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Wow! Thanks for the kind words, Tom.
Um….your $20 is in the mail. 😉 lol!
Seriously, thanks for the kind words. It’s been a long time since I’ve stumbled across that kind of praise.
Yes, most of the content has been written by exploitation filmmakers, most of whom love the genre but are also smart enough to realize that distribution sales for no-budget product is easier if the content is on the fringe. That being said, exploitative elements are no excuse for lazy moviemaking. The goal of any moviemaker should be to strive to make the best possible piece of cinema they can.
It’s funny, when I started B-Indi back in 2000, it was never really meant to focus on genre films, it’s just that that is the sort of filmmakers who flocked to it over the years. Sadly, traffic is down since my heyday 3 or 4 years ago. In August ’04, I peaked at 925k monthly visitors, I’m currently on target to do about 300k. No-Budget and SOV Moviemaking sites are a dime a dozen these days. I’d love to focus on a broader spectrum of work, but like I said, the exploitation filmmakers are the ones that gravitate, but anyone is welcome to submit material on any subject as long as it’s original content (not that I’m trying to weasel submissions away from this site, that would just make me a giant tool).
That being said, it’s funny you mention the Four-Walling article. A few years ago IndieSlate snaked that one from me. Without asking me, they reprinted the article. Not that I would have minded, and I certainly want my contributors to get as much attention and press as they deserve, but a little professional courtosy, in the form of a head’s up, would have been nice. But like you said, Rick Popko wrote a GREAT piece and deserves to be read by anyone interested in DIY cinema…..
In an attempt to work this back around to Monique’s article on Handling Nudity, I bet her it was just a matter of time before someone tried to pull an IndieSlat and republish the piece (and I hope someone does, Monique deserved the press). I feel the subject is just that interesting and isn’t really covered in any filmmaking text.
Again, thanks for the kind words. They’re greatly appreciated.