Thursday, December 3, 2009

Awesome interview on IndyMogul's REEL GOOD SHOW!

Matt and I did a really fun interview with IndyMogul last week and they've posted it online. One of the things we love about IndyMogul is they empower filmmakers around the world to execute their vision on realistic budgets. Awesome people, awesome show. Check it out!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Hysterical movie:

Technology is leveling the playing field. Watch the hysterical, award-winning movie The Graduates right here, for free, forever:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New music video, directed by my bro...

Singer-songwriter Sonia Montez's first music video from her new EP Of Tears and Honey. Performed by Sonia Montez and Kiernan McMullan.

Directed by Matthew Gielen. Starring Nick Vergara, Cassandra Starr, Katy Wright-Mead, Ross Chestnut, Lacey Jo Anderson and of course Sonia Montez and Kiernan McMullan.

Support this artist! Buy her music from iTunes:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hulu hearts The Graduates...

@hulu thanks for the continued love...3rd or 4th time The Graduates featured on Movies front page...we heart Hulu...

Friday, October 16, 2009

More Good News for Indies

More Good News for Indies
The sniping rages on between bloggers and print critics. The biggest winner: indie filmmakers.

Eugene Hernandez wrote a post this week for IndieWire titled Critcs (Still) Matter, breaking down the sniping between bloggers and traditional print critics.

The Basics
It's identical to the sniping between politcal bloggers and traditional print reporters. In fact, every subset of Media is having this exact same argument:

The traditional media (inaccurately) label the online guys 'amateurs' and accuse them of lacking intelligent criticism. The bloggers (accurately) label the traditional media 'dinosaurs,' and point to their diminishing audience as proof of their outdated approach to gatekeeping.

Where should Indies stand on this?
Traditional media- just like traditional distribution models- has been a giant iron roadblock to anything indie reaching an audience.
Every single indie filmmaker in the world should rejoice at the crumbling of traditional media. Period.
This explosion of online criticism is FANTASTIC for independent artists. The more divided the gatekeepers are, the more your film can pass through the gates. Think about it: Would you rather rely on one major review, or dozens of small reviews read and passed around by loyal readers?

Or, another version: Why would you, as an indie filmmaker, hand over the success of your film to a small handful of reviewers who have been entrenched in the studio releasing system for decades?

Everybody still wants a NY Times review, and it looks great on your poster or in your media book, but there is no correlation for a true indie film between a major review and generating an audience. This myopic view is similar to how indies view major festivals. But as powerful as those festivals are, why should they make or break your film?

And think about how many indies have found success without those fests, without the NY Times reviews, without "traditional" exposure? To go after traditional reviews exclusively, or to continue to treat them as the gatekeeper, is to give them too much power and to ignore your own.

Bottom Line
The game has changed. Indies can and must build their own audience. And the the explosion of online critics and film bloggers is a huge advantage to indies in this pursuit.
Like I wrote last week, the internet is the single greatest tool indies have ever had, and the more bloggers build their own audience, the more you can, too.

How can YOU take advantage of this?
1. Read film blogs: become a part of the audience. Bloggers are the future of film criticism. If you want to participate in the future of film, you need to know your contemporaries

2. Watch the films: bloggers' power will increase in proportion to the audience they can drive to a film, so go see the films they champion, and let people know why you went.

3. Reach out: ask if you can send your links, trailers and press releases. Every blog wants to receive material in different ways, so ask them how/if they want to receive your stuff. They may not always be interested, but I guarantee they will write you back sooner then the dinosaur at the NY Times ;)

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Little Film That Could!

The Graduates is still in the Top 10 of all comedies on Hulu! Not bad for a tiny little indie made for 95K.

Watch it right here, for free:

Buy it right here on iTunes...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Watch The Graduates for FREE, here:

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Become a Fan on Facebook with TWO CLICKS!

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We're in the Urban Dictionary

A word I coined is in The Urban Dictionary. My life is complete. It's from a very R-rated short film I did, Tony & Cal, which is available on The Graduates Two Disc DVD.


Here's the link to Tony & Cal if you're interested (R-rated):

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cut Your Own Trailer

Indie Film Fans and Filmmakers: we love making The Graduates more and more interactive.

If you want to play with some cool footage and interact with the movie on a new level, just go to our homepage: and click on "Cut Your Own Trailer" at the bottom:

Cut your own Trailer

Tons of footage and music from the movie will download, along with some basic concepts on cutting trailers.

When you're done, just upload your trailer anywhere on the net and we'll link to it all over the place.

Tons of people will see your work, and we'll even send you a free Graduates DVD!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Super Awesome Film Show interview online NOW!

Super Awesome Film Show interview about The Graduates ... ... talked financing, production, indie film marketing...

"Super Awesome Film Show" Interview Online NOW

Super Awesome Film Show interview about The Graduates ... ... talked financing, production, indie film marketing...

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Two of our soundtrack artists have new EPs, and they are truly awesome: Sonia Montez: and Seth Freeman: Give them a listen, awesome stuff...