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How the Iphone Will Change Indie Film Forever

How the Iphone Will Change Indie Film Forever

Apple released the iPhone to much hype and fanfare. It billed the device as three devices in one. It was a revolutionary product for the cell phone industry. But the iPhone is having an effect outside of the mobile phone and computing industries. In fact, we belive that history will show the iPhone’s release as one of the single biggest events in the history of independent filmmaking.

What, exactly, does the iPhone–a mobile phone/internet device/widescren iPod–have to do with indie film? Well, a lot. The movie download market must prepare for a great new phase as we look forward to more and more great devices capable of playing our content.

For independent content to survive and thrive, it must move to new delivery devices like Apple TV, iPod and now the iPhone. Support for these new devices will lead to growth in the audience for indie content. Many “mainstream” consumers will not view indie films at screenings, festivals or DVD. The films are too hard to find, often barried in video rental store shelves or playing in small art house theaters. This has been the case for the past few decades. Once every five years there is a breakout hit–a Clerks or Blair Witch–that gives the indie community something to rally around. The independent movie press declare, “We’ve arrived. This is the ‘Year of the Indie'”. Just as quickly as these hits arise, the excitement dies down and the great content made in the aftermath gets lost in the shuffle.

Now, for what may truely be the first time, consumers will have in their hands a great portable media device. You may argue that the iPod with video

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