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I’ve been revamping my blog page – making it more of a front page and my wonderful web manager/co-producer Michael Medaglia gave me this site:


as a resource if you need to find any html code. You’ll need this as you get further into wordpress to make your blog more of a front page. Chris Hyams from B Side says that all of their film sites are done in WordPress – and they are very clean and focused on specific audience actions.


Hey guys –

I am fortunate enough to be speaking at the SXSW festival this coming Sunday in Austin.
If you are in Austin for this great fest, check out the panel –

Self Distribution Not All by Yourself

Room 15
Sunday, March 15th
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Mention the words “self-distribution” to an independent filmmaker, and weeks filled with envelope stuffing, print
shuttling, and Quickbook keystroking come to mind. But, these days, a DIY approach to distribution doesn’t actually mean that you have to do it all yourself. Join veterans of the distribution wars as they help you understand the network of deals and alliances that filmmakers can strike themselves in order to get their films in front of audiences.

Moderator: Scott Macaulay Editor, Forensic Films
Scott Macaulay Editor, Forensic Films
Chris Hyams Founder&CEO, B-Side Entertainment Inc
Richard Abramowitz Abramorama
Jon Reiss Filmmaker & Consultant, Hybrid Cinema
Caitlin Boyle Semi-Theatrical Distribution Consultant, Paradigm Consulting

For more information on SXSW and all the panels they are offering click here

Producers Institue Apps Due Jan. 30!


BAVC is please to announce that applications are now available for the 2009 Producers Institute for New Media Technologies.

The Producers Institute is a 10 day residency for eight creative teams (independent producers or public broadcasters) with a shared goal of developing and prototyping a multi-platform project inspired by, or based on a significant documentary project. The intention of the Institute is to develop socially relevant media projects for emerging digital platforms.

The 2009 Institute will be held at the BAVC facility in San Francisco fromFriday, May 29th through Sunday, June 7th.

The 2009 Application is due no later than 5pm (PST) on Monday, January 30, 2009.