indie film

Backstage Ellen's Seidler's Fight Against Piracy

 

Ellen Seidler isn’t in the indie game for the money. But when the filmmaker and her directing partner, Megan Siler, put up $250,000 of their own cash to make “And Then Came Lola,” they expected to at least be able to break even, paying off the debts they incurred during production. Their hopes were dashed when they discovered how extensively “Lola” was being pirated on the Web, damaging the financial prospects of the movie’s DVD and video-on-demand release. Seidler became infuriated, though, when she noticed corporate ads for companies like Google and Netflix popping up all over the illegal sites that carried her film. Back Stage talks to Seidler, who is fighting back on her blog and speaking out against corporate-sponsored Web piracy.

To read full story on Seidler’s fight against piracy in Backstage go here.