Posts By: John Rodzvilla

Distributor FAQ: Films for the Humanities and Sciences

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What is Films for the Humanities and Sciences? Films for the Humanities and Sciences is the largest distributor of videos and CD-ROMs to schools, colleges, and libraries in North America. Who is Film for the Humanities and Sciences? President and CEO is Betsy Sherer. Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer is Jay Shah. Molly… Read more »

Funder FAQ: Independent Television Serivce

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When and how did ITVS emerge? Community and viewer activists, and local and national coalitions of independent producers (including AIVF) worked together to lobby Congress to ensure that public television monies were allocated to independent makers. In 1988, Congress passed legislation directing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to negotiate with a national coalition of… Read more »

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME

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Picking a producer is like hiring your own boss. Indie veteran Gill Holland offers some words of advice to novice directors looking for that special someone to produce their films There have been many stereotypes of movie producers over the years, but the quintessential one has to be the fat cat smoking cigars with a… Read more »

DIGITAL PREPRODUCTION

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Digital still cameras make their mark on storyboarding and location scouting. Everybody knows that old Alfred Hitchcock chestnut about production being boring because all the decisions were made during preproduction. Everybody also knows that late-night jittery third pot of coffee moment when you look at those nasty little ballpoint thumbnails you’re struggling to turn into… Read more »

Recasting the Casting Director

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Producer Sandra Katz has tried for three years to raise money for Nothing Men, a film by first-time director John Serpe. “It’s a vicious cycle,” she says. “You can’t get all your financing until you get a name actor, and you can’t get a name actor until you get your financing.” Sound familiar? It’s a… Read more »

THE GORE COMMISSION REPORT

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Between the impeachment proceedings in Washington and the bombing runs over Iraq, the mid-December release of a final report by the Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters didn’t stand much of a chance. Even on a slow news day, this was not the kind of material to create much of a… Read more »

Stratopshere Entertainment

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What is Stratosphere? We’re a new theatrical motion picture distribution company based in New York City. Who is Stratosphere? Founded by investor Carl Icahn and former film professor Paul E. Cohen, it is currently run by Richard Abramowitz. Total number of employees: 15. When did Stratosphere come into being? In the fall of 1997. Driving… Read more »

Creative Capital Foundation

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What is the Creative Capital Foundation? Creative Capital is a new national organization that will manage a revolving tax-exempt fund designed to support artists who are pursuing innovative, experimental approaches to form and/or content in the visual, performing, and media arts. How, when, and why did Creative Capital come into being? All kinds of developments… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Stratosphere Entertainment

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What is Stratosphere? We’re a new theatrical motion picture distribution company based in New York City. Who is Stratosphere? Founded by investor Carl Icahn and former film professor Paul E. Cohen, it is currently run by Richard Abramowitz. Total number of employees: 15. When did Stratosphere come into being? In the fall of 1997. Driving… Read more »

Funder FAQ: Creative Capital Foundation

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What is the Creative Capital Foundation? Creative Capital is a new national organization that will manage a revolving tax-exempt fund designed to support artists who are pursuing innovative, experimental approaches to form and/or content in the visual, performing, and media arts. How, when, and why did Creative Capital come into being? All kinds of developments… Read more »