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TEDxMuskegon - Roger Rapoport - Indpendent Film Making Back to the Future

Independent filmmaking, which boomed a generation ago, was embraced by the major studios and then suddenly pushed aside when Hollywood refocused on blockbusters has come of age once again. In Muskegon, the first local feature without a chain saw, has realized the dream of every aspiring producer, theatrical distribution across a wide region guaranteed before the film wrapped. The convergence of digital distribution, demand for regional films, reduced production costs made possible by inexpensive new technology and talented artists eager to create good art opens doors to both fictional and documentary projects. Here is the story of how one town, without help from Hollywood, is opening the door to feature film production that will benefit the community, its performers and filmmakers. This roadmap to the big screen shows how local talent with a little help from new technology can attract a serious audience
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