Sunset on Submissions - 6/17/2017

Sunset on Submissions - 6/17/2017

The day has come. By this time tomorrow, submissions will be closing on the 3rd annual Diamond in the Rough Film Festival. Many people told me that our 3rd year was a key year - we'd show up in more
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5/18/2017 - The Indie Feedback Loop

5/18/2017 - The Indie Feedback Loop

Recently I have received a number of indie films to review that are staggering in their ambitions. These are indie films with screenplays that take place hundreds of years ago (or what we would call a "period piece") requiring complex
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5/9/2017 - Are we now drinking the sand?

5/9/2017 - Are we now drinking the sand?

On May 5th, 2017 IndieWire put out what I really hoped was a click-bait headline: "David Lynch is done with film and promises 2006's 'Inland Empire' was the last movie he'll ever make" The article was written by Michael Schneider
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Jonathan Demme - 1944 - 2017

Jonathan Demme - 1944 - 2017

I remember clearly the first time I heard the name of director Jonathan Demme. My mom had rented this unusual little movie called Swimming to Cambodia and had loved it. I asked her what it was about and she just
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4/10/2017 - Submission Highlight: "Facade"

4/10/2017 - Submission Highlight: "Facade"

As an independent film festival that actively solicits edgy material and "off the grid" type movies, we can get our share of weird no-budget stuff and borderline home movies calling themselves "art". But that's ok...we still watch them, promise!
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4/4/2017 - Meetings in LA LA Land

4/4/2017 - Meetings in LA LA Land

When you are an independent film festival (and production company), it is always important to keep your eyes wide open regarding new partnerships. One can never be too sure about which people are the "real deal" who can help you
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3/30/2017 - Notes from CinemaCon

3/30/2017 - Notes from CinemaCon

About a month ago, I was graciously invited by the owner of Bluelight Cinemas to attend CinemaCon at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Never having attended before, I jumped at the opportunity. CinemaCon is a large gathering of Movie Theater
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3/7/2017 - How we curate

3/7/2017 - How we curate

Curate, when used as a verb, is defined as: "to take charge of or organize" and..."to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation". Those are both perfect descriptions when applied to the business of putting together a film
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2/24/2017 - Why a movie theater?

2/24/2017 - Why a movie theater?

When we conceived the Diamond in the Rough Film Festival there was no question that we were going to host it in a real movie theater. That was not as simple a decision as it might sound. There are different
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Fee Waivers - 2/21/2017

Fee Waivers - 2/21/2017

Submission fees are always a tricky subject for film festivals these days. Filmmakers are told a variety of things by battle-scarred indie filmmakers who think they know the secret to getting your film submitted for free. Some say to never
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2/17/2017 - #MakeMoviesNotExcuses

2/17/2017 - #MakeMoviesNotExcuses

The above hashtag has been a clarion call for DITR Films since its inception in 2013. It was inspired by our friends at FilmThreat who had a similar saying - Just shut up and shoot. I am amazed at how
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February 10th, 2017 - Standing Out

February 10th, 2017 - Standing Out

As we make our way through the submissions, it is becoming clear that the technical qualities continue to (mostly) impress with each passing year. Indie filmmakers can now make excellent looking and sounding movies. But there is another pattern as
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Welcome to the Blog!

Welcome to the Blog!

My name is Mark Schwab and I am the managing partner in Diamond in the Rough Films LLC - a film and video production company based in San Jose, CA. that curates and executes the Diamond in the Rough Film
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