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Archive for the ‘Short Films’ Category

“Indie” Another Way Of Saying Innovative?

December 22, 2010

What defines the “Indie” aesthetic? Some say, its an a edginess that eschews mainstream roles and requirements. Others say its a certain purity of purpose that comes from being unsigned and undiscovered. Still others have posited that the word is nothing more than its root definition: independent, original, obscure and wholly lacking dependence on mainstream […]

Section 181 “Indie” Film Tax Credit Resurrected in Tax Deal

December 20, 2010

Obama has breathed new life into the Section 181 film tax credit (originally blogged about here) that had expired at the end of 2008. Originally signed into law as part of the 2004 Jobs Creation Act, it has been resurrected as part of the controversial new tax bill. The new tax bill recently signed into law […]

DIY Indie Film Marketing: Blogging rewards and risks

June 16, 2010

If blogging is part of your marketing plan, if your business sends free samples to bloggers or if you hire endorsers or spokespeople, then you need to know about Federal Trade Commission guidelines surrounding paid endorsements.

Aided by technology, Sundance brining indie films to a screen nearer than you think

February 5, 2010

Technology and a new Sundance road show are helping festival organizers and filmmakers expand their audience. On Thursday, as the event heads into the closing weekend of its 11-day run, eight films and their directors will be in eight cities around the country, giving fans a taste of the nation’s top showcase for independent cinema […]

IRS Section 181 Film Production Incentives Nears Renewal

January 29, 2010

What Is IRS Section 181? Will IRS Section 181 Be Renewed? How Can I Take Advantage of IRS Section 181 Production Incentives? As many in the Film and Television industry know, IRS Section 181, first enacted by Congress in 2004, (explained here), permits a 100% write-off for the cost of certain audio-visual productions (e.g., theatrical, […]

Dead Celebrities: Use of Another’s Likeness in Film Under The Illinois Right of Publicity Act

October 20, 2009

Whether the image, voice, likeness or identity of deceased celebrities or lesser-known individuals may be exploited in commercial endeavors turns on the analysis of the individual’s “right of publicity” or the ability of the individual’s heirs to control that right. Generally speaking, analysis of right of publicity law presents significant challenges since there is no […]