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This article via : +ReadWriteWeb -- I was a bit annoyed with the declaration that the Era of Social Cinema begins with.. Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie on Facebook. After all, the +Unofficial Google+ Film Festival was a far more social event and highlighted many independent filmmakers and was broadcast via +Keith Barrett 's website. Do things not matter or "count" unless they happen on Facebook or Twitter first?

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(paging the author) +John Paul Titlow - did I read this right?
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Lower your standards and it will stop bothering you.
 
It is not that things don't matter or "count" unless they happen on FB or Twitter first...it is that things are more "hyped" when they happen on FB or Twitter. Especially when there are such events have happened elsewhere before.
 
The media hasn't discovered Google+ yet, and it will likely take a major news event or a large public situation to change that.
 
Thanks for pointing out the +Unofficial Google+ Film Festival to me. I simply wasn't aware of it, but it's pretty interesting and fits into the larger "social cinema" story, which is one we'll continue to follow and report on.

In my story, I focused on the Tim & Eric movie's Facebook debut, but it's by no means the only example. It's a significant one, though, given the cult following of the show and the use of Facebook for distribution. It's not that Google+ isn't important, but because Facebook is by far the biggest social network, a lot of what goes on there is indeed, by default significant.

The social cinema story is far from over, though. This looks to be a small, but emerging trend and I'll definitely be keeping an eye on Google+ as part of it moving forward. Thanks for your feedback.
 
+John Paul Titlow - I suppose my problem is with the syntax. It is cinema ON social, but hardly social cinema. The +Unofficial Google+ Film Festival didn't need Magnolia films or Google's approval. It was setup and run entirely by the means available to the users and by the will of those leading the project -- not getting paid. Maybe Tim and Eric is happening on a social platform, and maybe it is the beginning of social cinema as a business model ... and maybe that's what you meant. And perhaps that is a more accurate interpretation of what you had written. I'm not just lambasting you, although it may seem that way, I think that the efforts of those filmmakers and +Adam J. Cohen and +Keith Barrett should be recognized for providing a purer form of "social cinema" - purer than that of Facebook's business deals coming to fruition.
 
+John Paul Titlow +Ryan Crowe,
I'm coming to this discussion a bit late but I'm certainly glad to have learned about this. (Just returning from Ecuador).

I'm actually encouraged to hear about this and I'd love to hear from the filmmakers or anyone who actually attended the Facebook event to see how it went.

When I created the +Unofficial Google+ Film Festival I had limited resources to work with and I was fortunate to have the technical help of +Keith Barrett to help reach a much broader audience. The beauty of the festival was in the simplicity.

When looking at the boxoffice results of this film, I see that it has only brought in $174K, however it is a pretty limited release (only 33 theaters for a total of 3 weeks). It is completely possible that the true success of this film could be from VOD and special events like the FB showing. Only time will tell if this is a successful model.
http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=timanderic.htm

I think indie film needs to be more social and all the tools that are available to us will only make our films reach a better audience. We all hope that there is some business success with our films. If there is someone out there who understands the DIY approach, it is +Kevin Smith and what he did with Red State.

One thing I seem to notice is that there has been a lot of branding and social interaction going on with Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, but one thing that seems to be absent on their Facebook page is a quick an easy way for me to see this film right now.

In the age of the internet where we are constantly being bombarded by the newest and latest thing, I will forget about this in 5 minutes so if I can't act right away, it is too late.

I did look further into things and found it available on iTunes for $9.99 but that took effort which in internet terms is a killer for sales. This should be prominently displayed on their FB page. Magnolia Films could easily fix this and I'm sure that there are 1000s of people here on G+ that could really help bring a lot more eyeballs to this film.
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