Friday, October 09, 2009

Touring, Hackers & Other Stuff

October 9, 2009

We are still out here! Moses and I are on our way to Dubuque, IA for a weekend of screenings and workshops. I’ll be at the Mind Frame Theaters on October 11th for a screening of Kicking Bird and a workshop, so stop on by.

After Dubuque we’ll be in Toledo, then Bowling Green doing screenings and workshops.

The tour has been going well, but the weather is turning. It has been pouring the last couple of days which is always fun to drive in.

I was on a panel a couple days ago with a filmmaker and the subject of digital downloads came up. This filmmaker had made a low budget zombie movie and had put it up on a well known site for downloading and his film got hacked. Somehow he was able to determine that his film has now been downloaded thousands (and possibly tens of thousands) of times illegally. What does that mean? That means that people are watching his movie for free and he is still trying to pay it off. He self-funded using credit cards (you all know how I feel about this) and so he is working like crazy to pay off what he owes and people are stealing his movie. He did say isn’t it great that so many people are watching my movie, but that isn’t helping me pay my bills.

This is horrible! We are not big famous, wealthy filmmakers here. We are trying to make a living like everyone else through our work and some people are taking advantage of us. Yes, we have all downloaded a song or gotten a copy of software from someone and it is wrong. When I talked to this fellow and really thought about it I see that maybe we think we are sticking it to some big corporation with the copies we make of things, but we are also hurting the little guys, like us.

If there are any hackers reading this do me a favor, I know you are going to do what you do no matter what anyone says, but please take a look at who or what you are hacking and if it is a small independent filmmaker, band, musician or other type of artist, leave us alone. We are just trying to survive here, and truthfully our stuff isn’t that tough to hack. Please pick on someone who can afford it better than we can.

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Go to my site, ( and buy it for a mere $16.95 + $3 S&H. You’ll feel better about yourself in the morning.

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On to other stuff.

Even though Moses and I are on the road, I still have a few open dates on the Fall Tour so if you want us to come to your college, university, media art center, high school, theater or even to your house for dinner this Fall send me a note,

Don’t forget to check out my tour sponsors, Show Biz Software, (, Pollard Design (, Zoom Creates (, and Cheezy Flicks ( ). If you haven’t checked out their sites and their services, you better.

And I’m welcoming a new Sponsor, Film Slug, ( but more about them later…

As always, feel free to link to my site and you can subscribe to my blog. So what are you waiting for?

Talk later.



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