As DVD sales decline, adds Vudu streaming

It’s been about 18 months since Walmart bought Vudu, but as demand for physical media declines, the big box retailer is finally marrying the online video service with its website. By doing so, it’s hoping to introduce its customers to a new way of watching movies and getting them to spend money on digital copies instead of buying the DVD…

Directing on a Dime: Interview with Mumblecore Moviemaker Joe Swanberg

It’s hard to go to a festival these days and not see one of Joe Swanberg’s movies. At the age of 29, Joe has already built an impressive body of work. Three of his films have been released so far in 2011, with a fourth scheduled for VOD release later this month. A darling of the independent Mumblecore scene, Joe has worked with up-and-comers like Greta Gerwig (whom Swanberg directed in Hannah Takes the Stairs and LOL) and the Duplass brothers…

Kevin Smith to Indie Producers: ‘Lower Your Expectations, the Way My Wife Did’

If he was appearing at Comic-Con, Kevin Smith would have been booked into the event’s largest hall.

The line to get in would have snaked across the San Diego Convention Center grounds. And Smith would have kept the raucous crowd in stitches with his outspoken and hilariously profane monologues.

But Saturday’s event was the Producers Guild of America’s significantly more sedate Produced By conference on the Walt Disney Studios lot.

So Smith was simply one member of a panel booked into what was not the biggest of the three spaces.

The room did fill up, though without a long line or lengthy wait to get in. But yes, he did keep the reserved crowd in stitches.

His words focused on the business of independent film — specifically, on how he’s found that the traditional distribution model doesn’t work for his movies, and how he hit on a strategy that had him traveling around the country with his newest film, “Red State,” screening it as part of Q&A sessions like the ones he’d been doing for years for audiences who simply come to see him talk…

How the Polish Brothers Are Raking It In With a Stealth, No Budget Movie

“For Lovers Only,” an intimate romance made in luminous black-and-white by twin auteur filmmakers Michael and Mark Polish, is a wildly successful experiment in New Hollywood Math.

Production budget: $0

Marketing and advertising budget: $0

Profits that begin at dollar one: priceless…,0

A Tribute to Steven Spielberg

As part of the DGA’s 75th Anniversary, DGA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and three-time DGA Award winner, Steven Spielberg, was celebrated on June 11, 2011. Featuring a lively and engaging panel discussion with fellow visionary directors J.J. Abrams (Super 8) and James Cameron (Avatar), and moderated by 75th Anniversary Committee Chair Michael Apted, this “Game-Changer” event drew a maximum capacity crowd at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles and provided a deeply intimate, highly engaging reflection on one of the most influential and beloved filmmakers of all time…

Content Producers Vow To Confront Web Users Who Steal Copyrighted Works

People who illegally download copyrighted movies, TV shows, and music will soon receive a series emailed warnings — and may temporarily see Internet speeds reduced or have their Web surfing blocked — a coalition of content producers and distributors announced this morning. The measures come from a new organization called the Center for Copyright Information that’s backed by trade groups including the MPAA, RIAA, and IFTA, as well as major broadband providers such as Comcast and Verizon…