky is falling on independent film. Article
Ira Deutchman manages a network of 65 digital theaters & donated $100 to help build OpenIndie.
The Independent Film Channel licensed Four Eyed Monsters but then failed to release it &
didn’t pay until the filmmakers settled out of court for a third of the original deal.
Arin Crumley, co-director of Four Eyed Monsters has now co-founded OpenIndie & will use it to distribute his upcoming feature film at the same time as it’s festival premiere.