I was an initial, albeit paying skeptic, then a non-practicant, then I bought the last issue of The Believer magazine primarily on the promise of its accompanying DVD filled with short films.
That promise has not yet been filled--I have only watched Mike Mills' Deformer, the unassumingly homoerotic tale of the iconoclastic painter/skateboarding star Ed Templeton and his subject/wife from Huntington Beach, and I couldn't really get started on any others yet--but the interview subjects seem rather interesting. And the latest issue, just out, features long interviews with Todd Solondz and Eve Sussman.
Then, on the The Believer website, they have this idea for the taking, which I believe has been tried, but not lately:
Someone should produce a short-film quarterly, published on a DVD. It would include short films by independent filmmakers. Each issue could have a central theme or genreódocumentary, gender issues, cold medicine abuse, etc. A subscription would be cheap and the packaging would be tasteful and recyclable.My faith in The Believer may still be weak, but for now, my wallet is willing.
The Believer Magazine