In this age of global information, sometimes it's still difficult to keep up-to-date on new projects that have limited promotional funds. Below are some tips to help you keep abreast of the underdog films.
Difficulty Level: Average Time Required: 15 minutes a day
- Log onto the internet. You're About.guide Independent/Worldfilm guide can tell you what's happening or find a link for you. Chat rooms are full of people from different regions who know what's current.
- If you don't want to subscribe to all the entertainment magazines, spend the day at the library or a bookstore. Even some of the bigger publications now have info on indie and world film.
- Use your local resources. Patronize the art theaters in your town. The people who run these places are extremely knowledgeable of upcoming films. Most even have a mailing list to notify you of what's playing in the near future.
- Watch any number of the numerous awards shows. If you watch closely, you'll notice that some of them give awards to documentaries, short film, world film, and even an indie sneaks in there. But don't blink, or you'll miss it.
- Follow film festivals, too. Winners at Cannes and the Sundance Film Festival will often be the films to look for.
- Watch for some of your favorite indie and world filmstars on talk shows. Sometimes while on tour to promote a studio picture, they'll plug the smaller films.
- Frequent your local non-chain video store. Indie and world films end up in the New Releases section quite often. Don't fast forward through the trailers.
- Get cable. Bravo and the Independent Film Channel offer excellent choices and advertise new movies.
- Finally, don't limit yourself to the theater or television. Your computer can be a gateway to film that's offered on-line.
- Talk about your favorite films at cafes and bookstores. Often an eavesdropper will have some juicy news to give you.
- Visit the film forums. Other people might know evertyhing about independent
film in your area.