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DISTRIBUTION

INDIEFILMS: STATE OF THE UNION by Adam Leipzig
http://www.culturalweekly.com/indie-films-state-of-the-union.html

FILM FINANCING

INDIEGOGO
IndieGogo bills itself as “the world’s leading international funding platform.” They help moviemakers and other creative types develop campaigns for attracting financial support. The site provides tools and exposure, taking various percentages based on a campaign’s success. There is no charge to set up a campaign, and you can learn a lot by simply reading other people’s campaigns on the site.
http://www.indiegogo.com/

KICKSTARTER: A New Way to Fund & Follow Creativity
Like IndieGogo, Kickstarter is an online service designed to help creatives secure funding for their projects. Kickstarter claims to be “the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world.”
http://www.kickstarter.com/

INDIE FILMMAKING

7 REASONS WHY INDIE MOVIES MATTER by Adam Leipzig
Founder of Cultural Weekly, which covers the intersection of media, money, technology, and entertainment, Leipzig here makes a powerful argument for the importance of independent moviemaking.
http://www.culturalweekly.com/why-indie-movies-matter.html

THE FRUGAL FILMMAKER: Make Movies! Don’t Go Broke!
Scott Eggleston’s fun-to-read site specializes in creating homemade (but highly effective) equipment such as a “Mini Camera Stabilizer.” It also presents helpful tips on solving common problems such as filming a smooth slow motion scene.
http://filmflap.blogspot.com/

INTERVIEWS

THE STREAM
Producer/director Scott Rosenfelt shares his experiences in a 50-minute interview presented on Filmnut.
http://www.thestream.tv/watch.php?v=1142

NEWS & REVIEWS

MOVIESCOPE
This online magazine covers industry happenings, festivals, inside perspectives, distribution, and more.
http://www.moviescopemag.com/

NAPIER’S NEWS
Visit here for up-to-the-minute news about movies, television, music, and games.
http://www.napiersnews.com/

SCREEN READ: A Webzine About Cinema
This site provides excellent film reviews and interviews from a European perspective. While some of the articles are in German, plenty are in English.
http://www.screenread.de

SLASH FILM: Blogging the reel world
Peter Sciretta created this site (typographically known as /Film) after writing for AOL’s movie blog Cinematical. Currently, the site has more than 20 bloggers offering reviews about movies—with a focus on horror, remakes, sci-fi, sequels, TV—plus coverage of comics.
http://www.slashfilm.com/

ORGANIZATIONS

CREATIVE COW
This is a peer-to-peer online community of media production professionals. The site offers forums, tutorials, articles, training, podcasts and more.
http://www.creativecow.net

DVXUER: THE ONLINE COMMUNITY FOR FILMMAKING
The site includes a forum, a news department, articles, plus coverage of film schools and theater.
http://www.dvxuser.com

TRAILERS: CLASSIC & CURRENT

CLASSIC TRAILER GUY’S CHANNEL
View trailers from all periods of moviemaking and learn some interesting facts along the way.
http://www.youtube.com/user/ClassicTrailerGuy/

50 GREATEST TRAILERS OF ALL TIME
Read about and view the “best’ trailers as chosen by the editors at Independent Film Channel
http://www.ifc.com/news/2009/06/50-greatest-trailers.php