By Lance Weiler, March 7th, 2009

In 2008 From Here to Awesome experimented with a “day and date” festival model that helped filmmakers reach audiences on various devices and platforms while enabling them to retain their rights. Instead of repeating what we did last year we’ve decided to spend some time doing R&D around the topics that are impacting the futures of entertainment. Over the course of 2009 we’ll be holding a number of discussions with thought leaders from various industries. The first in the “From Here to Awesome” series centers on the issue of discovery.

Guest include: Left to Right – Dean Jansen (Outreach Director, Miro), Lance Weiler (story architect), Alex Johnson (digital strategist), Arin Crumley (filmmaker), Jerry Paffendorf (futurist)

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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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By Lance Weiler, October 20th, 2008

We’re excited to announce that FHTA will becoming to NYC this week for a special three day engagement. All 22 films will be screening. In addition to the theatrical screenings there will be a series of virtual screenings . When we set out to experiment with a “day and date” festival model, we hoped that the filmmakers would embrace the collaborative aspects of the concept. At the heart of FHTA is an open source philosophy, one that encourages filmmakers to share and work together to achieve similar goals. In the case of the NYC screening, the FHTA festival filmmakers came together to plan, book, and promote 3 days worth of screenings. In doing so they crowdsourced the festival.

FROM HERE TO AWESOME FILM FESTIVAL- Times Square
October 22-24, 2008
Times Square Arts Center
300 W. 43rd St, Ste 309/310
NY NY 10036
Tickets: $10
Advance tickets are available on venue website: http://timessquareartscenter.com/events/index.php?
More info: www.fhta-live.com/timessquare

But NYC is not the only place where the filmmakers have setup their own festival screenings. Other locations include Allentown, Calgary, and a self organized national FHTA shorts tour. More screenings will be occurring over the next few months and the films themselves can be found on various outlets for rental and / or purchase – IndieFlix, Heretic, Bside, Amazon, Joost, Caachi, Hulu, Vuze, and soon iTunes and Netflix. The filmmakers retain all their rights and receive 90% of the revenu For more details visit www.fromheretoawesome.com

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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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By lance weiler, October 6th, 2008

DIY DAYS Boston opened with a conversation with Todd Dagres. Thanks to Scott Kirsner over at CinemaTech for recording and posting the conversation. We’ll be posting the video soon.

Todd has produced several independent films (including the Sundance entry ‘TransSiberian’ this year), but he is best known as a venture capitalist who funds start-up companies like Veoh, EQAL, Twitter, and Next New Networks. Our conversation focused on how TV is changing… the as-yet-unproven business models of Internet video… financing and making independent films… how distribution is evolving… and why the word “community” ought to replace the word “audience” in your vocabulary.

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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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