Is It Time To Blow The Whole Thing Up?
This timely piece by Manohla Dargis, published on January 29, 2010 in the NY Times just as Sundance 2010 winds down, acknowledges that the "studio-indie" model has disintegrated but Dargis sees a new nonstudio model emerging from the rubble.
Here are two excerpts from the article:
"Any future alternative film culture will depend on the cultivation of younger patrons who are used to receiving much if not all of their entertainment at home and on hand-held devices."
"This year’s Sundance was abuzz about entries that were available for rental on YouTube or through video on demand during the festival, as filmmakers try out new ways to make an impact. These small-screen efforts have met with skepticism even while reaping the expected publicity, because it’s unclear how they might affect a movie’s distribution chances post-festival. Now, as the independent cinema nurses its Hollywood hangover, the future remains unclear even as one message is getting louder: It is time to blow the whole thing up."