LA Times Review of My Film

The LA Times reviewed our film today. Overall it was a good review. I also wanted more naysayers in the film, but we had a hard time finding any. I think the reason being because this machine has been, for the most part, out of the public eye so there was no reason to expect a comparison to happen naturally. We did talk to a few screenwriters, but even they fell immediately into their remembrance and appreciation for the machine. Asked if they would use it today, they said these days it was more difficult. Even they appreciated it for what it was.

You can read the full reveiew here:,0,7605527.story

The Insider’s Guide to Independent Film Distribution

I really love this book. So much I decided to post my Amazon review here on my blog!

Author: Stacey Parks

When my latest documentary film went into postproduction I began trying to figure out how to work with distributors. It was all so overwhelming, especially these days with digital distribution added to the mix. I looked right here on good old Amazon and found this gem of a book. I learned so much in a few days and I put the practices from the book to work for me right away. Before long I had two distributors biting on my film. Both sent contracts for us to look over and once again, Stacey’s book was a plethora of information on contracts and checking distributor references. My favorite part of the book was the interviews with distributors. With the book and our contracts in hand I was able to decipher all of the legalese and figure out what I needed to negotiate for.

Park’s book strikes an excellent balance between digital and conventional distribution models. The book gave me the confidence to actually have a conversation with a distributor and know what I was talking about and what to ask for.   I am happy to keep this book on my bookshelf and use it again and again.

Winnebago Man

So last night my friend Allia and I watched the documentary film Winnebago Man.  It’s a story about Internet sensation and Winnebago pitch man, Jack Rebney, who’s colorful and aggressive commentary between takes from commercial filming went viral long before the Internet helped it achieve worldwide popularity. For years it was literally passed around on VHS tapes and for years no one knew what happened to Jack until filmmaker Ben Steinbauer hired a P.I. to find him.

When Ben finally found Jack he did not believe he was a star. He admits later to putting on an act when the filmmaker hunts him down and we meet him for the first time.  The story is there is no real story. We meet Jack and that was that, but then Steinbauer starts digging deeper and realizes that Jack is a fragile man whose eyesight is starting to fade due to the onset of glaucoma. Over the next few months and oncoming years, we see Jack grappling with old age and failing health. Locked in a constant battle with Steinbauer, Jack fights with him about what he wants to say to people. Upon the completion of the film, Steinbauer films himself and Jack along with his best friend at the Found Footage Festival in San Francisco. Jack speaks to the audience. He is charming, witty and funny, and his passionate anger about Dick Cheney makes the crowd go wild.

Here is the trailer: