Over the years, I’ve seen too many filmmakers become embittered by their distribution deals. Sometimes they had unrealistic expectations, sometimes they got caught in bad deals. The filmmakers who feel disgruntled range from those with niche titles all the way to the most successful directors. I remember seeing an esteemed director at the Toronto International Film Festival being greeted warmly by the head of a distribution company. “That’s funny,” the director later told me, “I’m currently suing his company for unpaid royalties.” Behind the diplomatic smiles lie many untold stories. Read more…
One of Moving Train’s fiscally-sponsored projects, Theory of Obscurity: a film about The Residents, just finished 2013 with a hugely successful IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign. They raised over $40,000 that will be used to complete post-production for the film. Find out more about this project here.
A trio of filmmakers have launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund a new, exhaustive documentary about the long-running and anonymous art-rock unit The Residents. Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the The Residents will feature interviews with, among others, Les Claypool of Primus, Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller, The Simpsons creator Matt Groenig, Jerry Casale of Devo, and Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads. The new documentary also contains footage its creators captured while following The Residents on their 40th anniversary tour across the US and Europe. The film is being made with the blessing of the group’s management company, The Cryptic Corporation, who gave the filmmakers “unprecedented access to the group’s vast archives.”
Watch the pitch from the people behind Theory of Obscurity, followed by some footage from the forthcoming film, below. Also, check out the movie’s website for more information and more videos.
When filmmaker Ramona Persaud decided to home-school her children, she soon realized how difficult it would be.
“I would keep asking [my daughter], ‘Why aren’t you getting this? Why aren’t you remembering?’ And telling her, ‘We can sit here all day,'” Persaud said. “She was getting visibly frustrated and stressed, as was I. It was just not working.”
Then Persaud came across a teaching approach — the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model developed by a Baltimore educator in one of the highest-performing schools in the city — that she said gave her a reality check. Her daughter wasn’t retaining information, she realized, because of the way our brains are wired.
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