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Michelle Byrd

Executive director, IFP New York

On the state of things: I think there are still serious challenges with respect to access, who gets to make films. Once you pass that hurdle then there’s the hurdle of which films and which subject matter gets distributed. …

There’s also all the challenges around getting people to see and be interested in and excited by a variety of different kinds of independent voices.

There are so many things, not just films, competing for your attention at any given moment, and people have such limited free time. I guess it’s how do you begin to as a filmmaker start to reach your audience. Are there things you can do to bring your audience closer to you directly? For filmmakers who make certain kinds of work, that’s something they’re going to have to become more savvy about. Look at somebody like Michael Moore. He’s a smart guy, he has specific opinions. He’s been smart about his use of the Internet. And the kind of work he’s making lends itself to connecting directly to your readership or viewership.

Recipes for change: The indie scene is filled with gatekeepers all along the way. There’s nothing wrong with having a series of gatekeepers, but it’s important to have diversity in the kind of people who serve as gatekeepers, that there’s gender diversity, ethnic diversity, age diversity, different sensibilities in the kinds of films that they like. That could open people up to the potential of different kinds of films and how they might enjoy a life beyond a small circle of family and friends around a specific film.

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