Listening to: “Angels” by Chance The Rapper

Challenging or outright bucking the methods of the establishment, whether it be in the production of music or movies, has always proven to be a rather difficult way. But with constant advances in technology, it somehow makes paving one’s own way more acceptable to the establishment and opens up a new niche of creatives that then become professionals. At the same time, you see the decline and partial death of the established system. To quote indie director Mark Duplass when talking about the movie industry, “The cavalry isn’t coming, but the good news is, who gives a f*#% about the cavalry? Because now you are the calvary.”

We are starting to see films in major film festivals shot on iPhones and micro budget films making major money through online distribution because, when it really comes down to it, content matters. This is the way it has been since the beginning of cinema. It’s only been in the last 30 years where we have seen this insurgence of special effects driven, plotless, action films, and while those can be fun to watch, they don’t advance the human element of storytelling in film. In response to those big budget action films, and with the continued advancement of film technology, there is a genesis of homegrown filmmakers putting out films with great writing, solid acting, and zero special effects, which have really started the revitalization of film.

As I’m writing this blog, I’m listening to Chance the Rapper, who became the first independent artist to appear on Saturday Night Live, proving that working outside the system is possible, with hard work and dedication, which is what we are all about at Over Coffee Films.

Jared Thompson sounding off

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