June 8, 2011

First Weekend Club: Supporting independent film

by JD Lasica

At Media That Matters, the extraordinary gathering of media activists and documentary filmmakers in Hollyhock on the remote British Columbia isle of Cortes Island last month, I spent some time with Anita Adams, founder and executive director of the First Weekend Club and one of the coolest people I’ve met this year. Watch, download or embed the video on Vimeo … Continue reading

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May 24, 2011

Highlights from Media That Matters 2011

by JD Lasica

Photo of a bald eagle I took on Friday while kayaking (copyright 2011 by JD Lasica) The most sublime media conference that you’ve never heard of takes place every spring in Hollyhock, a tiny town on the remote island of Cortes in British Columbia. Just getting to the place is a bit of an adventure. Last week was the 12th … Continue reading

August 25, 2010

How to crowdsource the production of a feature length film

by David Spark

What Hollywood has discovered is that people can be really passionate about stories and characters. Fans are so emphatic they just want more. Hollywood appeases them with additional content such as t-shirts, extras on a DVD, and maybe a podcast.

But what if the entire production is fully shut down, yet the fans want the story to continue? Continue reading

November 15, 2009

‘Avatar’ producer Jon Landau on keeping film bloggers in the production loop

by David Spark

At The CMO [Chief Marketing Officer] Club Summit in San Francisco, I spoke with film producer Jon Landau (‘Titanic,’ ‘Dick Tracy,’ ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ and the upcoming ‘Avatar’) about keeping film bloggers, like “Ain’t It Cool News” Harry Knowles, in the loop even when you’re in the middle of production.

Watch the video in high definition on YouTube. Continue reading

December 21, 2008

Von Iva hits big time in Jim Carrey’s new movie

by JD Lasica

The Von Iva interview from JD Lasica on Vimeo. At the last Macworld Expo Culture Catch Salon, I bumped into the drummer of Von Iva, a San Francisco band that hit the big time this weekend with the release of Jim Carrey’s new movie, Yes Man. I hadn’t heard of Von Iva until then, but Kelly Harris was down-to-earth and … Continue reading

Category: Film, Music, Podcasts & interviews
October 19, 2008

Photos of ‘The Conversation’

by JD Lasica

Here are some photos of The Conversation: The Future of Cinema, Games & Online Video, a two-day conference held Friday and Saturday at the Pacific Film Archive at UC Berkeley. Journalist-author Scott Kirsner organized the program, which was geared toward filmmakers, digital media makers and gamers. Above is a shot of Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, founders of the one-of-a-kind JibJab, … Continue reading

Category: Film, Games, Video