July/August 1999

The Cinema Guild


What is The Cinema Guild?
We are a well-established (in business over 25 years) “full-service” distributor of motion pictures in all markets—theatrical, nontheatrical, television, and home video—and are thereby able to oversee the release of a film and maximize its commercial potential throughout its entire distribution career.

Who is The Cinema Guild?

Film Festivals: How To...

Get the Most Mileage out of the Independent Feature Film Market


My desk is festooned with the fruits of two previous Independent Feature Film Markets: a cupful of pens, buttons, a mousepad, a key ring. And that's not counting the baseball caps and t-shirts that are given out by filmmakers each September to promote their work.

Funder FAQ: The Aperture Film Grant


When and why did the Aperture Film Grant come into being?
I [Lewis] was raising money to shoot my own short film, and I thought that doing so under a nonprofit umbrella would make the process easier. This did not turn out to be the case, but a friend, Eric Taras, suggested that a nonprofit would be a good vehicle for raising money for other people and creating a permanent corporation.

The Aperture Film Grant


When and why did the Aperture Film Grant come into being?
I [Lewis] was raising money to shoot my own short film, and I thought that doing so under a nonprofit umbrella would make the process easier. This did not turn out to be the case, but a friend, Eric Taras, suggested that a nonprofit would be a good vehicle for raising money for other people and creating a permanent corporation.

Funder FAQ: Experimental Television Center


When and why did the Experimental Television Center (ETC) come into being?

Mind Over Body?

Ventura puts choke hold on Minnesota public broadcasting.


Fewer people will be hearing about the plight of the rural farmer on Minnesota public broadcasting, now that there's a new Body in town. Reform Party Governor and former pro-wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura (who's recently renamed himself Jesse "The Mind" Ventura) is phasing out the $4 million that public broadcasting receives from the state of Minnesota.

Distributor FAQ: V Tape


What is V tape?

V Tape


What is V tape?

Avid Leaves Mac on the Cutting Room Floor


NAB is always a forum for major announcements and surprising releases, but few announcements have created as big a stir in the broadcast and film communities as this year's statements by Avid, Incorporated.

Off the Beaten Track: the Blair Witch Project


We're kind of a garage band of filmmaking," says Dan Myrick of his collaborators, an Orlando, Florida-based film collective called Haxan Films. Low-fi and revved up with basement tape ingenuity, Haxan cranked it to eleven in their debut film as a group, a thoroughly spooky mock-documentary-cum-horror film called The Blair Witch Project.

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