A new media era is here. The head of NBC says he is selling to sponsors “on the air, online and on-the-go.” “Cross platform” is the term of the day. For progressives and independents, the old hurdles of distribution–erected by the powerful media conglomerates–are giving way to new opportunities. We don’t need a billion dollars to buy a network. We don’t need hundreds of millions to take over this or that media entity. We have at our disposal a rapidly proliferating array of tools available at low cost to get our messages out–from the Internet to iPods to cellphones and whatever comes next. At Brave New Films we have committed ourselves to using the new distribution methods to reach untapped audiences. Wal-Mart spends more than $4 million a day on ads. Brave New Films spent relative pennies on our satirical ad promoting Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price; and it was a viral hit, becoming the number-two trailer on iFilm. We used … [Read more...] about Brave New Media
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Brave New Films is holding a “What Would You Ask John McCain” Contest. Tell us what you would ask John McCain and you could win a John McCain has been secretive, duplicitous, downright dishonest about so many issues, from his economic platforms to the release of his. That’s why we created our REAL McCain series, which you have made successful by spreading these videos in an effort to hold Tell us what issue you would ask McCain to come clean about and why. The team at Brave New Films will review comments to select fifty winners to Winners will be determined on Monday, October 27th. Each winner will be immediately mailed a REAL McCain t-shirt, so enter today! –Marissa Colón-Margolies Check out more great Nation videos on our YouTube channel. … [Read more...] about Brave New Films Contest: What Would You Ask McCain?
Why is New Mexico called the "Land of Enchantment"? Maybe because its movie-tax credit program is so enticing to production companies.A recent movie that fell under its spell: "Only the Brave," the film about the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the deadly fire they fought … in Arizona. But it was filmed across the border.Gov. Doug Ducey said it's regrettable it wasn't shot in the state where the tragic event happened.“I wish they would have filmed it here," the governor said, after touting the movie during a recent speech. "Of course, we always want to bring industry here.” MORE: Take two: Arizona film office gets another chanceSo why didn't that happen?“A lot of times it has to do with timing, weather, climate," the governor said. And, maybe, tax credits?The production, like so many other movies, documentaries and shorts, benefited from the refundable tax credit New Mexico offers to companies that film in the state. And New … [Read more...] about ‘Only the Brave’ was filmed in New Mexico, not Arizona. Here’s why.
Tony Hale is taking on aliens in his next role — sort of. The Emmy-winning "Veep" actor is finally playing a character with a shot at redemption as Mayor Clark Hill in the film "Brave New Jersey," about a small town turned upside down the night of Orson Welles' legendary "War of the Worlds" fake news radio broadcast. Hale, who is also famous for his role as Buster Bluth on "Arrested Development," said the indie flick gave him the chance to play a character who has the opportunity to overcome his defeated ways on what he thinks will be his last night on earth after "mass hysteria" overcomes the made-up town of Lullaby, N.J. "It's nice to kind of see a defeated character gain some strength throughout it, because in 'Veep' and 'Arrested Development,' I stay in this stagnant emasculated state, so it's nice to see my character kind of evolve," Hale told the Daily News. "And (Hill) has this interest in the character Heather Burns plays to see … [Read more...] about Tony Hale is duped by fake news in ‘Brave New Jersey’ — a film about 1938 ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast
Who was that mic’d man? “Lone Ranger” producer Jerry Bruckheimer says history will prove his latest movie is a lot better than critics currently believe. While promoting his new CBS show, “The Hostages” at the Summer Television Critics’ Association tour Monday, the 69-year-old producer defended the film widely dismissed as the biggest bust of the summer. "It reminds me of a critic who called 'Flashdance' a 'toxic dump,'" Bruckheimer said, according to IndieWire.com. "Ten years later (the critic) said, ‘This is really a good movie. I missed it.' I think (‘Lone Ranger’) going to be looked back on as a brave, wonderful film." The present, however, is a lot less kind to the Western. “The Lone Ranger,” which reunited Bruckheimer with his “Pirates of the Caribbean” collaborators, director Gore Verbinski and actor Johnny Depp, has earned a paltry 27% score on Rotten Tomatoes. And movie-goers … [Read more...] about ‘Lone Ranger’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer: Critically panned movie will be ‘looked back on as a brave, wonderful film’
When Chris Weitz heard a story about a Mexican gardener who had his truck stolen and wouldn't go to the police because he was undocumented and feared the authorities, he decided he had to do something. Being a filmmaker, he made a movie, "A Better Life," which opens June 24. "It revealed a whole world of people who are living invisible lives. They are not fully members of our society because they are afraid," says Weitz about the anecdote that became the centerpiece of the film. "We are not beating on the immigration system or the police," he adds. "We are turning the camera on a segment of society that is largely unseen in this country." "A Better Life" features Mexican star Demián Bichir ("Che," "Weeds") as Carlos Galindo, an undocumented, hardworking and dignified single-parent gardener trying his best to keep his teenage son away from the gang culture of East L.A. When his truck is stolen, Galindo goes on a desperate search to find it, and in so doing, reclaim his … [Read more...] about New film looks at difficulties of living while undocumented
The hysteria of the Salem witch hunts will unfold this week in a lonely, old, stone farmhouse - smack in the middle of Brooklyn. The Brave New World Repertory Theatre is putting on Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" in the Old Stone House on Third St. in Park Slope, using just two small rooms and a minimal set to transport audience members to 17th century Massachusetts. While the nearly century-old building is a replica, "the original house was built in 1699, seven years after the trials, so I thought it was a very appropriate location," said Claire Beckman, the group's founder and the play's director. The Brooklyn theater troupe has built a reputation on staging performances in offbeat locations that reflect the plays' settings. In 2005, the company performed "To Kill a Mockingbird" on the porches of quaint homes along Westminster Road in Ditmas Park. Last summer, the troupe took Shakespeare's "The Tempest" to the Coney Island Boardwalk. "In a site-specific … [Read more...] about Brooklyn’s Brave New World Repertory Theatre stages ‘Crucible’ inside stone farmhouse
Sci-fi fans got a sneak peek at James Cameron's long anticipated "Avatar" on Friday with a series of free 16-minute screenings in select theaters across the globe.Tickets to previews of the 3-D marvel were given away on a first-come, first-served basis on the movie's official website, with the coveted footage to be shown on 102 Imax screens domestically and 342 screens internationally across 58 countries.Many viewers were stunned by the groundbreaking visual effects, which meld live action scenes with actors Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver and Zoe Saldana with a computer animated three-dimensional dinosaur and giant tiger-like cat, inhabitants of the fictional planet Pandora.In the film, humans have their brains linked to clones of Pandora's native inhabitants in order to explore the planet - thus the title "Avatar."Hong Kong moviegoer Jason Poon tweeted that it was "probably the best CG and 3-D I've ever seen," according to the Associated Press.Fans at an IMAX screening … [Read more...] about ‘Avatar’ preview is brave new world for moviegoers: fans stunned at James Cameron’s 3D spectacle
NEW YORK - Inspired by Neil Young and Radiohead, Michael Moore will release his new film online and for free. The film, "Slacker Uprising," follows Moore's 62-city tour during the 2004 election to rally young voters. It will be available for three weeks as a free download to North American residents, beginning Sept. 23. An official announcement of the film is planned for Friday. Moore said he considered releasing "Slacker Uprising" theatrically as "Michael Moore's big election year movie" as he did with 2004's "Fahrenheit 9/11," which was highly critical of President Bush. Instead, Moore opted for a symbol of gratitude to his fans as he approaches the 20th anniversary of his first film, 1989's "Roger & Me." "I thought it'd be a nice way to celebrate my 20th year of doing this," Moore said. "And also help get out the vote for November. I've been thinking about what I want to do to help with the election this year." The 97-minute long "Slacker Uprising" will be the … [Read more...] about Michael Moore to release his new film online and for free
'World Trade Center' Docudrama about two Port Authority cops trapped and rescued on 9/11. With Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello. Directed by Oliver Stone. (2:05) PG-13: language, disturbing images. Area theaters. 3. 5 Stars RESCUERS AND LOVED ONES of those lost and saved after the Sept. 11 terror attack relived the pain and agony of the city's darkest day at last night's premiere of the Oliver Stone film World Trade Center. " Some left the screening with lumps in their throats and pride in their hearts for the first responders who risked their lives to save others. "It brought me back to that day," said city Firefighter JoJo Esposito, who answered the alarm at the twin towers almost five years ago. "I left the theater in tears. " Port Authority Officer John Rice admitted he was apprehensive about going to see the movie last night at the Ziegfeld theater in midtown. "It's like going to the doctor's office," Rice said. "You know you have … [Read more...] about RETURN TO TERRIBLE DAY. RESCUERS, KIN BRAVE ‘WTC’ FILM