Blogs Cover Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is becoming a blog fest according to a Reuters article (on News.com) that reports on some of the blog coverage.
"Blogs are becoming a vital part of an independent film scene that relies on word-of-mouth and alternative media to truly thrive," says Eugene Hernandez, editor of the pioneering indie film site IndieWire.com, which hosts some two dozen blogs and this year has asked 12 filmmakers from Sundance and the concurrent Slamdance to blog about their experiences.

BloggingSundance.com, a pioneering festival blog, was dreamed up by the founder of the Weblogs Inc. Network, Jason Calacanis, who persuaded the festival to let him blog in 2003. "I blogged live from inside movie theaters. I'd sit in the back row with my laptop," he recalls. "It's the closest thing to live coverage." Film fanatic Calacanis continued to blog Sundance through 2004 and '05, when he reviewed 19 to 20 movies by himself. "When I'm at Sundance I don't go to parties, I watch films," he says.
The article focuses on Sundance blogging from IndieWire.com and Weblogs Inc.'s Cinematical. Other blogs mentioned include the Hot Blog from Movie City News, Defamer and Hollywood Elsewhere. These blogs are providing a significant amount of Sundance coverage but they aren't they only blogs covering Sundance.

Graphs from Technorati or BlogPulse show the predictable burst in Sundance blog coverage. Technorati tags can be found here and there are 19,800+ english language posts containing the keyword Sundance. BlogPulse shows over 12,400 results and IceRocket.com has listed over 27,000 posts.

Posted on January 24, 2006

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