I wrote a couple of articles about educational distribution for IndieWire’s Hope For Film blog. These are mostly geared towards encouraging filmmakers to think beyond the standard theatrical and home video markets but I would also suggest sending them over to your film departments to hand out to students:
The first is how to begin the educational adventure:
The second are examples of making a difference using media in education:
A third article is in development about online and streaming media usage in the educational environment. It will include highlights from the College of Direct Support, AsiaPacificFilms.com and American Council for the Blind.
Working Title is being used to through a U.S. Department of State library program to help appreciate the living circumstances of being a fine artist. A recent user explained: “Importantly, this film goes a long way in making ‘artists’ analyze what that title means for themselves and it inspires the confidence to boldly accept and embrace who they are. I saw my students absolutely captivated by WORKING TITLE and it served as a great discussion starter.” — Edwin M. E. Smith, Bermuda College (http://www.workingtitle.tv)
The Collector of Bedford Street won Best Story at the BOSI International Film Festival in Belgrade! (www.welcomechange.org)
Meanwhile, the trip to Uzbekistan that director Alice Elliott and self-advocate Diana Braun (www.dianaandkathy.com) took continues to have an impact as the local disability movement enthusiastically explained:
Possible Future Utilities?
A startup company called Orson is looking to create a new website/software service for filmmakers that will focus on booking services like theater rentals and VOD outlets by themselves. However, they want filmmakers feedback in the process to make sure to cater to what filmmakers find important. If you’re interested in adding your 2 cents (as I can never stop myself from doing), you’ll find a survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/filmmakers
For those of you looking at both open source media and new developments in interactive production, a new program is in development called Zeega: “an open-source HTML5 platform for creating interactive documentaries”. It is in alpha. You can sign up for updates. Here is a story from the Harvard Gazette: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2011/06/from-a-to-zeega/