Oscar Preview: The Last New Movie Ever Made?

February 25, 2011

I am excited to watch this year’s Oscar Show on Sunday night because I really think that The King’s Speech, an Old Hollywood movie-movie if there ever was one, will have a very good night.

In addition, I understand that part of the show will be a tribute to The Old Hollywood. As we are planning to launch our publicity campaign for Bringing Back The Old Hollywood next week, the timing is exquisitely appreciated!

I’ll be tweeting throughout the Oscar broadcast, so please join us @Old_Hollywood.

As we watch the Oscar show, however, much more is at stake than The New Hollywood would like us to know.

The very fate of the film business itself is now an open question.

From page one of Bringing Back The Old Hollywood:

“Fade In.

We’re in a family room in the year 2023.

A couple in their early fifties are watching one of their favorite films on Turner Classic Movies as their teenage daughter walks in, sits next to them for a moment, and speaks.

“You guys are so cute with your old movies.”

“Thanks, sweetheart,” Mom laughs.

“Can I ask you something?” the daughter responds.

Putting the film on pause, Dad says “Sure. What’s up?”

“It must have been so cool for you guys to have lived during a time when they still actually made new movies every year. What was that like?”

Fade Out.

Or Not.

It’s up to us.”

For those of you who have asked me whether this is an exaggeration, let me assure you that it most certainly is not. Our community is one of the only groups right now that is actively working to change the paradigm before new movies truly become extinct.

Again, from my book:

Endangered Species

Is there really a possibility that new films could actually disappear in the next ten to fifteen years?

Yes, that possibility does exist. Beyond the possibility, is it likely?

The studios of The New Hollywood will hopefully continue to make big event, brand name films, and movies targeted to people under thirty. Assuming their financial model does get fixed (and I hope it does), event films like Avatar, Transformers, Twilight, Harry Potter, and any animated movie from the inestimable Pixar, could maintain their places at the multiplex, at least for a while.

Independent films like Sideways that primarily appeal to those over thirty are, however, truly an endangered species.

For independent films, the vital signs are indeed flat lining:

Financing sources have dried up.

Theatrical distribution is so difficult that only one out of every two hundred independently financed films ever play in a theater.

Audiences over thirty are staying home.

Due to rising costs, fewer films, and diminished audiences, independent theaters are closing at an alarming rate.

With little or no theatrical presence, the promise of DVD income for a film has all but disappeared.

With no theatrical or DVD presence, there is almost no chance of selling a film to television.

With no U.S. theatrical or DVD distribution, foreign sales are much more difficult if even at all possible.

If something isn’t done soon, independent films will certainly become extinct and even the bigger films will be facing an uncertain future.”

We invite you to join our community so that new movies do not become extinct.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Carl February 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Some of us will continue to make new movies, whether or not these movies ever play in a movie theater. Our goal has been to keep our passion for good stories alive. We will not be deterred!

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Jorge Vicente February 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I agree with you, Carl. Even if the industry doesn’t allow our works to be played in a movie theater, true art will never disappear.

Jorge (a poet from Portugal)

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