Came across this new review last night:

Bernhard very subtlety yet very clearly and unpretentiously shows us a contradiction in society. With our websites and our ipods, we are a disconnected society. Yet what we all have in common is this earphone-induced isolation.

In contrast to the work of the Duplass brothers and Andrew Bujalski, the cast in this film is a bit younger. With everyone in their early 20’s, the dialogue seems a little more natural and carefree. Maybe I don’t have friends like that now, but I did Sophomore year of college. The jokes cracked and issues discussed lend themselves to an image of youthful hope, rather than the meandering and jaded dissatisfaction of the soon-to-be-thirty-somethings that dominate the genre.

Check out the full review here.

Also, an article about the movie appeared in Monday’s edition of the Brazilian newspaper O. Estadao S. Paulo which I’m working on getting a good translation of.  Pretty cool stuff!  It amazes me the momentum this movie still has a full year after we finished it.

Jamie King, the force behind the VODO distribution platform that released the movie last month, was part of a panel discussion at Slamdance yesterday about the future of film distribution. While he was speaking, he mentioned The Lionshare’s downloads on the filesharing networks equaled 8 terabytes.  It was quoted on the blog of Filmmaker Magazine:

Discussing a recent VODO film, Lion’s Share, King did point to one useful statistic. He said the film’s downloads on the filesharing networks totalled eight terabytes. “The value of that is in the thousands of dollars,” he said, “and that bandwidth cost has been shared by our community. It points to a future when the distinction between filmmaker, producer and distributor has been broken down.” In this future, he continued, “We will need to incentivize people to promote our films.”

Okay, so, they called it ‘Lion’s Share’ but that’s still awesome.  Check out their full report on the panel here.

The VODO release was a great success.  They said in the first day the movie was download 10,000 times.  10,000 times!  Even if only half the people who downloaded it actually watched it, that’s already an order of magnitude greater than the number that had seen it up til that point.  I’ve been getting emails and tweets from people all over the world giving reactions and asking questions about the film, and it’s all been pretty overwhelming.

It’s been about a year since we finished the film.  Every time I think it’s done with and I can put it on the shelf, the movie turns out to have more life in it.  And, a year on, it had its most successful week yet.

Cool things that happened this week, in no particular order: landing the front page of The Pirate Bay.  Getting a Lionshare Wikipedia entry (soon-to-be-deleted, but it was there nonetheless!).  Being asked to be interviewed for a book about online media and downloading.  Getting an email asking “what advice would you give to a young aspiring filmmaker?”

That last one took me aback.  The notion that anybody was asking me for advice on how to succeed as a filmmaker was…I don’t know what.  I don’t feel like I’m anywhere near being able to think about giving advice on how to “make it.”  I wanted to say to him “Got me, but when you find some, send it my way.”  But what I realized I should say was this: just go out and do something.  Whatever you can.  Make your movie however you can.  It may seem obvious but it’s something a lot of people (myself especially) have a tendency to forget.  You think you’re not ready, you make excuses for yourself, you’ll do it next month or next year.  But unless you actually do some work, thinking about it is all you’re going to do.  Do it and learn, then make another one that’s even better from the experience.

At least I think.

Anyhow, all this stuff combined with the looming end of 2009 has made me kind of contemplative.  I really want to thank everybody who checked out the movie whether you liked it or not.  And thanks to all the people who contacted me to tell me what they thought.  And to all the people who made donations or bought the DVD.

See you on the next one.