Netribution was set up at the end of 1999 by three friends to explore how the web could help independent filmmakers. The site had two main periods of activity:

  • 1999-2002: web 1 & dotcom crash. From the first issue on December 31st 1999, with the news of the AOL-Time Warner merger, Netribution was an extensive free resource of contacts, statistics, festivals, links, classifieds and funding info, alongside a weekly magazine that ran for 100 issues, with a combination of news, big name interviewsguides, essays, new talent profiles and comedy blogs. Edited by Tom Fogg and Nic Wistreich, and running against the first dotcom crash, the pure html 3,000+ page site never made a penny and stopped updating at the start of 2002 when poverty finally triumphed.
  • 2006 - 2010: web 2.0 & web video. Following a successful stint helping Shooting People relaunch as a paid-subscription service and the sell-out publication of a co-published funding book - and following a few false starts - Nic relaunched Netribution at the start of 2006 on an open-source CMS to let anyone contribute articles (artwork, right). Against the backdrop of the growth of social media and web video, the new site had dozens of articles being contributed each week from exclusive a-list interviews to popular essays. After the publication of the third edition of the film funding book, and with no revenue model for the site, increasingly dominated by PRs and link-farms, it began to wind-down to the occasional whisper of a blog it is today.


Typecast as a Terrorist

From Adam Fedderman at the Nation

The story of the three British men (known as the Tipton Three) who travelled to Pakistan in 2001 and were indiscriminately swept up during the US bombing of Afghanistan, replayed itself rather unexpectedly when two actors in a new Michael Winterbottom film, The Road to Guantánamo, and the men they portray were held at Luton Airport in Bedfordshire, England, two weeks before the film's March 9 television broadcast in Britain.

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