I’m happy that this discussion (”The Sky is Falling” for independent film, which began in June at the LA Film Festival) is still going on many months later. The more we hash out all of the complicated intricacies of how the production and distribution of film is changing, the more we all benefit from greater understanding. Or at least I think so. Producer Ted Hope (credits include The Savages, American Splendor, 21 Grams, Lovely & Amazing) this weekend shared his comments from Film Independent’s Filmmaker Forum with indieWIRE, How The New Truly Free Filmmaking Community Will Rise From Indie’s Ashes, as a sort of antidote to the LA Film Fest comments by Mark Gill. I’m very interested to see how these two columns plus Peter Broderick’s comments are digested within the blogosphere.

But the thing I’m most excited about is that Hope was able to get the issue of net neutrality into indieWIRE! Brian Newman, CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute, asked me to start writing this blog many moons ago as a way to share information about critical policy and technology issues that impact filmmakers. The idea being that without AIVF, which had long served as an advocacy arm for the film community, we had better at least be talking about the issues. But I’ve felt like I’m a party of one in talking about those issues here. I’ve received few comments or interest from the film community about an issue that is of vital importance: net neutrality.

All signs keep pointing to distribution via the web to be where all the lanes will converge, yet big media companies are quietly working to limit our access to the net, and thus, whatever we want to see. If they control the pipeline into your home, they have the capacity to control what you can watch, or at least make it very expensive. But, don’t take my word for it. Hope writes:

We have never had this sort opportunity before and the great tragedy is that just as we are learning what it means, forces are vying to take it away from us. The principal that all information, all creators, all audiences should be treated equally within the structure that is the Internet is popularly referred to as Net Neutrality. The Telecos, the Cable Companies, and their great ally, the Hollywood Motion Picture Studios and the MPAA are now trying to end that equality. And with it you will lose the opportunity to be TRULY FREE FILMMAKERS. But they are not going to succeed because we are going to band together and organize, we are going to save the Internet, and keep equal access for all. Read Ted Hope’s comments>>