Uggh, I hate to ask for help

Movies Plus just reached our goal of 100,000 subscribers, and I plan to add more and more great content, without commercial adverts.

How can I do it?

With your help.  Please send whatever you can afford to gift/donate to me via the Paypal service.  paypal-print(If you don’t like using Paypal, then use your favorite service and my webmail address.)

Whatever you donate or gift me, it all goes into Movies Plus.  5 bucks…$50…whatever you send will be greatly appreciated by me. AND if you like, comment here or via the PayPal/email, and I can add your name to our list of supporters here on this blog and/or on MoviesPlus.  Thank you.

To send money via PayPal to my webmail (DeanLach@yahoo.com) it’s pretty simple, or click the donate button below and it will be an easy process too.

Thank you,

Dean Lachiusa, curator for Movies Plus.

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Metro Film Festival accepting Submissions

March 31, 2016.
Dean Lachiusa
Curator and Developer of Broadcast Channels for the Metro Film Festival.
INTRODUCTION TO “CONNECTED TV” CHANNELS OPERATED BY METRO FILM FESTIVAL
Dean Lachiusa, curator for the Metro Film Festival publishes content on Roku, Fire TV, FLIPPS, SPBTV and other Smart TV platforms.  Streaming Indie produced Film, Television, and Webisode videos augment the Metro Film Festival’s efforts, and hopefully yours.
Right now, we have free opportunities on our latest Amazon Fire TV channel called Movies Plus.  If you’re not familiar with Fire TV, it’s a “set top box” that connects to your Television and utilizes your Internet connection to broadcast programming on your TV.  Movies Plus is much like the Networks you’re familiar with.  We have much the same quality as Crackle, USA, Encore, etc.  The difference is, we’re not controlled by Hollywood — our content is Indie made.  Movies Plus officially opened it’s doors to Indie Filmmakers January 2016, and since then over 10,000 Amazon Fire TV owners have Subscribed to us.  We’re growing day by day.

Movies Plus is the only Broadcaster that allows you to control the amount of exposure for your movie or television program, and there’s no binding contract.

I’m sure you’re interested in seeing the channel with your own two-eyes.  Currently, if you have a Fire TV device, you may add Movies Plus for free via the Amazon store.  If you don’t have Fire TV, an alternative way to watch the channel is on certain Android Browsers, but please be aware that the Channel is not designed (yet) for Android TV, and therefore you may watch films, but with limited functionality.  For example the “autoplay, and skip functions” will not work on Droids.  On your Android’s Html5 compatible browser, check out https://metrofilmfestival.com to get an idea of the great indie filmmakers that you may be sharing the Movies Plus channel with.
Okay, would you like to know more?  Movies Plus is new, and therefore we are growing to meet the requirements of broadcast platforms like Android TV, and the needs of filmmakers like you.  This is good for you, because this allows MP to offer you a place on our channel at no cost, and with no obligation to keep your Film/TV/Webisode with us.  You’ll get great exposure on the Movies Plus channel, as we are listed among the top 10 Apps in our Fire TV Category.
We leave the power of distribution in your hands.  You may stream your movie for a month to test the results…or let it broadcast for a longer period if you’d like greater exposure.  Your distribution strategy is controlled by you.
How do you participate?
If you like, we will host your movie for the first month for free on our CDN…Yes, space is limited!  OR you may choose to use your own host and therefore control your bandwidth costs, if any.  (Hosting on Vimeo/Youtube will NOT work with Roku or Fire TV.)  This is important to note: If you choose to host your content on your own domain or a free/cheap CDN service, then it frees you up to remove your film from Movies Plus at any time.  And it gives you the option to update what you screen on Movies Plus.
For example, you don’t have to screen your entire movie, you may first try screening a “featurette” of your movie, and then later on you might like to screen a Directors Cut.  Pilots and Screeners are also welcome.  Trailers and Teasers are not.  We encourage you to leverage Movies Plus in creative ways in order to set us apart from all those typical distributors and online venues who promise the world, but never deliver a penny to you.
About this “Leverage” stuff…
The Metro Film Festival and our channels like Movies Plus might sound a little unusual, so let’s look at an example of a movie currently streaming on MP.  The following image was taken from the feature film, The Tunnel.  This artcard was encoded into the start and end of their film, and it’s a good example of how filmmakers use Movies Plus to direct the audience to their website for purposes of promotion, publicity, sales, and all around marketing and distribution strategies.
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The filmmaker could also have elected to feature a “Donation, or Tip” button on their website or Point of Sale.  Or, filmmakers might also like to sell a T-Shirt or another Ancillary product rather than selling film “frames” or DVD’s.
We leave this up to you.  It’s wide open, there’s no obligation to strategize this way…but we welcome your ideas and we will try to help you monetize your content — if this is your goal.  Remember, you don’t have to prepare a special version like the above example, and you are not obligated in any way to motivate folks to visit your website.  (Maybe you just want to get your film seen — that’s cool.)
What does MP and the Metro Film Festival get out of this?
Well, right now we’re footing the bill, but in the future we hope to open the Metro Film Festival up to the public in much the same way that traditional film festivals monetize themselves.  And perhaps we’ll place adverts or sponsors on our broadcast Channels.  But in the meantime, we might just do a Kickstarter campaign to help pay our curator to keep up with submissions.
That’s about all for the moment, please contact Dean Lachiusa via http://www.Facebook.com/DeanLach to share your thoughts, and when you’re ready to submit your film then please email: curator@metrofilmfestival.com with a link to your video-preview or screener.
Cheers!
We hope you join us.

The Cure for common cold is related to baldness

Today – Newswired: Researchers have found a cure for the common cold, and it’s related to baldness in Men and Women.

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It seems the cure has been related to the symptom called “scalpscratchyness.”  This is the nervous response of scratching one’s scalp in which many people experience when trying to find something interesting to watch on television.
The cure it seems, is in the hands of Indie Filmmakers who screen their films on a new channel sponsored by the Metro Film Festival.  The channel, called Movies Plus, is currently available for free on Amazon Fire TV devices, and coming soon to Roku.
“It’s truly a miracle” says Movies Plus founder Dean Lachiusa. “I collaborated with reknowned specialist Alfred E. Neuman of the agency Snap, Crackle and Pop…And they’ve come up with the statistics that prove that watching Movies Plus truly can cure the symptoms related to the common cold and baldness. It worked for me. And curiously enough, I lost 10 LBs of Prenatal weight too…”
Fact: It’s in the skin
Filmmakers have to have skin in the game in order to see results…A film/TV producer may screen their movie, TV, or webisode for free on the Movies Plus channel…the results are miraculous!”
Dean further says to “PM him on Facebook or email him at curator@metrofilmfestival.com for more information; or read the rest of this blurb:
Movies Plus is the place for Indie shows, and now is the time to take control of your project…don’t lose your film/show to a digital distributor who will never pay you!” (Did you know that most distributors commonly act as middle men, licensing your film to other sub-distributors who you do not have an agreement with. And these subdistributors might promise to split the ad-revenues with the distributor you originally sign with, but think about it…How many royalty splits can you have before you get nothing? Let’s do the math: 50% of zero is zero, carry the zero, times nothing, equals nothing!
Movies Plus is the only Broadcaster that allows you to control the amount of exposure for your movie or television program, and there’s no binding contract. We’ll stream your complete film, screener, pilot, or webisode. This in turn drives the audience to your website or point-of-sale. Typically a filmmakers website will feature several easy, do-it-yourself methods of monetization. Some filmmakers feature a PayPal Donation button, some offer a special DVD and they sell ancillary products like T-shirts.

It’s the perfect way to create publicity and leverage ones work without being tied to a distributor…Try us for a month or so, you can always move to a traditional distributor when/if you get the right offer.

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Ed Burns distribution advice

The following is an excerpt from an article from filmmaker Ed Burns and Shohawk.com.
We start at the digital concentration, step #24.  The link to the entire article entitled “30 Tips: Making and Releasing Microbudget films!” is below.

  1. Embrace Your Strategy

We would not make excuses for our nontheatrical release. We would embrace it.”

512yk0rajdlDon’t treat your “small” release strategy as the equivalent of having a movie go straight to video in the 1990s. The climate is different now.

Embrace your means, use them to your advantage in promotion, and own your path to the audience. This will maximize productivity by focusing on what can work best for your film, not someone else’s.

  1. Festivals Are The Indie-Theatrical

I realized I could also have a theatrical release. It was called the festival circuit.”

The vast majority of films and filmmakers cannot afford a traditional theatrical run. But theatrical runs don’t conventionally serve to make a profit.

They are a means of promoting your film across the country or world in hopes that word will spread, people will later buy or rent the movie, and it will live on for a long time after.

Using festivals as your film’s theatrical run is a fairly inexpensive way to gain that exposure and propagate your film’s reputation in multiple markets. Instead of focusing on awards, use the festival circuit to create and connect with fans.

This point was heavily driven home in Jon Reiss’ game changing indie film distribution handbook, Think Outside The Box Office. Michael bought me this book for my birthday in 2011 and it changed my life.

  1. Utilize The Whole Internet

Marc and his team target tech bloggers, hip websites, tastemakers, and connectors to help create buzz on films lacking bigger marketing budgets and resources.”

There are companies dedicated to this, and you can do it with your small team. There’s more to promoting a film than posting on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Think of your movie’s key characters, plot-points, themes, and overall genre. What kinds of audiences are generally interested in such material? Where else do they spend their time? Are there specific blogs, forums, Reddit threads, or social groups they congregate at?

Using these online spaces to promote your film is a low-cost way to spread word; much like casting hungry young actors, these promotions are a mutually beneficial relationship: blogs, forums, and groups subsist on regular content. Make your film a part of that content stream.

Find the entire article here: http://shohawk.com/microbudgettips/

— Dean Lachiusa (curator for Movies Plus, a free Indie Film/TV distribution and broadcast channel on Amazon Fire TV and other connected TV platforms.)

Film and TV distribution for indies on Fire TV

The new Amazon Fire TV channel “Movies Plus” has a large assortment of Sci-Fi movies, and a growing catalog of Horror/Thriller, Action, Drama, Comedy, Documentary films and stuff like Boxing matches, and Season films (Christmas for example.)

If you’re a filmmaker/Producer then you might like to screen your project for free on the channel.  Screeners, Works-in-Progress, Pilots, TV shows, Webisodes (web series and narrative online shorts) and of course Feature films and short movies are accepted.  Programs of most any genre enjoy the support of Movie Plus (with the exception of “adult” content.)

Movies Plus encourages a great method to make your distribution plan solid.  Place your dotcom on your film – at the beginning and at the end, or perhaps a very very small watermark at the bottom of your letterboxed show.  Movies plus encourages their audience to make note of the filmmakers website address.  Later, after folks have watched your show, they can visit your website and buy an upgraded copy of your movie on DVD, or perhaps a T-shirt or even make a donation.  It works, it’s in some ways better than Crowdsourcing because you’re not dependent upon Kickstarter or anyone else’s method of fundraising…It’s all controlled by you on your website.

The channel is free and currently Ad-Free.

You may add Movies Plus from your Fire TV main screen.  Just scroll down on the left side to APPS, then scroll to the Categories section.  Movies Plus is listed number 4 out of hundreds in the Novelty category.

OR add the channel online here: http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Pie-Films-Movies-Plus/dp/B013MBOC4S/ref=sr_1_1?s=mobile-apps&ie=UTF8&qid=1449873117&sr=1-1

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Okay, so perhaps you don’t have a Fire TV stick or a way to watch Movies Plus right now — now worries you can still contact them and start the process of leveraging your film project.

I shouldn’t post the Curator’s email here for sake of spam…hmmm let’s see.  Okay email them at their gmail account, and please remember to remove the () marks.  Movies Plus care of: metrofilmfestival(@)gmail.com

Cheers, good movie watching…and making!

Android and Fire TV coming soon

Considering the Public Roku publishing que is somewhere around 3 months now. (Instead of their former promise of a 2 week approval process.) I’ve decided to branch out into other platforms too.

If my Media Channels work out on the Droid/Smart TV platforms, then I’ll offer an inexpensive solution for your publishing needs. As usual, it’s a matter of time. Right now, I’m creating private Roku channels for folks. That’s turned out to be very popular, especially for folks who just want to promote their organizations, foster good will, and boost membership.

Private channels get published immediately. The only way to screw your private channel up is IF you decide to put illegal or stolen content on your channel. You’ve heard of DMCA…well, that’s pretty much what I’m talking about. Oh that, and of course you need to keep your content clean. Nudy stuff is a no no.

Interested in becoming an Internet TV Broadcaster? Drop me a line, and I’ll see if I can put together a Roku channel for you for around $99. That’s a one time fee. You own the channel.