The Trouble With Poets, my film about the exciting grassroots poetry scene in my hometown of Erie, PA, will air this Thursday, May 21, at 8 p.m. on WQLN, TV-54, my local public broadcast station. For those outside the viewing area, you can watch the film on Vimeo.

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Also, I’m having a retrospective screening of this and two other films Wednesday, June 10, at the Erie Movie House, a lovely little venue near Presque Isle run by a couple of film buffs. I like watching movies in the dark with a room full of people. It’s the closest that many of us can come to sitting around the campfire while the shaman tells stories. Please try to make it if you’re in the area!

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New Work April 2015

In: Filmmaking

Here are three videos I’ve completed since “The Trouble With Poets.”

The first is for a fundraising campaign by my friends Chris and Dean DeCrease. They are trying to establish a winter garden at Frontier Park in Erie, PA, in memory of their son Ben, who passed away in February. Here is the Kickstarter page for more information.

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My hour-long documentary about performing poets in Erie, PA, is completed and will be airing Thursday, May 21, at 8 p.m. on my local public television station, WQLN TV-54. It features performances by and interviews with 16 poets, collected over a nine-month period between June 2014 and last month. Here’s a trailer.

Special thanks to Chuck Joy, who more or less inspired it; to the late Kurt Sahlmann, to whom the program is dedicated; and Cee Williams, 2015 Poet Laureate of Erie County, who puts in an enormous amount of time scheduling and promoting events at Poets Hall (and still finds time to catch a few Lake Erie perch).

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FAVORITES AROUND THE WEB

John Eger, who teaches communication and public policy at San Diego State University, has posted a fantastic article about advanced technology and the survival of many cities. He’s one of a number of experts who agrees that the world is turning into a collection of powerful city/states in a global economy where nobody is in charge. Excellent reading.

Blackmagic Design rolled out some impressive new hardware at the NAB show in Las Vegas. Say what you will, this company is coming out with cost-effective innovations for all levels of filmmaking, from Hollywood movies to low-budget productions like my own.

Veteran indie producer Ted Hope, whose credits include 21 Grams by Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu, talks about Five Crucial Things We Want From Movies. Short, sweet, and definitely to the point.

Ted has gone back to producing after stints with the Fandor movie streaming service and the San Francisco Film Society. Here’s his master list of distribution case studies, a useful resource for those of us looking for ways to get our films in front of wider audiences.

 


        

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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