By lance weiler, January 10th, 2008

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This edition of TCIBR is brought to you by IndieFlix and Breakthrough Distribution – Our guest today is doc filmmaker Don Argott. Don exploded onto the scene with his feature debut Rock School, an entertaining doc about the Paul Green School of Rock. Rock School was acquired by Picture House for a low seven figure advance out of the LA Film Festival. For his newest doc Two Days in April Don turns his cameras on the NFL draft.

In the discussion Don looks back on Rock School and explains what he learned in the process and how he’s appling it to his current work. Two Days in April is currently available through NetFilx as a DVD rental or digital stream. Bside.com is also handling a number of special screenings nationwide.

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For more info on Two Days in April and Don’s films visit 914 pictures.

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lance weiler is the founder of the WorkBook Project and also a story architect of film, tv and games. He's written and directed two feature films THE LAST BROADCAST and HEAD TRAUMA. He's currently developing a number of transmedia projects

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  • This might also be interesting to filmmakers who wish to use social media as a promotion for a new site that is launching called One Fat Cigar. It uses a script to screen approach and allows film fans to follow a project from day 1, as well as cast and crew the project through the site, allowing members to become actively involved and engaged. Quite an interesting extension to the presentation.

  • Roan Epona

    This is good stuff. I jumped into this after the first time I heard Arin Crumley talk about it, and then Lance, which lead me here and to this great website resource. I then launched my own project using these ideas. One thing Arin mentioned is that political campaigns are really ripe for social media networking and can catch on like wild fire. We've seen Obama make use of this.

    But I wanted to add that the Ning.com networks are another great tool. I heard one of your filmmaker interviews where they used a Ning site as their official movie website. The Huffington Post did this during the 2008 election to recruit grass roots bloggers, too. I always liked Ning and so I tried the same idea with my political documentary Stop War, and had some limited success.

    One thing about Ning is that it can be used as a focal point or home website for your project. You can combine all the other social outlets there. You can add RSS feeds using your delicious bookmarks, and you can post slide photo shows and videos as well as blogs. It also offers text blocks so you can put up links to your other networks like Facebook and Twitter. But what's really cool is that anyone can join your project and post their own media and blogs right there.

    I'm not affiliated with Ning. I just think they have a cool thing going. Check out my Stop War project.

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