There is a great survey of filmmakers and their websites (and the importance of one) by Manohla Dargis in the New York Times today titled Hitchcock Would’ve Had a Web Site. Its a good primer for those filmmakers who still don’t have a website – as well as putting a director’s website into historical context. “There’s something satisfying in how new technologies have closed the distance between some directors and the public, bringing them closer to us in a way unimaginable when that deeply sincere fan, David Stephens, wrote Frank Capra that “there must be something else in the world.” Yet this new intimacy has perhaps come at a price, because even as the filmmakers have come closer, their movies often feel so much smaller.”
A little shameless self promotion – she also lists me “and the producer Ted Hope, are using the Internet to try to create a new model for independent cinema.” I was very pleased that they included an image of jonreiss.com, but it made me realize that I have been putting all my web oriented effort into revamping the websites for Bomb It and Think Outside the Box Office (as well as my blog) and that I need to update my own personal front page!
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