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I want to start this, my very first blog ever, on a positive note. Just two days ago I finally opened a Facebook account and I must say, my phobias about it have subsided little by little. I’ve received over a dozen requests and 'likes' and I've come across lots of co-workers from my years at TWA, who I simply lost track of once the company closed down in 2002. Discovering Facebook brought joy into my sort of lonely life, but the most exciting part is seeing and keep…

Latino Buzz: Emerging Filmmaker Anghelo Taylor

Calypso and eco-Inspiring animation apparently are Panama`s next big step, as upcoming producer Anghelo Taylor seems about to prove. Taylor, belongs to a line of talented Panamanian producers to keep an eye on. Accion, the Panama film company led by Anghelo Taylor together with a team of long-standing Panamanian talent is present at every major international market including, of course, Cannes and Berlin, and their networks go beyond continents including China. Their wide network and i…

Stage 32 Opening The Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film - 4 Events Planned

Stage 32 Recognized as a Leader in the Convergence of Entertainment and Tech at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival It is with great honor that I announce today that Stage 32 has been invited back by the Cannes Film Festival Marché du Film NEXT Pavilion. The NEXT program will feature presentations from game-changers of future cinema such as Netflix and Indiegogo. We will be presenting the opening day panel for the Marché and have a variety of events lined up throughout the festi…

The Record Breaking Content Challenge Comes to a Close (But Continues on in Spirit!)

So we have reached the end of the April Content Challenge! The results and a further challenge to all who participated in the video below!     Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below..…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (April 29, 2016)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone! I’ve got a jammed pack Weekend Blog for you. Let’s jump right in… Under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS this week: Creative people might secretly be psychopaths (secretly???); movies about women are tough to finance, say indie producers; Cannes artistic director says not to blame him for the lack of female directors in the fest; a look at the film the raised $1.7M on Indiegogo; some musing on the future of film festivals; why the current mode…

You Suck at Writing. Now What?

When I was in college, I wrote a farce for the stage. It was weak, at best, because I couldn’t come up with a decent ending. I don’t want to destroy my reputation here, but the first ending had an alien kidnapping the protagonist during Christmas Eve dinner. (Please don’t delete me from your network. I was only 21 and likely under the influence.) Knowing it was a bullshit ending, I threw my stage play in a box with some other scribblings where it sat for 15 years. In t…

Nine Questions That Directors Have For Film Composers

The art of filmmaking is one of the most collaborative projects that exists. So many roles play a part in the making of a film. Communication, camaraderie, and collective skills all play a part in making just one scene on the set. It is amazing that a creative thought that pops into a writer’s head turns into a whole story. Then that story turns out to be a brilliant idea. Now, the story that was in the writer’s head, is being acted out and created by cast members and a …

IFF Panama 2016 Winners People's Choice: Interview With The Makers Of "Salsipuedes"

The Panamanian film will be screening at the Cannes Marché The audience at the Panama Film Festival is very engaged, interested and enthusiastic. The questions during the Q&A are unique. Not once did I hear that old chestnut, ”What was the budget of the film?” They care about the subject, the characters and the filmmakers themselves and often add to-the-point personal comments rather than simply ask questions. The multiplex Cineopolis is in the largest, most upsc…

Stage 32 (And Our Fearless Leader) At The Writers Guild of America!

This past Wednesday our CEO, RB, was invited by the Stage 32 and WGA member Bill Taub to speak at the WGA panel aimed at examining the challenges and demands of creating and distributing a web series. RB was joined on the panel by speakers such as Joelle Garfinkel (creator, Cam Girls) with David Slack (EP/director, Cam Girls), Diarra Kilpatrick (American Koko; The Mysteries of Laura), and Sam Miller (L.A. Beer); Michael Ajakwe, Jr. (Founder, LAWEBFEST). It was quite an amazing and edu…

Announcing SydneysBuzz Coming To Stage 32

Today, I have something really cool for the entire community. I'm thrilled, honored and proud to announce that Sydney Levine, author of the industry leading blog, SydneysBuzz, is bringing her incredible reporting to Stage 32. Sydney and her crew of associates focus on international film industry developments and analysis of the international film market related to buyers, sales agents, filmmakers, film festivals and distribution. The addition of SydneysBuzz, which for the last few years…

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Richard "RB" Botto is Founder and CEO of Stage 32. He is also a screenwriter, producer, actor, and voice actor.