Jeff Steele's prediction is he won't be surprised to see Netflix producing its own original content. And here is why: In the United States, Netflix already represents more than 20 percent of downstream traffic during peak times.
There's good news and bad news about technology for independent filmmakers. It's cheaper and easier to make a film: anyone can make a movie with a low-price camera and a laptop. But the bad news is, independent films are competing for distribution and exhibition screens with big budget studio movies - and those movies are benefiting from some pretty nifty technology, too. Is there still room at the multiplex for the personal storytelling and character-driven drama of indie film?