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It appears that the Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature and winner of the Documentary Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, No End In Sight has been released on YouTube. This is something I have noticed more and more documentary filmmakers doing as of late and I can see this trend extending to many other forms of media. The internet is the wild west when it comes to monetizing intellectual property and many think Google and their ad-support everything approach is blazing the most logical trail. I would not be surprised if turns out YouTube (Google) agreed to some sort of ad-revenue sharing deal with the producers of No End In Sight. No matter what prompted this its to the benefit of us film lovers. Check out the synopsis and film below…

The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, “No End In Sight” is a jaw-dropping, insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officials, Iraqi civilians, American soldiers, and prominent analysts. “No End In Sight” examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy — the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government, and the disbanding of the Iraqi military — largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today.

Needless to say we at Super U see the entertainment industry moving towards this. Filmmakers are having a difficult time finding people to gamble on distribution unless it is a sure bet. Thus independents are turning to the web and using it as a soapbox to broadcast their message. If this sounds familiar at all you can thank the music industry for doing the exact same thing a couple of years ago. Indie music is far from dead however major labels no longer gamble on anything except ‘sure bets.’ The best place to find true art when it comes to music is the internet, looks like film will soon be the same way…

Credit to The Movie Blog for posting this first.

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Written by superuwatchers

September 2, 2008 at 10:22 am

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