15

SEP 2008

Ain’t technology fun.

For those of you that are into the Twitter thing, good news for you! The Hollywood Fringe now has a Twitter.

For those of you who don’t know what twitter is read on….

Twitter is a web utility you can use to post your current status and read the statuses of others. For example, if I were eating lunch at a new restaurant in Hollywood, and I wanted everyone to know about it, I could tweet: “eating lunch at this fabu restuarant…y’all should come sometime”. You get the idea, it’s like a mini-blog post.

(yes, I did use the verb “to tweet” which is the correct parlance for posting a status on Twitter)

A few weeks ago (being a minor space geek) I decided to start following the Mars Rover twitter. I get updates every few hours on what that little guy is doing and seeing. Recently, the Washington Post twittered the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

For you folks craving that moment-by-moment update on LA’s first Fringe Festival, your appetites can be sated by checking our Twitter:

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We will try to keep it updated often for your viewing enjoyment.

14

SEP 2008

Barring some freak technological blip, you are reading this latest article on our new website, the hot bed of our future web-based adventures. Welcome!

The site is currently relatively bling-free, which is intentional. Strolling through the gamut of international Fringe websites is a fun exercise. Generally, they convey something of a chaos inherent in the perceived psyche of Fringe festivals. This is a good idea as design conveys emotion and context, and this chaos fits well within the Fringe atmosphere.

We have slightly different aims in our web-world and that is to muster and communicate with the resources to bring this festival successfully home. The Internets is central to our awareness and promotion startegeries. You may have already noticed that the “blog” element of our to-date web presence is front-and-center. Communication is king, and best served on a clear and concise dinner plate.

That said, we have plans to further develop our web presence from a design and content perspective. So, I suppose a little bling is forthcoming.

We have added some more data on the festival itself and what is vies to achieve. First on the menu of future features is a comment engine followed by a newsletter. We will also be unveiling the “alpha” version of our submissions website, which will power the great democratic initiative of the Hollywood Fringe festival.

So welcome! The old fringe site is dead, long live the new fringe site.

Ben

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SEP 2008

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SEP 2008

For all you Facebook folks out there, here is some news: You can now become a fan of the Hollywood Fringe Festival on everyone’s favorite social networking website.

Simply click here …and become a “fan” of the Fringe.

Make sure to pass around the link to all your friends by “sharing” the page.

Ben

29

AUG 2008

I spoke with my cousin Bryce Wagoner last week about an idea we have been kicking around for a couple years now: A documentary on the creation of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Bryce is a good guy to have on-board: His documentary just received funding and it’s starting production with Oxymoron Entertainment and the producers of Entourage, Punked, American Psycho, and the Emmy Nominated The Flight that Fought Back.

The idea for a documentary first emerged as we started production on our last endeavor: The Hatchery Festival . Theatre/Arts festivals are such bizarre creatures and attract such a freakish array of characters, how could it not translate to film? Note that I use the term “freakish” with all love, respect, and self identification.

Bryce and I (along with Dave McKeever, the Producing Director for the Fringe) are just now beginning to bounce around some serious ideas that, so far, sound pretty entertaining.

The production of the Fringe itself would be the major through line…along the way, we may:

  • Adventure through the history of past Fringes and why they matter
  • Field trip to Scotland, Minneapolis, and/or Tortonto to see Fringe in action
  • Interview various theatrical luminaries in the land of Fringe
  • Follow artists as they create, develop, and produce their Fringe projects
  • ..and of, course, lots of footage of Fringe week and all the madness therein

Of course, we would set the Hollywood community on center stage; presenting the modern Hollywood as a fascinating and unique place complimenting its role as the spiritual capital of the entertainment world.
As my cousin says, the best thing about shooting a documentary are the unknown gems you film…the wild characters that stand out. I imagine we will be pretty open to new experiences (that’s the story of this Festival thus far).

In a few paragraphs, that’s the general idea. Looking forward to making some real progress on this particular project…very excited to see where it goes.