Fans, Friends & Followers
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Robert Greenwald
Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald has experimented with raising a portion of the budget for his films online; premiering new films at nationwide “house parties”; and creating a global network of collaborators who help with research and far-off shoots. His YouTube videos have amassed more than 30 million views.

Here’s some bonus material related to Fans, Friends & Followers:

  • Ten great quotes from the artists featured in Fans, Friends & Followers

  • Sundance 2009 panel on “Models and Experiments in Indie Distribution” (audio and video)

  • Interview with singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton (MP3 audio)

  • JibJab book excerpt on Cartoon Brew

  • Wiki that lists some of the most effective tools for communicating with fans and selling creative products (please contribute to it!)

  • Directors Notes podcast on the book, with host MarBelle

  • Video from Fans, Friends & Followers workshop at BAVC in San Francisco, December 2009: Part 1 and Part 2

  • ReBoot presentation (slides + audio) on how independent filmmakers are using social media to grow their audiences

  • IndieFlix podcast on the book, with host Lois Fein

  • Well-Rounded Radio podcast on the book, with host Charles McEnerney

  • Book excerpt on the power of participation, published on the San Francisco Film Society’s SF360 site.

  • Documentary Filmmakers Working with New Technologies: Case studies from ITVS. Features Tiffany Shlain, Patrick Creadon, Curt Ellis, and Hunter Weeks, among others.

  • Future of the Internet Video Business: Podcast with Fred Seibert, founder of Next New Networks

  • Webcomics Weekly Podcast, featuring Dave Kellett, Scott Kurtz, Brad Guigar, and Kris Straub (2007 - 2008)

  • Graphic novelist Dylan Meconis’ podcast series, which answers readers’ questions.

  • Panel on “The Future of Hollywood,” from February 2009 at USC. Features Evan Spiridellis of JibJab Media and independent filmmaker Brian Terwilliger, among others. (MP3 audio)

  • Internet meme-smith Ze Frank (featured in the book) talks about "The Creative Lifestyle" at SXSW 2010:

  • Documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit (mentioned in the book) talks about "Creating Your Own Cult" at SXSW 2010:

  • Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule performs at the 2006 TED Conference:

  • Filmmaker Robert Greenwald explains his latest project, “Rethink Afghanistan” (March 2009)

  • OK Go launches their YouTube Dance Contest (2006)

  • RiP director Brett Gaylor talks about the concept of “open source cinema”:

  • Wired editor Chris Anderson talks about the “four kinds of free”:

  • Lower Line