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It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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Jesse "Doc" Wendel: "How To Succeed In Film Festivals Without Really Trying"

Thanks to Doc Wendel for this cool YouTube find - cool if you're not an independent filmmaker, that is - THANKS DOC!

I've mentioned before I'm working on a documentary, What's Your Pattern?, about why people date the same type of person over and over again. To start filming about a year from now. And that my mother-in-law Judith Holstra is an Emmy Winner. I mean, obviously the video above is a spoof, but my documentary is also going to have celebrities, and we do know people in the major film festivals (well, Judith does.) And we're not a musical. And absolutely not a zombie musical. And we're willing to do anyone, er, anything, um, my young assistant is willing to do anything to see that we get a spot in a good festival. (If he's cute, she says. And knows Jared Leto.) So seems to me even though all this is a spoof and totally meaningless and no one in their right mind would ever pay attention except a desperate filmmaker and the Gods know we're not that -- shhhh, we're not, okay, the new camera will get here real soon now -- but to hell with all that because we've got our basis covered on this totally spoof documentary. Especially the no zombie musical part. So that means, we're absolutely assured of succeeding in film festivals without really trying, you know, something that's like four to five years from now. Well damn... that's a load off my mind. Breathe. Must remember to breathe. *breathes* *breathes* *breathes again*

Anyway, enjoy the flick. It's funny. And pretty much right on. Zombie musical and other great moments in film history belong in the comments.

- posted by Jesse "Doc" Wendel