Best line from last week: “The fish never did jump in the boat.”
That was Jeffrey Goodman referring to an expression he had heard when seeking funding for his film The Last Lullaby. He rolled up his sleeves, and raised the money one phone call at a time. Jeffrey sat down with us and gave an insider view on what it takes to acquire rights to a story, and then bring to the big screen in a multi-part video conversation: Part 1 Part 2.
We’ll release part 3 in a few days. Don’t miss that one… does Tom Sizemore need to audition, and how does his contract work?
The summer is upon us here in Silicon Valley which means not only long sunny days and grassy hills turned yellow but also a slowdown in most Theatre schedules. However, there are some exciting upcoming events and performances that we will be covering.
My parting thought this week is about social networking, the good and the bad.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve witnessed the extraordinary power of social networking. They can mobilize people, and reduce time and place restrictions. Everything is accelerated.
However, social networks are not a panacea for the common human condition. A virtual room of 200 people carries all the same challenges of its in-person counterpart. All of us bring different values, experiences and expectations. Organization must still happen, but in a digital fashion using discussion groups, forums, and blogs — all online forms of communication that ultimately mirror the behavioral norms of those using them.
To be effective in a social network, a group of individuals must also go through the tried and true process of: forming, storming, norming, and (hopefully) performing.
Finally, if good news or information travels fast because of social networking, then bad news or misinformation travels twice as fast, especially when wrapped in hyperbole, extremism and emotion. Why? I suspect it’s partly shock value. But also because of once again that human condition.
In confusing times, information must be scrutinized. Emotional layers need to be mitigated with a hard analysis of facts, financials and business plans. The source of any information must also be assessed, along with its motives, credibility and expertise.
Jeffrey Goodman said the two most important things any filmmaker needs are a good attorney and a good accountant. This is straight up good business sense for just about industry or deal.
Editorial and News
- StarkSilverCreek now syndicated on Google News
- Join the StarkSilverCreek fan page on Facebook!
- Twitter and revolution, natural partners in Iranian up-rising
- Buongiorno! Fiat completes deal for 20% stake in Chrysler
- Theater review: Stamp of approval for ‘Mauritius’
- Loni’s future revealed! ChakraTron evaluates her Aura thanks to Burning Man
- Robotic Orbs swarm the streets!
- Theater review: Edward Albee’s ‘At Home at the Zoo’ at A.C.T. San Francisco
- Robotic chair, motorized mouth, and two-by-fours
- Riding a giant, metal, rocking horse at the SubZERO Techno-Arts Festival
- Jeffrey Goodman, film director, interview Part 2
- Interview with Jeffrey Goodman, Director of ‘The Last Lullaby’ starring Tom Sizemore
- Timothy Hutton’s best performance was in this movie…
- Soon-to-be parents look for home in ‘Away We Go’, find laughs, hippies, destiny
San Francisco Bay Area
- Vegetable gardening with Loni episode #2: Micro irrigation
- Adventurous XOX Truffles in San Francisco’s North Beach
- The Great American Wait, Part 2, video update: Waiting for food
- The Great American Wait: No food, no music… and no wine
- Things to do Bay Area: The Great American Food & Music Fest
- San Francisco Cable Car Museum
All Things Wine
- 2006 Château Haut-Sorillon Bordeaux Supérieur, France (84 pts, $7.99)
- Olin Wines of Concord, California opens for business
- Win tickets to taste Zinfandels and mingle with winemakers in Portland and Seattle
- Turnbull Wine Cellars reserve room wine roundup, tasting notes
- A weekend in Napa wine country
- Bottle Shot
Gadgets and Tech
- Silicon Valley started here, in a garage, 71 years ago
- BlackBerry Tour, aptly named, to be available on Sprint and Verizon
- Twitter growth slows, Facebook juggernaut steams ahead
- Tesla Motors: Inside the Silicon Valley dealership with photos and updates
- Palm Pre reviews mixed, Apple preempts party with $99 iPhone
- Life is a highway: Mexico counters recession with $1.6B in infrastructure improvements
- Breaking news: Inn at Loreto Bay to possibly re-open under FONATUR control
- Loreto Bay Marine Park management completes its second round of community feedback
- Loreto Bay: What will happen to the Foundation?
- Loreto Bay news: second email update from Embree Bedsole
- Loreto Live Special Edition: Interview with Bob Toubman of Loreto Bay
- Update from Loreto Bay on Property Management program
- Lawsuit details emerge: Baja Developments sues TSD Loreto Partners for $7M