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10 Tips for Marketing & Diy Distribution

21 June 2010 6:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kicking off with an "it can only get better" rallying speech from indie film guru Ted Hope and concluding with cautionary "budget for P&A" advice from "Bass Ackwards" producer Thomas Woodrow, the Los Angeles Film Festival presented an extremely insightful marketing and distribution symposium over the weekend. Those independent filmmakers lucky enough to be one of the 200 people seated in the Grammy Museum auditorium heard innumerable words of wisdom from »

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Interview: 'Cyrus' Writer-Directors Mark and Jay Duplass

19 June 2010 1:03 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

By: Kevin Kelly, reposted from the Sundance Film Festival, 1/29/10

Brothers Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass are responsible for movies like The Puffy Chair, and Baghead, and they're back at Sundance with their new film Cyrus. However, they're also here as producers on The Freebie (directed by Mark's wife Katie Aselton), on Bass Ackwards, and on Lovers of Hate, directed by their friend Brian Poyser. So they've virtually transformed themselves into a mini-major on their own, directing their own films and helping others get theirs made.

But it hasn't gone to their heads. Which is very lucky, because it means they're still fans of Cinematical. Once you get to superstar Scorsese-level, who has time for film blogs? We talked to Mark & Jay at Sundance, and you can watch the video interview after the jump. They talk about Jonah Hill (who is impressive in this movie, which has as much drama as »

- Cinematical staff

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Sundance Rights RoundUp - More Activity Internationally Than Domestically

22 February 2010 12:15 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

At Sundance this year, more than usual activity immediately kicked in among the international buyers and the international sales agents bulking up in preparation for the Berlinale's Efm even as the Us distributors were slow to show much energy in acquisitions.  First out of the gate for the Americans was Lionsgate's acquisition of Buried .  Next came extended discussions with CAA and Apparition and its ancillary distributor partner Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquistions for Splice for what is rumored $2.5 million while an independent source supplies $20 million P & A.  Next came Newmarket's $1 million acquisition of Hesher.  The Oprah Winfrey Network acquired Family Affair.  Own's documentary film club is being done in partnership with doc film distributor Ro*co Films International.  Own, a co-venture between Winfrey's Harpo Prods. and Discovery Communications slated for a January 2011 launch, is planning to create communities nationwide that can screen the films together and participate in a live, moderated panel discussion. »

- Sydney

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The New Breed Explores The Solutions In Park City

4 February 2010 8:56 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Here's the latest in the continuing series of videos by Sabi Pictures executive produced by Filmmaker and the Workbook Project. The official word: Sabi filmmakers Zak Forsman and Kevin K. Shah speak with Ted Hope, Jon Reiss, Mynette Louie (Children of Invention) and Linas Phillips (Bass Ackwards) to explore the solutions that are emerging for independent filmmakers – featuring some of the insights and actions that came from the 2010 Filmmaker Summit. New Breed Park City – Exploring the Solutions, Part 1 from Sabi Pictures on Vimeo. Watch all New Breed videos. »

- Scott Macaulay

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Thomas Woodrow On Big Art, Little Debt

4 February 2010 6:00 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

In the new issue of Filmmaker, Esther Robinson penned "The Big Art/Little Debt Plan," which discusses the relation of filmmakers to risk, their films, and their money. She reached out to several filmmakers by email, and their responses helped shape her article. We are running several of the responses Esther received here on the blog. Below is the one from Thomas Woodrow, producer, Bass Ackwards. With the current environment/budgets you are seeing, do think there will be more financing gaps than usual? If yes, do you think this might create an uptick in personal debt (both for you and the filmmaker) to fill the gap? If no, how are gaps traditionally-weathered/weathered-in-this-moment? The most straightforward solution is simply to make »

- Scott Macaulay

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Sundance: What Remains

2 February 2010 6:55 PM, PST | IMDb Blog - All the Latest | See recent IMDb Blog - All the Latest news »

Linas Phillips and Alpaca Friend in Bass Ackwards

Back home after covering the second half of Sundance 2010, there are a few films that I haven’t addressed until now because, well, they required more consideration (and, regarding Oddsac, serious decompression).

Bass Ackwards: The feature debut from Linas Phillips, who created a small indie stir several years ago with the documentary Walking to Werner, has received attention because a) it was executive produced by Mark Duplass (one of four Duplass-y projects at the festival) and b) it was one of several films made available for rent on YouTube in conjunction with Sundance 2010. In terms of indie-film distribution, bypassing the studio system is all the rage. Even Hollywood seems enamored by newer services like video-on-demand and companies such as New American Vision, which connects niche films with their audiences.

Fans of the Duplass Bros. work and other filmmakers in the so-called mumblecore genre (Andrew Bujalski, »

- arno

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Releasing on Digital Platforms - First Samplings

2 February 2010 6:05 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Thomas Mai of Festival Darlings who is hosting a conference in Berlin on crowd sourcing says that a filmmaker can expect to make between $50 - $1000 per month per platform (some more, some less).  If there are also social media campaigns, this number can increase a lot. A release should go to about 25 -40 platforms, including iTunes/ Amazon/ NetFlix/ Hulu etc. Making a digital master is not expensive, but each platform uses its own format so a filmmaker might need to come up with 12-15 different format versions which can cost about $500 each. The master should cost around $1200-$1500. 

To book a place at "Dawn of The Micro Major Film Producer: Everything you want to know about VOD and Crowdfunding"" on 16 February at 09:00 until 1:00 at the Ritz Carlton in Berlin, click here.

Thomas has come a long way as has film itself since he began at the onset of »

- Sydney

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Sundance Interview: Mark and Jay Duplass

29 January 2010 6:45 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Brothers Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass are responsible for movies like The Puffy Chair, and Baghead, and they're back at Sundance with their new film Cyrus. However, they're also here as producers on The Freebie (directed by Mark's wife Katie Aselton), on Bass Ackwards, and on Lovers of Hate, directed by their friend Brian Poyser. So they've virtually transformed themselves into a mini-major on their own, directing their own films and helping others get theirs made.

But it hasn't gone to their heads. Which is very lucky, because it means they're still fans of Cinematical. Once you get to superstar Scorsese-level, who has time for film blogs? We talked to Mark & Jay at Sundance, and you can watch the video interview after the jump. They talk about Jonah Hill (who is impressive in this movie, which has as much drama as it does comedy), John C. Reilly, and Marisa Tomei, »

- Kevin Kelly

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Sundance: Is video-on-demand the future of indie film? For titles like 'The Freebie' and 'Bass Ackwards,' yes

28 January 2010 3:37 PM, PST | EW.com - The Movie Critics | See recent EW.com - The Movie Critics news »

Everywhere I've gone at this festival, the conversation -- the obsession, really -- has been about "new distribution models." If you listen up, there's some awfully excited chatter. Independent filmmakers are going to take control of their destiny! They're going to forge new strategies! They're going to make the technology work for them! They're going to self-distribute! They're going to plan out how to market their movie before the movie has even been made! (Think I'm kidding? I've heard that one several times.) They're going to take a good hard look at the increasingly marginalized and battered -- not to »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Seeking The Answers With The New Breed In Park City

27 January 2010 7:09 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

If you've been following the videos we've posted here in the New Breed series by Sabi Pictures, you've by now recognized that a rhetorical storyline around the issue of alternative distribution is being constructed. Here's the latest, entitled "Seeking the Answers, Part 2." Scroll back through the previous posts for the others in the series. The official word: Sabi filmmakers Zak Forsman and Kevin K. Shah move away from identifying the questions toward some possible answers that may, in fact, lead to the solutions we seek. Insights from Linas Phillips (Bass Ackwards), Jon Reiss and Brian Newman are fleshed out with more thoughts from the pre-Filmmaker Summit roundtable. New Breed Park City – Seeking the Answers, Part 2 from Sabi »

- Scott Macaulay

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Sundance Filmmakers Linas Phillips And Habib Azar Join The New Breed

26 January 2010 4:35 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Here's the third of our New Breed videos on new distribution ideas and paradigms at the Sundance Film Festival. The intro: Sabi filmmakers Zak Forsman and Kevin K. Shah move away from identifying the questions toward some possible answers that may, in fact, lead to the solutions we seek. Insights from Linas Phillips (Bass Ackwards), Habib Azar (Armless), Dan Mirvish, and Brian Newman are fleshed out with more thoughts from the pre-Filmmaker Summit roundtable. New Breed Park City – Seeking the Answers, Part 1 from Sabi Pictures on Vimeo. Watch all the New Breed videos. »

- Scott Macaulay

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2010 Sundance Film Festival - 'Bass Ackwards' poster, images and trailer.

26 January 2010 5:30 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Continuing out 2010 Sundance Film Festival coverage, we are pleased to present you with the poster, images and trailer for "Bass Ackwards." The comedy will have a nationwide digital release on February 1st. Linas Phillips directs and stars alongside fellow writers David-Blue and Jim Fletcher. Also starring are Alex Karpovsky, Andrew Liam Pringle and Christian Palmer. Bass Ackwards is a captivating and consummately human film that reminds us that whatever we think the road is about; the trip is probably about something else. Alternating between scripted action, improvisation, and the unpredictable spontaneity of vérité encounters, the film is the semi-autobiographical story of Linas Phillips, who stars as well as directs. Born of the imagination of Linas and his easy collaboration with old friends, costars, and co-conspirators Davie-Blue, Jim Fletcher, Paul Lazar, and Sean Porter, the film effortlessly and organically crosses the line between reality and fiction, incorporating the people and characters »

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News from Sundance about Digital Exhibition

22 January 2010 7:06 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

What are film festivals doing in increase distribution possibilities for their filmmakers and how are they using digital technology to do this and enhance their own position at the same time?

1) Sundance Film Festival is debuting films through VOD under a label called "Sundance Selects".  Three films that premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival will debut simultaneously into 40 million Us households, via cable systems and satellite TV. The films will then be available for viewing for 30 days.  The films include Michael Winterbottom's and Mat Whitecross's sociopolitical documentary The Shock Doctrine, Benny and Josh Safdie's comedy Daddy Longlegs, and Daniel Grou's drama 7 Days (Les 7 Jours du Talion).

"Moving the storytelling of the Sundance Film Festival beyond 10 days in Utah remains a top priority for us," said actor Robert Redford, founder of the Sundance Institute, about bringing the event to a wider audience, including selected screenings of Sundance films in other Us cities. »

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Exclusive clip from Sundance comedy Bass Ackwards

22 January 2010 3:54 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Our man Chris Bumbray is at Sundance checking out all sorts of flicks and one that is on his to-do list is the comedy Bass Ackwards. The film, executive produced by Mark Duplass (who's at Sundance with his own movie, Cyrus), follows a guy who travels cross-country in a beat up Volkswagen van. What's interesting about the movies is that it will be released nationally on Monday, Feb. 1 one day after the Sundance Ff wraps via VOD and digital retailers. It's an interesting experiment to see if »

- Mike Sampson

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Into the Future: Anticipating the Good & Bad of Sundance 2010

21 January 2010 7:02 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In “Bass Ackwards”, one of the entries in Sundance Film Festival’s recently launched low budget Next section, an unkempt loner (Linas Phillips, also the writer-director)—having lost both his job and his girlfriend—drives through a series of lush American landscapes in a cramped Volkswagen bus, hoping to find a better life. Considering that vehicle’s now-famous association with “Little Miss Sunshine,” a major Sundance breakout in 2006, the metaphor here writes itself: “Bass … »

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Youtube Screening Sundance Films

20 January 2010 2:17 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Announced today, YouTube, which is sponsoring the Sundance Film Festival's Next section, is partnering with the fest to make five festival films (three from this year, two from '09) available for rental on YouTube starting this Friday. The five films will be: Louis Psihoyos's The Cove Tze Chun's Children of Invention Michael Mohan's One Too Many Mornings Brad & Todd Barnes's Homewrecker Linas Phillips's Bass Ackwards The films are only available during the festival for a three-day rental price of $3.99. The deal is a non-exclusive revenue share deal between YouTube and the filmmakers. YouTube has also announced the start of "Filmmakers Wanted." A campaign the site is doing at Sundance to entice more filmmakers to join their rental »

- Jason Guerrasio

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Sundance 2010: We've got an exclusive clip from 'Bass Ackwards' for you

20 January 2010 3:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the first films I watched for this year's festival was last night, a very small film called "Bass Ackwards."  Directed by Linas Phillips and also starring him, "Bass Ackwards" is the story of a guy named Linas who finds himself at a crossroads, disappointed by where his life has led him, and he makes a strategic decision to retreat.  Taking a cross-country trip, he heads back to where his mom and dad live, with the intention of moving in with them so he can figure out what to do next. There's a girl, but "Bass Ackwards" isn't a love story. There's a »

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Exclusive: Mark Duplass Falls Bass Ackwards Into Sundance

18 January 2010 4:04 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Mark Duplass falls Bass Ackwards into Sundance Linas Phillips is taking an interesting approach to the release of his upcoming improvisational road trip comedy Bass Ackwards. For the first time in history, a film will bypass its theatrical window and become available nationwide the day after its World Premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Keeping in step with its title, Bass Ackwards will be on the market for purchase and downloading on February 1st, with a more in-depth DVD release to follow in the spring. This is a groundbreaking release strategy, and it could measure how smaller, Independent films find their way into the marketplace in the very near future.Bass Ackwards is a captivating and consummately human tale. It reminds us that whatever we think the road is about; the trip is probably about something else. Alternating between scripted action, improvisation, and the unpredictable spontaneity of v&#233rit&#233 encounters, »

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Exclusive: Jay and Mark Duplass to Direct Jeff Who Lives at Home

18 January 2010 3:37 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jay and Mark Duplass to direct Jeff Who Lives at Home While chatting about his work as an executive producer on the upcoming Linas Phillips improvisational road trip comedy Bass Ackwards, The League's Mark Duplass, who has written and directed such recent Indie classics as Baghead and The Puffy Chair with his brother Jay, revealed that they are gearing up to make their second studio film this spring. Mark and Jay recently finished the upcoming comedy Cyrus for Fox Searchlight. The improvisational film stars John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, and Catherine Keener, and it centers on a love triangle between a man, his girlfriend, and her son. Now the Duplass Brothers are set to make a "quest" movie that has elements of The Sword in the Stone. Entitled Jeff Who Lives at Home, its about a stoner and his search for some wood glue. Duplass told us, »

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Sundance ‘10 | “Bass Ackwards” Director Linas Phillips on His non-Road Movie Road Movie

8 January 2010 7:38 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Director Linas Phillips is back with a new feature, “Bass Ackwards,” screening in Sundance’s new Next section. He previously directed and starred in the documentary “Walking to Werner,” which screened at HotDocs and the Austin Film Festival, and he also has a few acting credits under his belt. His latest follows a man, played by Phillips, driving a ‘76 Vw van across America. The film, however, isn’t mired with the “tired … »

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