Storyteller Uprising


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Storytelling and Design

The Universe must be trying to tell me something. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been inundated by the connection between Design and Story. This article helps me grasp the connection.

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Good news for Snagfilms (and me)

Ahead of the Sundance Film Festival, the Wall Street Journal’s Kara Swisher reports that online professional documentary distributor SnagFilms (which also distributes both of my films — playlist embedded above) has just “snagged” another $10 million in financing.  That puts the site at a $50 million valuation.

The service, unlike the subscription-based video giant Netflix, currently distributes free non-fiction documentary films with advertising, as well as offers rental streaming and purchase options.

And it is profitable, said Ted Leonsis, the former AOL exec who is the founder and has been the driving investor in SnagFilms.

“It was always my personal frustration as a backer of documentaries that you could not get distribution far and wide,” he said in an interview earlier today.

He noted that while Netflix is really now focused on big studio fare, “what we’ve discovered is a big supply of independent video that has never seen light of day, but that has a big audience.”

SnagFilms’ strategy is to give broader reach to these films, which often don’t even have a theatrical opening–or, if they do, are very small.

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