Summers in Erie, PA, are like roller coaster rides. June is cool and rainy as the coaster creeps slowly toward the crest of the first hill. July 4 weekend, everything stands still for a moment. And we’re suddenly whizzing through hairpin turns, clickety-clack, up down and around. Before you know it, time for the big festivals, Roar on the Shore in mid-July and Celebrate Erie in mid-August. Then the kids go back to school right before Labor Day and everything takes on a pumpkin flavor. Summer’s over — where did it go?

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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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FAVORITES AROUND THE WEB

SORRY, THIS HASN’T BEEN UPDATED IN A LONG TIME (9/4/16)
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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