Founding Film (and so much more!)

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If you've been keeping up with my blog over the past few weeks, by now you're probably saying to yourself, "Gee, this Film Annex thing is awesome! But where on earth did it come from?"

I'm glad you asked.

This week, we're talking about the blog of Francesco Rulli. Rulli is not only the founder of Film Annex, but he has also founded and is involved with many globally conscious companies and initiatives, several of which focus on the development and support of the Afghanistan economic and education systems. Rulii's blog is about 8 pages long, with posts covering subject from his view of filmmaking to showing his involvement in various organizations.

Now, I know in instant-access Internet land, 8 pages of articles means an exhausting number of mouse-clicks. Lucky for you, I've got some favorites to get you started:

1) The Socialization of Film (page 7). This post gives a clear idea of Rulli's reasons for founding Film Annex, not to mention some excellent advice for new filmmakers. If you're thinking of getting involved with Film Annex, this is a must-read.

2) Why Small Content Providers and Filmmakers Must Be Online (page 7). Did you ever consider that independent, up-and-coming entrepreneurs might have an edge over older, bigger corporations when it comes to the Internet? If so, this is the article for you.

3) Charlie Chaplin vs. The Taliban (page 5). This post explains the No Politics, Just Internet initiative being spearheaded by Film Annex and Citadel to bring Internet access to Afghan schools.

The Kid by Charle Chaplin

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4) The Education of Women in Afghanistan is the Business Opportunity of This Decade (page 2). When you think of Afghanistan, "business opportunity" might not be the first thing that comes to mind. After reading this post, I have to say it does make sense. It's rare that a good cause can also be profitable, but in this case it seems to be true.

After perusing his blog, it's clear that Francesco Rulli is a remarkable and tireless advocate for progress. From his work in Afghanistan to the founding of several innovative companies, it is certainly no wonder how the following Tomasi di Lampedusa quote came to be his favorite:

"If we want everything to stay the same, then we need to change everything."

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Sarah Grace is a writer filmmaker living and working in Madison, Wisconsin. She is passionate about independent enterprise and is a big supporter of Internet-based film, television, and other entertainment.

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