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    Friday, September 30, 2005

    Everything Bad Is Good For You: The Elevation of TV (Finally!)

    In The Small Screen Gets Its Sundance, Matea Gold of the LAT discusses the New York Television Film Festival:

    As the first event of its kind, the television festival represents an initial step toward creating an alternative way to develop programming outside the studio and network system. But it remains to be seen whether the five-day event has the potential to remake the television industry the way Sundance and other film festivals affected the movie industry by jump-starting an independent film movement in the 1990s. Now fixtures in the film world, the events — including the New York Film Festival currently underway — have elevated the profile of indie filmmakers and introduced bolder fare that breaks the traditional model.

    As a firm believer in television, particularly serial drama, as one of our culture's finest art forms, I am happy to see that the opportunities available to filmmakers are being offered to artists in the TV medium.

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