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Twitter is getting into the Sundance Film Festival buzz with a list of must-follow accounts from top filmmakers, critics and interesting voices that will be at this year's movie extravaganza. The Twitter list is a way to promote the festival's growing social media presence as well as allow movie fans who can't travel to Utah to participate in the festivities from afar.
The list, called Sundance2012filmmakers, includes filmmakers such as @SpikeLee (Spike Lee, Red Hook Summer), @Birbigs (Mike Birbiglia, Sleepwalk With Me) and @EricWareheim (Eric Wareheim, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Move).
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It also includes other festival-goers including actors such as @hitRECordjoe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), rappers-turned-actors like @Common (Common) and film critics including @aoscott (A.O. Scott, the New York Times). The list is curated by Basil Tsiokos, a programming associate for the Sundance Film Festival (@sundancefest).
If you want to get behind-the-scenes video and exclusive content, the Sundance Twitter account or Tsiokos' Twitter list can be a bit of a chore. Go to Sundance's Facebook page to get easy access to videos such as director Alison Klayman speaking about her documentary about Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, or catch an ongoing livestream of interviews and features from the festival.
The movie industry is becoming more social. Studios and filmmakers are realizing social media is a great way to promote their movies, especially for smaller films that may not be able to buy TV spots. One such movie, Indie Game: The Movie is making its debut at Sundance. The documentary used Kickstarter to help raise more than $100,000 -- all while building an engaged and loyal audience.
Will you be following the 2012 Sundance Film Fesitval on Twitter? How important is social media for modern films?
Image courtesy of Calvin Knight and Sundance Film Festival
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