In the age of digital convergence and emerging long-tail economies, Bootstrap filmmakers have a greater opportunity to produce innovative content, find their own audiences, discover alternative distribution, and clear profits on their own terms. Nowhere is that more promising than in Austin, Texas. In 2008, MovieMaker magazine ranked Austin as the #1 city to live and make a movie. "As a hot spot for innovation and film, Austin is an incubator for the future of film. Creative talent and technological vision converge with entrepreneurial drive to explore new ways for independent filmmakers to succeed." - Brandy Rainey Amstel, Writer/Director and Chair of the Bootstrap Film Group.
Entrepreneurs forging paths in the film industry are celebrated at the Bootstrap Film Fest. This innovative film festival is on Thursday, June 26, 2008, 6-10:15 PM at Regal Arbor Cinema, Austin, Texas. Taking inspiration from innovation icons, like Apple's Steve Jobs, Virgin's Richard Branson, and Whole Food's John Mackey, Bootstrappers use ingenuity to bypass the constraints of the establishment. The featured bootstrap films, Q&A with bootstrap filmmakers Nils Juul-Hansen, Brandy Rainey Amstel, and Jason Howell, and a bootstrap workshop including Bootstrap Network's founder, Bijoy Goswami, will give the audience a deep understanding of bootstrapping techniques that they can use on their film projects, start-ups, and existing companies.
"Bootstrap offers a fresh perspective to the constraints of traditional models. As a serial entrepreneur, I was able to take the bootstrapping concepts I learned from my start-up and apply them to film making. The Bootstrap workshop that follows the film programming, will truly empower the audience with greater possibilities." - Jason Howell, filmmaker.