The Federal Communications Commission has received a record number of letters and e-mails from people like me, small content creators who have to battle it out for your attention with the likes of Universal and Twentieth Century Fox. An open Internet is absolutely essential to our survival.

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The past few months have been busy, as I’ve scrambled to wrap up the first round of interviews and performances for Don’t Give Up Your Day Job (my documentary about the life experiences of working musicians) while taking on an increasing variety of projects for hire. Here are some recent examples.

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Just a short update to let you know I survived the epic Winter of 2013-14 up here in America’s snow capital, Erie, Pennsylvania. A few life events worthy of note.

• The FolkTube experiment at the Folk Alliance International conference (subject of my previous post) was a big success. About 25 artists and bands made videos during the three days I ran my pop-up video studio in room 1346 of the Westin Crown Center. I also shot a piano showcase in one of the main rooms with Kiki Ebsen, Marci Geller and the great Radoslav Lorkovic. I put together a YouTube playlist of the videos we did, and you can find it here.

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FAVORITES AROUND THE WEB

Filmmakers and event planners, if you’re looking to sponsorship as a means of financial support, here’s some required reading.

Indie film publicist Reid Rosefelt talks about why Facebook may not be as important to your audience-building campaign as you think it is. Find out Why Facebook Is In My Rear-View Mirror.

Thirty Really Bad Things in the Indie Film Business is über-producer Ted Hope’s grim assessment of the state of our art today.

David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire, talks about how There Are Now Two Americas in this op-ed from The Guardian, perhaps the English-speaking world’s last great newspaper.

 


        

Tom Weber Films LLC is a producer and distributor of films about music, including the feature-length documentary Troubadour Blues. We also produce artist profiles, electronic press kits, music videos, multi-camera live concert programs and narrative films. We act as distributor for other filmmakers in the North American and international markets. Welcome to our website.







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