PBS – On the Verge of Something New?

PBS – On the Verge of Something New?

Today I attended the PBS Listening Tour in NYC, a forum for PBS executives to hear ideas from filmmakers and community members on creating national strategies to highlight independent films. A lot of documentary heavy hitters showed up to this meeting, and made direct complaints about a schedule change (which has been temporarily revoked) in New York that would take P.O.V. and Independent Lens (IL) off of prime time. They complained about how the show would lose prestige and have less of an audience, in turn affecting filmmakers ability to drum up future funding. One filmmaker threatened to pass on Independent Lens in the future because he could get more money elsewhere, and it wouldn’t be worth the sacrifice if he wasn’t getting the eyeballs. A woman on the panel then spoke about a filmmaker at Sundance passing on their bid. It’s possible that they may lose the type of programming they generally air with this programming decision. I started to think about how the face of these PBS shows would change if these popular filmmakers were no longer interested in airing during these time slots. And I got excited about it. I got in line to share my ideas, and of course, the event ended as my time to talk approached. So here are my ideas. Yay for blogs. PROGRAMMING A majority of the documentaries shown by both POV and Independent Lens (IL) are films that perform well on the film festival circuit, are made by popular filmmakers, and receive major funding. If these filmmakers no longer think POV and IL are prime spots, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF the...
Why Largesse?

Why Largesse?

Largesse means “generosity of spirit or attitude.” In addition to offering knowledge and know how, we offer our passion for your project. We do everything we can to help your film succeed. A few years ago a filmmaker named Jon Reiss came up with the idea that independent filmmakers need to start putting time, money, and attention into marketing their films if they wanted their projects to be successful. He wrote a very influential book called Think Outside the Box Office that has been a part of the shift in the independent film landscape. Considering I enjoyed the marketing aspect of my own feature film High Life a few years prior, it was clear to me that this was an avenue I should pursue. I found an immediate need for my services and have worked as a freelancer and consultant for over five years. It’s time to expand my knowledge and my practice, so, here’s Largesse!...