Here’s a perfect example of how the Internet is changing
our culture and our economy.
With broadband becoming the norm in more and more
households, video sites like YouTube.com have become major Web destinations.
This has spawned a surge in video production and web-casting using the Internet
as the distribution channel.
The result is many talented people are getting noticed
now whereas just a few years ago they might have toiled in anonymity. This
creates a much larger pool to feed the video production industry and therefore
more choices for consumers. More variety and ultimately, better quality.
The same distribution channel is proving a great way to
promote these videos, breaking the strangle-hold the film industry has forever
had on the production and distribution of video entertainment.
What I really like is this gives real people the ability
to cast our votes. Now we have the opportunity to tell “Hollywood” what we want
to see, rather than those choices being informed by a tiny group of industry
A real-life example of this (that hits close to home for
me) is a short film called “Blind Fate”. It’s a well-done little film, cute and
entertaining yet with a message.
The two stars of the film are my pal, Doug Sidney, and
his significant other (Emily), two wonderful people making their way as
professional actors in the Twin Cities. Because of how the Web has changed our
world, they can display their talent on a venue available to people all over the
Their movie is part of an ongoing program to give more
screenwriters, producers and actors exposure. It’s called the ScreenLabs
Challenge and it provides both exposure and financial assistance to the winners.
It’s a collaboration of a several Minnesota based film and art related
Using the Web, these groups have created a great way to
help boost a local industry and provide real opportunities for many talented
It’s a contest that goes until September 15. And now,
you have the opportunity to participate.
Watch the movie (the title is “Blind
here or paste this into your browser:
Vote for the movie (the title is “Blind Fate”)
Click here or
paste this into your browser:
Go ahead and watch the film. And if you like it, vote for it.
Last I saw the film was only 2 votes out of first, so your vote could make a
difference. Who knows, you might be voting for Minnesota’s next superstar movie