Congratulations you’ve graduated! Now what?…

Now that you’ve graduated what’s the rush to get a job all about?

I couldn’t help but listen to the conversations surrounding me as I sat in my seat waiting for my son to receive his degree and flip that tassel from one side of the mortar board to the other.

The number one question was what is he going to do now?

I didn’t have an answer. What I want for my son is to take a few days or weeks or even months to decompress, to feel his feelings, to think his thoughts and to let the dust of a lifetime of academics settle.

Why is it so important to jump into the work world the minute we graduate? Is there only a short window of time a graduate can land a good job? Are they going to forget everything they’ve learned? Will they suddenly lose all motivation? Is there a benefit? I actually think there could be a downside. We rush through life focused on the next thing. I think we need to slow down and savor those hard earned moments of achievement before diving into the next chapter. If one doesn’t know what to do surely a simple job to make ends meet while they decide what’s important to them won’t hurt; in fact I think it is key to future decision making. Clarity. Focus. Calm.  I think I did an okay job raising my son. I trust his ability to make good decisions.

Congratulations Ian!

Love your #1 Fan (Mom)

Found this brain dump I wrote in 2005 before we launched IndieFlix

I was cleaning my office the Sunday before Sundance. The kind of cleaning where you throw out files, mementos, festival passes and things you’ll never need. I came across some old photos, journals, letters and a file of ideas I had jotted down called brain drains. These are rapid fire, often times poor grammar pure unaltered brain dumps. I read it and got goosebumps.  We had not launched IndieFlix and yet the vision was crystal clear. I was then reminded about how we came up with the name IndieFlix (which I’ll save for another post) and how I envisioned Netflix acquiring us.  Coincidentally my second day in Park City I was standing in line for the film Gleason and the man next to me was none other than Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix.  We shook hands and chatted. We’d met 10 years earlier when we were both on a panel at Sundance.  I am now reliving the birth of a whole new IndieFlix which launches next month. I’m excited to write my next brain drain on what I believe the next 3-5 years will look like for our industry and I can’t wait for everyone to incorporate the new IndieFlix user experience into their lives. I think it’s game changing.

Below is the copy from the brain drain I wrote in June 2005 before we launched IndieFlix.

This was just a little more brain drain I had over the weekend. It may mean nothing but it feels a little different in its approach to explain who we are (especially to filmmakers).

Rx for DISTRIBUTION THE EQUITABLE REAL DEAL

June 20, 2005

Once a filmmaker always a filmmaker, even when it comes to distribution.

Where did the idea come from that filmmakers know only how to make films but not how to sell them, or that if a filmmaker couldn’t secure distribution that their film wasn’t good enough? That’s like saying a parent only knows how to give birth but not know how to raise the child or that if your kid doesn’t get into the best school, that has limited openings, he or she isn’t good enough?

Today’s filmmakers are more than just storytellers who artfully and skillfully put their vision on tape or film. They are also digital technicians, effective publicists & distributors who already know their audience. They know how to network and they persevere with a passion nothing less than that of a mother protecting her young.

When Plan A’s lottery method of securing (pie in the sky) distribution fails. Plan B can oftentimes be more successful providing access and exposure and some return. Plan B is usually more attainable & realistic while reclaiming the control, power and rights we as filmmakers give up when we dream of a theatrical opening.

We all know the landscape of our business has changed dramatically. Filmmakers are now armed with an arsenal of technology that allows us the opportunity to reap what we sow.

Remember when you had to book a plane reservation through a travel agent? It was fine we really didn’t know any differently. Now we book our trips on line and have more options and control. It’s so easy and anyone can do it. No one is excluded. IndieFlix will have that same effect on the film world.

After waiting around for decades for a company like IndieFlix; we decided to build it ourselves. IndieFlix was found by filmmakers, for filmmakers and their audiences. We have created a company that clearly allows the filmmaker to get back what they put in – no gimmicks, no punch lines, no hidden agendas, costs or surprises. It’s the means & the way to finish what you’ve started with the same passion, enthusiasm & support you may have experienced when you shot your film.

If you have a finished film then you know the industry, how it works and how it should work. We can’t change what’s wrong in the world of standard distribution but this is a good start.

Scilla

This is one of the most important movies for families to watch together, SCREENAGERS Growing Up In The Digital Age

We made the NY Times! It’s validation and here’s why… The average child in America spends more time consuming electronic media than going to school…yet 7 in 10 children worry that their parents are the ones who are plugged in and tuned out.

Director Delany Ruston and my fellow producers, Karin Gornick and Lisa Tabb have worked tirelessly on this film (68 mins). We are releasing it only through community screenings with the help of our incredible team at IndieFlix because we want parents, kids and educators to have a conversation about the role screens play in our lives and how much screen time is healthy.  The film offers solutions and addresses one of the greatest parenting challenges of our time.  We update our website, ScreenagersMovie.com regularly. You can find screenings to attend as well as book your own screening and please take advantage of all of the free resources we provide to make healthy changes that make sense for you and your family.

Feel The Love This Valentine’s Day With These Indie Rom-Coms

Happy Valentine’s Day IndieFlix-sters

Photos and Drawings – While working on a portrait series for an up coming gallery show, photographer Joel finds his inspiration through a chance meeting with artist Helena. Later, he learns that she has a gallery opening the same night as his. Joel makes a surprise appearance and discovers something more. http://bit.ly/2aDW69M

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Sometimes the Moon is Velvet – Jack, a struggling fisherman from a lonely seaside village, one night finds a velvet dress in the ocean that he believes will bring him luck. However, when a beautiful homeless girl steals the dress, they find that love can really turn your world upside down. http://bit.ly/2bgO2Ae

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Brink – Jeremy makes one final confession before all is lost. Watch this visually stunning and romantic short on IndieFlix. http://bit.ly/2bfUB3K

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Not a Romantic? Take a Look at These “Screw Love” Films On IndieFlix

Love is good and all but have you ever had Mac & Cheese?????

Coffee & Pie – In this self-proclaimed anti-romantic comedy, June and October are breaking up. Manipulative June feels her moral superiority justifies the breakup & a confused October learns from a waitress that revenge is a dish best served with pie. http://bit.ly/1S47N7k

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Spider – It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. http://bit.ly/1Ug7U3T

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Dik  A six year old boy brings home a piece of school work that provokes his parents to question his sexual orientation… and their own. http://bit.ly/1P0L6pT

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Pipas – Two friends discuss one friend’s cheating boyfriend, as life goes right over their heads. http://bit.ly/296nUnn

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Shanghai Love Market – Every weekend in Shanghai’s famous Peoples’ Park, parents hang posters to match-make their unwed children. But when true love is at stake, sometimes even the best plans have a funny way of coming undone. http://bit.ly/2b6J5tj

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Love Is Love. Celebrate LGBTQIA+ With These IndieFlix Films

The Devotion Project: Foremost in my Mind – This story will resonate with the “late bloomers” among us as it tracks the course of two women’s incredible lives, each rich with accomplishment, and celebrates their love story. http://bit.ly/2aDjfZW

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Holden – Holden is a young photographer who travels to Paris for a photoshoot with a successful French actor. Holden falls in love from the very beginning. Both will spend the night together, knowing that it will probably be the only night they can. http://bit.ly/1XnCrAu

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Together ForeverA film about marriage equality, perfect timing, and creating romance in the everyday. http://bit.ly/2b1VL3J

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Sundance Is Still Here! Watch Our Sundance Faves Here

Spider – It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. http://bit.ly/1Ug7U3T

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The Messenger – An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer. http://bit.ly/2aoBvq0

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Winter’s Bone – An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

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Celebrate Your Love Of Indie With These Sundance Films

Watch these Sundance favorites on IndieFlix

The Act – At a comedy club, the Ha Ha Hut, the M.C. introduces the next act, comedian Rosy Marconi (That 70s Show). The film jumps back and forth between her performance and later that night as she stands alone in her unlit kitchen. http://bit.ly/2auR92H

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Adventures of Power – In his quest to become the world’s greatest air-drummer, a small-town dreamer must overcome obstacles and ridicule to save the day. Power’s journey across America helps him discover the beat within his own heart. http://bit.ly/291g0e4

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I Love Sarah Jane – Jimbo is 13 and can think of only one girl – Sarah Jane. And no matter what stands in his way – bullies, violence, chaos, or zombies – nothing will stop him from finding a way into her world. http://bit.ly/2aQWnuS

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The Raftman’s Razor – Two teen boys spend a summer obsessing about a superhero who does almost nothing. http://bit.ly/1tkFvkW

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Honestly You’re Only A Hipster If You’re Subscribed to IndieFlix

These films may be off the radar but they’re sure on IndieFlix’s!

HowlThis film recounts  the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society’s reaction, and animation that echoes the poem’s surreal style. http://bit.ly/295XpD1

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Castello Cavalcanti – In the short film written and directed by Wes Anderson, a Formula One driver crashes his car during a race, leaving him stuck in a small village but with good surprises coming his way. http://bit.ly/2auXBHv

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Gold – An offbeat comedy about an estranged father who returns to his hometown after an absence of ten years in order to reconnect with his daughter and ex-wife but unwittingly finds himself responsible for almost destroying all their lives. http://bit.ly/22ripoq

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Scenes from the Suburbs – A thirty-minute short film directed by Spike Jonze and inspired by Arcade Fire’s critically acclaimed album, The Suburbs. The film explores the lives of normal teens growing up in suburbia and themes of war. http://bit.ly/1Z5MRCs 

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Transform Yourself This Year With IndieFlix

New year, new me.

Sati Shaves Her Head – Inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Bernice Bobs Her Hair,” this film is a modern take on the classic fish out of water tale. Nikki tries to teach Sati a lesson, but soon learns that revenge is a dish best served shaved! http://bit.ly/2aplg1x

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The Hero Pose – Mia is eight years old and wants to do anything but hang out at her dad’s house, trying to sell a car that doesn’t run. This is a story about a father and daughter, and those precious moments in life when two people are able to pause and connect. http://bit.ly/2aur1Wg

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Living on One Dollar – Carrying only a video camera and a desire to understand, four friends spend just 56 dollars each for 56 days in rural Pena Blanca, Guatemala. They return home transformed hoping to inspire their generation to help make a difference. http://bit.ly/2adjgbq

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Abiogenesis – In this breathtaking science fiction spectacle, a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation, that has profound implications for an entire galaxy. http://bit.ly/2aXSXD5

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