BIZ OF CREATING

At only a mere 4 days away from Christmas, last minute gift lifts are being wrapped up and the final bow of shopping completion is being tied up and set. However, there are always a few stragglers on everyone’s list and at this point, shops are being overrun with people looking for last minute deals. And good luck being able to afford all of those next day shipping fees if you’re ordering online! If a few of those leftover gift recipients on your list are cinephiles, why not save yourself the trouble of fees and leaving the house to venture into the crowds?! Give them the unique gift of hands-on traditional analog filmmaking! MONO NO AWARE is a “non-profit organization working to promote connectivity through the cinematic experience”. Based in Brooklyn, the non-profit runs monthly artist-in-person screenings, filmmaker workshops that are affordable, helps to operate a distribution initiative, plans field trips and hosts exhibitions for filmmakers working with Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm film or light as their mediums. Their next set of workshops, set to take place in March 2017, run the gamut from Intro to 16mm Filmmaking, Hand Processing B&W Reversal Film, Super 8mm Filmmaking, 3D Stop-Motion Puppet Animation, Contact Printing Techniques, and Building Your Own 16mm Looper! Affordable, educational and fun - Indie Street sees these as the perfect gifts! Get over to MONO NO AWARE’s site to check out some of these awesome throwback analog workshops and grab a spot for a friend or two…or hey, buying gifts for yourself is never frowned upon either! Just grab a spot quickly - workshops are intimate and limited to 10 people or less!

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."

This list are some of my gifts I have gathered specifically for you. I want to thank you for being part ofthis, for reading and contributing to this community.  You appreciate. You support.  You read.  You share. You do.  You give me hope and courage and faith.

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 book...read his recent blog post. "10 Reasons Why I wrote a book"