Success In Art

In: Filmmaking

How do you measure success in art?

Why do we equate success with money, fame, celebrity? Why do we think a band that’s on tour with a big bus is successful, when we think a band that plays on Saturday nights for beer money is not? Even if the touring band plays songs that are devoid of any human emotion and the local band plays heartfelt songs that relate directly to their audience’s lives?

I’m beginning to think that our concept of success is a gatekeeper, used by big media conglomerates to stay in control.

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I’m approaching the gigantic South By Southwest conference-festival-tradeshow like I approach most things — starting with small exploratory trips around the periphery before diving in headfirst. Today I stood in various lines for about 90 minutes to get my “platinum” registration badge. The picture captures but a small portion of the endless queue, which snaked all the way around the gigantic Austin Convention Center.

My platinum badge is not some kind of VIP item, it just means I am here for all three segments of the 10-day event: Interactive, Film and Music.

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A Small Update

In: Filmmaking

Looking at the date on that last post, I really need to catch this blog up to date. I’ll be screening Troubadour Blues Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Winter Roots and Blues Roundup in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada — and then sticking around to talk to music and filmmaking students on Monday and Tuesday.

Here’s an ad that’s running next month in Video Librarian, a magazine for media buyers at library systems and university libraries.

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The links are all still good.

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.

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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