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'D.I.Y.' Director Offers Movie Free on Zune Sites

14 Nov, 2007 By: Billy Gil

D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist

Both Microsoft's recently launched Zune Marketplace and its Zune.net, launching Nov. 19, will showcase the documentary film D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist as a free, top-four pick.

The film, from director Michael W. Dean, will be delivered as eight episodes over eight weeks, one per week. The video downloads, formatted to play on either a computer screen or Microsoft's Zune portable music and video player, will appear as podcasts.

D.I.Y. OR DIE celebrates outsider artists with interviews and performances by such musicians as Lydia Lunch, Ian MacKaye (Fugazi) and J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.); as well as luminaries such as music producer Steve Albini and Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.org. The film will be available online until at least April 2008, with such extras as additional interviews available as free downloads, one per week, after the film's last chapter has posted.

“It's my gift to the world,” Dean said. “People write me every day and tell me the film got them off their ass. I made the film to spread a message, not make money.”

The DVD is now available, from MVD Visual, at $7.95.

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