It's festival season here in Atlanta,
and luckily Southern Screen Report has managed to attract
the attention of Jay
Blodgett -- our new festival reporter! Just in time, Jay picked
up a copy of SSR and offered his talents as writer and reviewer.
If you haven't been reading Jay's festival reviews, (see
the latest on Out on Film) you're missing some mighty clever
and entertaining observations about our local film festivals. Jay
recently moved to Atlanta from San Francisco (why on earth would
anyone do such a thing!) and has been winding his way into our film
and video community under the cloak of Southern Screen Report.
He has been attending the fine festivals of San Francisco for over
15 years, and, as a result, has great experience and comparisons
to share with our audience.
I'm delighted that Jay has come on board so enthusiastically! One
of the missions of SSR has always been to educate our readers about
the tremendous film festival opportunities in our community. One
of our very first print editions (two years ago) featured a listing
of local film festivals and a brief description of each one -- over
a dozen at that time! There are many more now, and more every year!
It has always been a mystery to me why more so-called film lovers
don't take advantage of these screening gems. There are literally
thousands of non-mainstream films that can only be seen in film
festival heaven. These screenings often include the actors, directors,
or producers of the film, eager to discuss their work with a listening
If you read Jay's witty festival reviews, you can see just how
much you're missing by not attending your local film festivals.
And if you keep reading SSR, we'll make sure you know when the next
one is coming up, so you can go!
(HINT: if you run a film festival, please advertise with SSR, so people will know about it and attend, for goodness
No more print editions - for now
You may have noticed that SSR did not publish a print edition in
September. Unfortunately, we have discontinued our print editions
- temporarily, we hope! The costs of printing and distributing a
print edition are enormous, and our advertising revenue just couldn't
keep up. (My fault, I'll admit, for not being a better business
person or ad salesperson--not my strong points.)
Stronger Web Presence
However, you may also have noticed that our web presence has picked
up, and we are now updating the website much more often, sometimes
weekly. We're also planning a whole new facelift for the website
in the near future! Keep watching...
Which brings me back to those advertisers
we're still trying
to attract advertisers and become a viable publication (returning
to print, as well). If you have any services, films, wares, or faces
you would like to put before our growing audience, please consider
advertising on our website.
Remember, advertising is not an expense -- it's an investment.
We continue to need volunteers
who want to be part of our publication. If you have a few hours
a month to spare for some mighty fun volunteering, think about it.
We especially need:
- Advertising salespeople/business gurus (come on, I know you're
- Web savvy geeks to maintain the website
If we attract enough of the above, I feel sure that one day we
won't need any volunteers at all, because everyone will get paid.
Southern Screen Report has become known and loved in our
community -- I know because people tell me this everywhere I go.
Please help me to keep it up and running -- volunteer, advertise,
or donate some cash. At the very least,
click on a couple of those annoying Google ads
we make a few
pennies every time you do.
Till next time
Southern Screen Report