I occasionally volunteer my services to a film-related activity (seminar, educational article, festival, charity benefit). I don’t volunteer very often. I don’t have much free time on my hands, and frankly, I’m discriminating about which projects I want to support. They have to fit with my own desire to advocate and publicize quality films, to educate filmmakers about publicity and promotion in the era of social media and social networking, and to support the art. They’ve got to be something really special.
I’ve recently signed on to support something very special. Actually, a better word for it is ‘awesome’. Founded by DIY filmmaking pioneers Lance Weiler (The Last Broadcast, Head Trauma), Arin Crumley (Four Eyed Monsters) and M dot Strange (We Are The Strange), From Here to Awesome – a discovery and distribution film festival is the first of its kind, and if you’re a filmmaker it just might be the perfect system to get your film blasted to audiences in theaters, living rooms, online and via mobile phones.