In September, U.S. net CBS made available segments of 60 Minutes for podcasting. PBS strand ‘P.O.V.’ also provides content for podcasts, offering conversations with doc-makers, writers and experts about topics relevant to its non-fiction films. There are many others making the link between TV and MP3 players. Podcasting doesn’t yet command significant advertising dollars, but while many still debate whether people will watch docs on cell phones, the iPod has proven there’s an appetite for cheap – free! – audio. So go, spread the word.
Big Screen: Girls Rock!
The heart of rock and roll is still beating. Filmmakers Arne Johnson and Shane King plan to tap into the audience that came out for School of Rock and Rock School with Girls Rock! Shot at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls in the U.S., it promises crowd pleasing footage of young’ins tearing through guitar strings. But rock is only a portal to bigger issues, as the film ultimately hopes to reveal what it’s like to be a girl in 2005. The feature screened as a work-in-progress at last month’s IFP Market, and should hit the festival circuit in 2007. Rock on.
Mobile: Shorts in Motion
Canada’s NFB and Bravo!Fact are teaming up for a second crop of two- to three-minute ‘micro-movies’ commissioned specifically for cell phones. And just like macro films, they’re seeking pre-sales deals. A dozen are planned. The first series of Shorts in Motion included five docs and dramas. Ironically, they were blown up for the big screen for this year’s TIFF, where patrons were politely reminded to be considerate and turn off their cell phones.