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      EDITOR'S NOTE
Independent film is going away, crumbling before our eyes. I mean this literally - it really is disintegrating. Of course, I'm not referring to the business environment but to the films themselves. While studios can afford climate-controlled vaults and have teams of archivists exploring their stacks to find DVD-ready reissue material, so much of our independent film culture exists in foreclosed upon storage units, in labs that are teetering financial, or in that box out by the garage.

To assess how large a problem this is, and to lay the groundwork for a future initiative around independent film archiving practices, Filmmaker has created a survey that we hope you will take a moment to complete. The survey was inspired by a paper entitled "The Digital Dilemma," a report by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and it asks everyone from directors and producers to executives, writers, editors and d.p.s about their practices and desires surrounding the proper preservation of their work. It only takes about two minutes to complete, and we'd really appreciate it if you could take the time and complete it. And as a reward for taking the survey you'll get a half-off discount to a year or two years (your choice) of the magazine. The thank you note after the survey will tell you how to do it. Deadline to take the survey is Oct. 16.

Also appreciated are all the people who have taken advantage of Filmmaker Magazine's Fall Stimulus Plan, which is a great half-price subscription offer that bundles in our digital edition free of charge. A year of Filmmaker is only $10. The deal ends today, Thursday, September 24 because first thing tomorrow we're shipping the mailing list of the new issue to the printer. And, there are some articles in the next issue you need to read, including Esther B. Robinson's inspiring ten-step plan to survive the financial crisis without giving up on filmmaking. So, if you haven't already, please consider subscribing. If you enjoy reading Filmmaker, it's the best way to support is, and in return we promise to keep thinking hard about and reporting back on the changes our industry is going through and all the opportunities that lie ahead.

See you next week.

Best,

Scott Macaulay
Editor
      NEW IN THEATERS
CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY
Arguably the most famous documentary filmmaker in the U.S., Michael Moore returns to his Roger & Me roots with Capitalism: A Love Story, examining how big corporations have a dominant influence in the lives of everyday Americans and the rest of the world. It's been a year since the economy collapsed, and Moore goes around D.C. and Wall Street interviewing higher-ups as the voice of the ordinary person, wanting to know where U.S. taxpayer money went, why cruises were given to corporate employees while people lost their homes, and why health care costs keep rising.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
Circulating with indie buzz, Paranormal Activity, a feature directorial debut from 25 New Faces alum Oren Peli, is a tense, DIY horror film shot in a faux doc style, a la The Blair Witch Project. Katie (Katie Featherston) is convinced that there are strange going-ons at night in the home she shares with her boyfriend, Micah (Micah Sloat), so he buys a video camera, lets it run all night, and it captures scary, spooky things that begin to jolt the couple awake. With a ridiculously scared psychic (Michael Bayouth) trying to help them, Paranormal Activity only asks of its audience to go along for the ride and place themselves in the shoes of this increasingly paranoid couple as Halloween approaches.

      RECENT BLOGS

This week on the blog, Scott Macaulay learns about Werner Herzogs (pictured left) Rogue Film School, posts Funny or Die's take on health reform and Pamela Cohn reports from Independent Film Week. (1, 2).

To read more posts from our blog, click here.

      UPCOMING AT IFP
ON THE SCENE @ INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK
IFP's Independent Film Week wraps up today. To get an inside look at what happened this year, read the posts of the filmmakers who blogged on Filmmaker's Website during IFW.
Kristi Jacobson - Hungry in America, Spotlight on Documentaries (1)
Paul Lovelace & Jessica Wolfson, a.k.a. Lost Footage Films - Radio Unnameable, Spotlight on Documentaries (1, 2)
Rebecca Richman Cohen - War Don Don, Spotlight on Documentaries (1, 2)
Jennifer Phang (pictured left with director Tze Chun) - Look for Water, No Borders (1, 2)
Noah Harlan - Free In Deed, No Borders (1)
Melissa B. Miller - The Tested, Emerging Narratives (1, 2)

      NEWEST WEB ARTICLE
FROM HOLLYWOOD TO nobody
By Rob Perez

Sometimes people ask me how I went from living in Los Angeles, writing a studio film like 40 Days & 40 Nights, to living in Minneapolis, directing an independent comedy like nobody. It's a fair question but it seems there's a subtext here, too. Many people think independent film is a step down from the studio system. And I'm sure it is - for some people. read more

      FESTIVAL DEADLINES

SEPTEMBER
Independent Film Festival of Boston
Submission Deadline: Sept. 30 (early), Dec. 31 (final)
Festival Dates: April 21-28

OCTOBER
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Oct. 5, Nov. 2 (final)
Festival Dates: March 23-28

Charleston International Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Oct. 16, Jan. 21 (final)
Festival Dates: April 8-11

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