Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Nevertheless, a lot of press has been given lately to the idea that you have to go 100% web 2.0 where a page on one of these sights is an ablsolute must-have. The mantra was picked up by many of the most dedicated women promoting their films I know. Me, I couldn't see the point to MySpace or Facebook even if I had a million so-called friends. After you're a celebrity, okay maybe. But as a business model, I couldn't see how it would do me, my films or my festival any material good, so I avoided it and felt guilty.
So imagine my relief when I went to BlogHer 08 in San Francisco last weekend and heard one after another woman with a successful web presence (successful meaning money-making) dismiss these tools that I had been feeling guilty about not using. Setting up and maintaining these social networking pages takes a lot of time and does nothing to build an audience. It can be used to keep an audience loyal, but many of the women I know are looking to build their numbers. These sites are not the place to do that.
Only one tool that I did not understand turned out to be a winner, and that was Twitter. I got some good advice and workable examples of how to use it effectively in conjunction with blogging. Not only that, it turns out to be a streamlined and often fun connector of people with like passions. I see how it would work to build a following. But more on that another time. For now, I'm just happy to let go of the guilt.
Breast Fest is now accepting video submissions for a short film competition. The winning films will be screened at the Festival, taking place on November 21 & 22, 2008 in Toronto.
We are looking for films of all genres that shed light on breast health and the issues surrounding breast cancer in significant and interesting ways. Produce a PSA, short film, or animation - the shorter the better - 10 minutes max!
Entry Deadline: August 24, 2008
For details go to http://tinyurl.com/63agv8
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I'm still not comfortable with the form, but am going to have a bunch of broads over to learn how to use it, so that we can make a whole community of funny broads there. You can follow me at BroadHumor.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
At BlogHer '08, talk about the lack of female voices in the political arena reminds me that our difficulties getting our films to be included in the entertainment industry are part of a larger social issue.
The following liveblog of the political blog panel, Top-Notch Political Commentary, lays out the numbers.
Statistics on public debate:
85% are mostly privileged (Harvard and Yale graduate) white male debates. 85% of Hollywood producers and radio producers are men. Only 2 of the 19 major syndicated radio talk show hosts are women. 84% Congress is male.
1 out of 20 of top political blogs are written by women. Great to have our voices out there, but even better to have our voices out there in a place where it can be heard. Half of our nation's best brains are missing in national conversation.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Creating Karma by Jill Wisoff
Las Perdidas by Laura Somers and Lauren Costa
Best No-Budget Short
You're Too by Meg Weidner
Pursepectives by Wendy Cohen
The Pussycats by Jill Broadfoot
Audience Award Honorable Mentions
Oh, Sammy! by Susan Deming
Red Flag by Victoria Cordova
Citizen Rose by Anne Kruse
The Happy Dance by Pamela Rodeheaver and Lisa Katz
Tongue Tide by Gwen Baer and Linda Yandell
Romantic Comedy (co-winners)
Izzy and Allie by Suzanne Studer Iselt
Pomona Mona by Constance Brenner
What Do You Thinx of Madeline Minx? by Noemi Zeigler
Suspicious Minds - Pilot by Roxanne Marciniak