Friday, December 23, 2005

Seattle's Indieflix Receives Tattler Christmas Pardon

Oooh how I'd like to write a little expose on Seattle's Indieflix, which repeatedly announced and delayed it's launch over the past year. Their original filmmakers agreement required the filmmakers to sign over the internet rights to their film "in perpetuity, throughout the universe." The current agreement, downloadable at their site, still contains some questionable items which stretch the credibility of their claims. And they claim to be democratizing the film industry, giving indie flimmakers an outlet and an income, that kind of nonsense.

Indieflix got a great write-up in the New York Times, a puff-piece by someone who failed to do their research. And there are some other things going on with them that I won't elaborate on here because of my holiday spirit. Give em' another six months and then we'll do a short Indieflix update which will include interviews with some of the filmmakers who have signed up.

Here's the bio for Indieflix principal Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi from
"Carlo graduated from the Ecole Superieure D'Art Dramatique of Geneva where he worked in theater, film and television before moving to the United States in 1978. In 1979, Carlo started Modern Productions, a music production and promotion company, bringing to Seattle The Police, Devo, The Ramones, Iggy Pop, and many others. In 1986, Carlo started Agate Films which produced many feature films, among them: Prototype, Apex, and Dark Drive. He has acted in various films including Bugsy, The Public Eye, Indecency, Another You, Casanova's Kiss, and Killing Zoe. Carlo is CEO of Clear Pictures, a production company with offices in Seattle and Los Angeles. He lives in Seattle, and when not producing movies, he enjoys the love and support of his wife, Lalie and his children, Sebastien and Nathalie."

I know people are supposed to eggagerate their bios and lie on their resumes, but the "Modern Productions" part of his resume is simply not true, that according to one of our long time sources who was also active in the 1980s Seattle punk rock scene.

Here's something else that's suspect: Whoopi Goldberg joins IndieFlix Advisory Board. Now what can Whoopi Goldberg possibly know about indie DVD distribution on the internet? Why the name dropping? This is Seattle, not L.A.

Here's the complete Indieflix blog so far - one entry!

Happy Holidays, Indieflix. See you in six months!


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