Archiving documentary footage and films may not be a sexy issue, but in this digital age, it's an increasingly critical one. To help call attention to it, the IDA and DOC NYC are hosting a two-day Documentary Preservation Summit, which began March 31 and continues on April 1.

The speakers at the summit include Academy Award winning directors D.A. Pennebaker ("Monterey Pop," "The War Room") and Barbara Kopple ("Harlan County USA," "American Dream"); producer-director Warrington Hudlin, the founder of the Black Filmmaker Foundation; Margaret Bodde, the executive director of The Film Foundation, and Sandra Schulberg, the head of the IndieCollect film documentation and preservation campaign. More HERE

Whether it is a film or a start up, you are going to hit some bumps -- but they should be part of the story: Jay Webb explains some of the challenges face during the start-up phase of IndieStreet and announces the blog you are looking at now.  The blog, in his words looks to develop into "the bridge between the mainstream and IndieStreet's artists."

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Ted Hope recently released his book "Hope For Film. If you are starting a film career, or even on the fringes of the industry, this book is for you. Ted's discussions and experience can help you make some big decisions on how you want to sculpt your production and distribution paths in any artistic endeavor. It is a fast paced, ever changing world, and Ted seems to have a pretty good idea about where we are headed. Indie Street is hopeful to stay a part of the positive movements surrounding artists and filmmakers as we help to give them more tools to make $ from their own creations. Buy Ted's book on Amazon Wanna know why Ted decided to write a his recent blog post. "10 Reasons Why I wrote a book"