One of the reasons I started the /Filmcast was because I believe film has the power to change our lives. I’m sure all of us at some point have been moved, changed, or informed by a film that we’ve seen. In fact, in the U.S. and in other countries, film has the power to convey life-changing information to those in need.

That’s why I’d like you to help us raise $10,000 to bring the power of film to an African refugee camp by sponsoring a 10-hour long live broadcast of the /Filmcast. Intrigued? You can read more details after the jump, or you can head straight to the donate page right now.
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Many people have asked what’s going on with The Tobolowsky Files. I can promise that once things have calmed (hopefully in the next few weeks), new episodes will resume on the old feed. In the meantime, Stephen is just finishing up the last leg of his book tour. New Yorkers: won’t you come support him? Stephen Tobolowsky will be at the 92Y this Saturday (12/16) at 7 PM. I’ve had the privilege of seeing him live and I can promise that it’ll be an unforgettable evening of storytelling and Q&A. I wish I could make it myself, but the East Coast is just too far for me these days.

Head on over to the 92Y’s website for the full details.  

Stephen practicing on stage at The Bell House

Stephen Tobolowsky’s book based on The Tobolowsky Files has recently hit the shelves, but he’s soon going to take a break from his intense book tour to join me in Seattle. Together, we’ll be performing The Tobolowsky Files live at the Moore Theatre on October 13th! If you have a chance, please come check out the show and say hi afterwards if you get the chance.

Seattle has always been extraordinarily welcoming of our podcast and our live show. Our show last January at the Neptune Theater sold out and our show at the Moore looks to be on the same track. If you’re available, I invite you to come join us. Buy tickets and find out more info by clicking on this link. 

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Over two years ago, I made the following pitch to actor Stephen Tobolowsky: “Your stories are so good. I bet there are tons more stories where those came from. And I feel like if we don’t do something to preserve them, they’ll be lost forever. So, let me know if you want to do something to preserve them.” The subsequent project that resulted, “The Tobolowsky Files,” changed both of our lives. In addition to becoming a successful podcast, it has since led to sold out live shows, been picked up on several public radio stations, and spawned a book from Simon & Schuster.

Now Public Radio International, which distributes hit radio shows such as This American Life, has entered into an agreement with Stephen and I to produce and distribute a brand new radio show based on “The Tobolowsky Files.” The new show will feature many of Stephen’s great stories, but in a new, professional format that will make them more accessible than ever. I can’t say what the future will hold for our show, but our hope is that “The Tobolowsky Files” will be coming soon to a public radio station near you.

More details, plus the full press release, after the jump.
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As most of our readers are likely aware, last night a violent man turned the opening of The Dark Knight Rises into a shocking tragedy. For reasons that are currently unclear, he opened fire on a group of moviegoers who’d gathered to watch a midnight screening in Aurora, CO, killing many and wounding more.

There is nothing we at /Film can add to the conversation today. The core facts are widely known, and understanding of the situation is evolving as authorities perform their duties. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. We ask that our readers keep those suffering from this horrific event in their thoughts as well.

Please visit the Associated Press for full details on the incident.




Just a friendly reminder that Stephen Tobolowsky and I will be in New York and Boston next week to perform a set of stories from the Tobolowsky Files! For those of you who came out to our shows in Cambridge and Seattle, this will be a different set of stories than you saw last time.

On Febraury 27th at 7:00 PM, we’ll be at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA, presenting an event in conjunction with the Independent Film Festival of Boston. Buy tickets for that show by clicking here (click on the showtime on the left-hand side).

On February 28th at 7:30 PM, we’ll be at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY. Buy tickets for that show by clicking here.

Hope to see some of you there!

Tomorrow: Come See The Tobolowsky Files LIVE in Boston

Just a quick reminder that for three nights beginning tomorrow night, on November 11th, 12th, and 13th, the Brattle Theatre will be hosting the Tobolowsky Files live with actor Stephen Tobolowsky! If you’re anywhere in the New England area, I invite you to come check out this unique evening of storytelling and Q&A.

You can get more info about the show and buy tickets in advance using this link (use the promo code tobo to get a few bucks off your order) or just buy them at the box office on the day of the show. If you decide to come, try to bring a friend, and feel free to say hi. Hope to see some of you there!

/Film Announcement: Commenting Changes

Hey Guys and Gals,

/Film has grown dramatically over the past few years, and so have the amount of people who comment on the site. To give you an idea of just how many, we’ve had around 20,000 new comments in the last month alone. A nice group of regulars can be found in most of the comment threads on the site. But as the community has grown, so has the amount of trolls and irrelevant entries. It has become a growing problem, and the time has come to take action.

I have decided to lock off the comment section to only registered users. By this I mean you will no longer be able to comment on /Film unless you are logged in with Facebook, Disqus, Twitter or Google accounts. We will no longer allow anonymous commenting. If you have any of the mentioned social media accounts, it is extremely easy to log in and leave a comment.

I have always been a big believer of an open system, allowing anyone and everyone to leave a comment. When you close any system, and put up a gate, you automatically shut out almost 50% of the possible users. While half of our comments come from anonymous users, our analysis has shown that most of these comments add very little value to the discussion (and if they do, it’s largely negative). As it turns out, people who don’t want to take the few seconds to register an account, or log in with one of their preexisting social media accounts, usually don’t put much effort on their comment submissions anyway.

David Chen has been pushing me for a while to change over to Facebook comments, which would force all commenters to shed anonymity. The idea is that users are better behaved when their real name and Facebook profile is attached. I was largely against this option as we’ve had a large amount of industry insiders comment on the site, and they would not be able to do so without the protection of their privacy. I understand this need, and that is why we’re allowing comment login with a few other social media accounts. So alongside Facebook, you’ll also be able to comment with your preexisting Disqus, Twitter and Google accounts. This will allow those of you who would be unable to post under their real names to still do so. Plus, 60% of our existing logged-in commenters already have Disqus accounts, so we dont want to abandon those users. At the same time, we’re going to keep a closer watch on the comments and use the ban hammer when required.

We know that in the coming days and weeks you will see less comments per /Film article — this is unavoidable. We’re more concerned about the quality of the comments than the quantity. And hopefully through this added measure, we’ll be able to grow as a community. Please, join us!

Peter Sciretta
/Film Owner/Editor

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