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Sep 1997 VideoHound's Independent Film Guide By Movie Magazine's Monica Sullivan Now Available.
Feb 1996 "Movie Magazine" & "Shoestring" Now Airing On The Internet
Sep 1995 Shoestring Radio Theatre Launches World Wide Web Site
Oct 1993 Movie Magazine International & Shoestring Radio Theatre Air On 55 stations (In 10 states!)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1997
Contact: Marilou Carlin
(313) 961-2242, ext. 1639, Toll-free: (800) 347-4253
e-mail: mcarlin@gale.com

THE LITTLE FILMS THAT COULD:
INDEPENDENT FILMS GET THEIR OWN GUIDEBOOK

In the not too distant past, when Hollywood studios were responsible for most of what we saw and heard onscreen, independent filmmaking was seen as a desperate career move. The reasoning went that if a movie was worthwhile, a big studio would produce it.

That all changed last April when independents won nine of the top ten categories at the 1996 Academy Awards including Best Picture. The popularity of the independent film, which has been steadily growing for years, had reached the pinnacle of success.

At the time of this victory, the creators of VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever were already hard at work putting together VideoHound's Independent Film Guide ($17.95, Visible Ink Press), the very first guidebook devoted exclusively to films made outside the studio system.

Written by Monica Sullivan, producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio program "Movie Magazine International," VideoHound's Independent Film Guide reviews the kinds of movies that, at the hands of a big studio, would have been trampled by too many conflicting approaches at too many studio story conferences. "Independent films," says Sullivan, "are about imagination and tenacity, which make up for 1,001 power lunches an indie producer can't afford to buy."

Without the luxury of inflated Hollywood budgets, many of the films reviewed are the low-budget variety that necessarily have rough edges. "Sometimes the more rough edges that are left in a film, the more active our participation becomes," says Sullivan. "We're grateful to the creators for showing us a grittier, more eloquently real way of looking at life."

Using the usual VideoHound rating system of one to four bones (or WOOF! if the film's a real dog), it may not be surprising, then, that Sullivan awards The English Patient, an indie that looks and feels like a studio blockbuster, only two-and-a-half bones while a more classic indie like the "little-seen masterpiece," American Heart (starring Jeff Bridges) earns four.

Not content to just look at the current domestic crop of indies, the Independent Film Guide also reviews foreign films from over three dozen countries and old independents, going back even to the silent era. (Did you know, for example, that John Huston's The African Queen was an indie?) Also included are 50 intriguing sidebars on boundary breaking directors, actors and producers.

Like all of the VideoHound guides, the Independent Film Guide naturally boasts four indexes for easy cross-referencing, along with a distributor list, distributor guide and an indispensable list of video sources for those hard-to-find films on video. Exclusive to this guide is a thorough list of "Indie Connections" -- web pages, books, magazines and organizations devoted to the independent film world.

In her foreword to the book, Mare Winningham (Independent Spirit Award-winner and Academy Award nominee for Georgia in 1995) describes the making of an independent film as "a collaborative feat of promise, amid impossible monetary and time constraints that somehow benefit the movie." VideoHound's Independent Film Guide salutes the spirit behind that feat of promise and offers the indie connoisseur and novice alike an indispensable companion to their film viewing.

Monica Sullivan, whose film commentary has been broadcast weekly since 1987 on her radio program "Movie Magazine International," also has been a contributor to National Public Radio and Pacific Sports Network and an entertainment reviewer for the Woodland-Davis (CA) Daily Democrat. She is the author of two novels and a children's book and was an Emmy nominee for her first teleplay, The Subject Doesn't Really Interest Me, which aired on PBS.

Editor's note: For media inquiries or review copy information please contact: Marilou Carlin, Senior Publicist, Visible Ink Press, 645 Griswold St., Suite 835, Detroit, MI 48226, 313-961-2242, ext. 1639. Toll-free: 800-347-4253. Fax: 313-961-6824. E-mail: mcarlin@gale.com

Press Release Courtesy of Visible Ink Press.

Go to MMI's Independent Film Guide page.

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FEBRUARY 26, 1996

Media Contact: Monica Sullivan, Producer
Shoestring Radio Theatre
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163
Email:

"MOVIE MAGAZINE" & "SHOESTRING"
NOW AIRING ON THE INTERNET

SAN FRANCISCO - The non-profit radio production company Shoestring Radio Theatre announced today that its two nationally-syndicated radio programs--"Movie Magazine International" and "Shoestring Radio Theatre"--will now air each week on the Internet via flagship station KUSF-FM in San Francisco, which recently began simulcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on Audio.Net, a web site which transmits live radio programming in RealAudio format.

Anyone in the world with a compatible computer system can listen to the programs on the Internet as they air Wednesday nights on KUSF, 90.3 FM in San Francisco. "Movie Magazine International" airs from 9:00 - 9:30 PM (Pacific time); Internet listeners will hear the local edition of the show, which differs slightly from the national edition heard on satellite. "Shoestring Radio Theatre" airs from 9:30 - 10:00 PM (Pacific time).

In order to access KUSF's live RealAudio feed, listeners will need the RealAudio Player. Version 1.0 (which supports AM radio sound quality) requires a 14.4 Kbps modem or better and is available for Macintosh and Windows. Version 2.0 (which supports near FM mono sound quality) requires a 28.8 Kbps modem or better and currently is available for PowerMacintosh, Windows, and most Unix operating systems. Computer users can get more information about RealAudio, or download a free copy of the player, at the RealAudio home page on the World Wide Web (http://www.realaudio.com). KUSF's RealAudio live feed is located at Audio.Net and can be accessed from Shoestring Radio Theatre's web site (http://www.shoestring.org/), KUSF's web site (http://www.kusf.org), or Audio.Net's web site (http://www.audionet.com/pub/kusf/kusf.htm).

"We are really excited about the shows airing on the Internet," exclaims Founding Producer Monica Sullivan. "We will now be able to reach people who can't currently hear us because we don't have a radio affiliate in their market yet." "Many visitors to our web site have requested we make the shows available on the Internet," comments Webmaster Randy Parker. "Now with KUSF simulcasting on Audio.Net, it means that anyone in the world can listen to 'Shoestring Radio Theatre' or 'Movie Magazine International', if they have a compatible computer system."

"Movie Magazine International" is a 30-minute entertainment guide which covers the local and national film scene with movie reviews, special reports, weekly trivia contests, and interviews with directors and actors from yesterday and today. "Shoestring Radio Theatre"--a 30-minute radio drama program--draws on a pool of local talent to write, direct, and perform works which span an astonishing range of genres and styles: everything from classic murder mysteries to slapstick comedies to historical romances to contemporary dramas. The programs currently are heard on a confirmed station line-up of 93 radio stations in 25 states via the Public Radio Satellite System.

"Movie Magazine International" airs nationally on the Public Radio Satellite System every Friday morning from 1:00 - 1:30 Eastern time on channel A719 followed by "Shoestring Radio Theatre" from 1:30 - 1:59. "Movie Magazine International" and "Shoestring Radio Theatre" air locally in the San Francisco Bay Area on KUSF, 90.3 FM every Wednesday night from 9:00 - 10:00 Pacific time and can be heard simultaneously on the Internet on Audio.Net at "http://www.audionet.com/pub/kusf/kusf.htm".

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SEPTEMBER 1, 1995

Media Contact: Monica Sullivan, Producer
Shoestring Radio Theatre
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163
Email:

SHOESTRING RADIO THEATRE LAUNCHES WORLD WIDE WEB SITE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Shoestring Radio Theatre, the San Francisco-based radio production company, announced today the official launch of its new World Wide Web site. Located on the World Wide Web (the graphical portion of the Internet) at "http://www.shoestring.org", the site contains information not only on the non-profit, tax-exempt corporation itself, but also on the company's two weekly radio shows: "Movie Magazine International" (a program of movie reviews and interviews) and "Shoestring Radio Theatre" (a program of original radio dramas). The two 30-minute shows air locally on KUSF, 90.3 FM (Wednesday nights 9-10 p.m.) and nationally on nearly 90 stations in 21 states via the Public Radio Satellite Network.

Shoestring Radio Theatre's World Wide Web site, which is made possible by Internet Provider LineX Communications of San Rafael, California (415-455-1650), contains a wide range of useful information for radio listeners and web surfers. The "Shoestring Radio Theatre" (radio drama program) web pages include: a profile of the show; local and national 13-week schedules of upcoming plays; press releases dating back to 1993; and a "Feedback" section encouraging radio listeners and web surfers to submit their suggestions, comments, questions and/or scripts to Shoestring via email. The "Movie Magazine International" web pages include: a description of the program; a schedule of upcoming interviews with actors and directors; movie reviews of current releases and old favorites; news releases; a "Feedback" area for comments; and a list of links to other cool movie-related web sites.

"The World Wide Web site is going to be a great way for us to reach out to our current listeners, to provide them with information about the shows and to provide them an opportunity to talk back to us via email. But, hopefully, the site will also enable us to reach new listeners and raise awareness of 'Movie Magazine International' and 'Shoestring Radio Theatre' in areas of the country and the world where the shows are not currently heard," comments Founding Producer Monica Sullivan. Senior Associate Producer and Webmaster Randy Parker adds, "The new web site is really exciting because as far as I can tell, 'Shoestring Radio Theatre' will be the only radio drama program in the country with a World Wide Web site. Plus, the site will immensely increase the potential audience for the film reviews from 'Movie Magazine International.' They'll now reach not only the local and national radio audience but also anyone in the world with access to the web."

Shoestring Radio Theatre's World Wide Web Site is located at "http://www.shoestring.org" and can be accessed via any web browser (although Netscape 1.1 is recommended). Additionally, the corporation has two email addresses -- " " for the film review program "Movie Magazine International" and " " for the radio drama program "Shoestring Radio Theatre" -- which can be reached from the Internet or from any commercial on-line service (such as AOL, CompuServe, and Prodigy).

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OCTOBER 1993

Media Contact: Monica Sullivan, Producer
Movie Magazine International
P.O. Box 590163
San Francisco, CA 94159-0163
Email:

MOVIE MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL & SHOESTRING
RADIO THEATRE AIR ON 55 STATIONS IN 10 STATES!

"Excellent!" -- Movie Magazine International

"Intriguing!" -- Shoestring Radio Theatre

As any listener of Movie Magazine International and Shoestring Radio Theatre will say, the two weekly shows can be habit-forming! Public radio stations throughout the country are discovering the same thing: these independently produced programs have been picked up by 55 stations in ten states during their first thirteen weeks of national syndication via the Public Radio Satellite System.

"KUSF, San Francisco is honored to be the flagship station for the broadcast of these substantive and entertaining programs," says KUSF's program director Kate Ingram. "When the networks pick them up, we hope they'll still remember us!"

"Movie Magazine International" is noted for its lively pacing, brisk humor, and provocative writing, as well as for its ability to attract an intriguing gallery of guests from every level (and era) of the motion picture industry. A recent staff visit to Hollywood resulted in interviews with cinematic scream queens past and present as well as the brave male stars who once battled everything from "The Creature From The Black Lagoon" to "Plan Nine From Outer Space"!

"Shoestring Radio Theatre" (produced at Western Public Radio in San Francisco) hopes to extend radio drama as an art form until well into the 21st century or, as one playwright-in-residence, Mike Marano, explains, to help its listeners "experience what happens when radio waves and dreams touch your mind in the same moment." The company's productions are marked by crisp dialogue, inventive use of sound effects, and ensemble acting in the tradition of classic radio dramas from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Shoestring's founding producer Monica Sullivan, a Northern California Area Emmy nominee, is the author of two novels and a children's book. She has produced documentaries for both radio and television and is the founding producer of "Movie Magazine International also broadcast via the Public Radio Satellite.

Both "Shoestring Radio Theatre" and "Movie Magazine International" are fed via the Public Radio Satellite channel A719 on Fridays from 1:30 to 1:59 am (Shoestring) and 1:00 to 1:30 am (Movie Magazine), ET.

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