Curious...What’s this other shoe people talk about?

I always use shoe analogies to describe people and situations in my life. Some relationships are like wearing shoes that are too tight. An annoying person feels like a pebble in your shoe.  Some people need to be resoled or are too stiff.

Shoes are at our base.  They are part of our foundation.  They protect our feet and keep us warm. They carry us far.  Nowadays, shoes are hi-tech. They can make us fast, slow, track the number of steps and calories burned, correct our posture, shape our legs, make us taller and make a statement.  So, I get it but what’s this “other shoe” and why are people waiting for it to drop?  It sounds ominous like a storm coming. Are we bugs and the other shoe is dropping to smash us?   Do we know for sure it’s going to drop? Who’s dropping it?  I have to say it’s so absurd I can’t wrap my head around it.  It reminds me of the story of Chicken Little and the sky falling. 

I did some research and found the following.  It actually means to wait for the unexpected. Its source is said to come from the following story.

In the late 18th century during the manufacturing boom in NYC a man comes in late at night to a lodging house, rather the worse for wear. He sits on his bed, drags one shoe off and drops it on the floor. Guiltily remembering everyone around him is trying to sleep, he takes the other one off much more carefully and quietly puts it on the floor. He then finishes undressing and gets into bed. Just as he is drifting off to sleep, a shout comes from the man in the room below: “Well, drop the other one then! I can’t sleep, waiting for you to drop the other shoe!” This may come from music hall or vaudeville, though it would seem that nobody has been able to tie it down more precisely.   

So, for those waiting for the other shoe to drop…just turn it into a flip-flop and when it drops it won’t hurt or better yet forget the other shoe.  You’ve got two shoes on your feet. Spend time walking somewhere fabulous and anticipate something wonderful in the unexpected.


Change: Welcome to the new IndieFlix website.

Hallelujah we did it!

Change is always a bit of a challenge.  While we crave it, need it and struggle with it, we cannot stop it; so we must embrace it.   Welcome to the new IndieFlix website


The new site is only the tip of the iceberg. We have several roll-outs planned with fun ways to interact with the filmmakers, the content and each other while ultimately contributing to the greater good of the filmmaking community.  Soon you will be able to do things like give films as gifts, create your own branded channels and support filmmakers’ current and future projects. Mostly you will be able to find movies that are engaging, controversial and worth talking about.  We’re going to make this easy for you.  Keep your Netflix account but add IndieFlix. Then you’ll have access to Hollywood content and the world’s favorite independent movies. Plus, you’ll be supporting filmmakers because every minute watched on IndieFlix the filmmaker gets paid.

With more and more films being released every year it’s getting harder and harder to figure out what to watch.  I search and discover to the point of exhaustion and end up watching a re-run of Law & Order.

As our library grows I’m constantly banging my head against the wall trying to figure out how to navigate an ocean of independent movies and answer the number one asked question, “What should I watch?”. After all, Jennifer Lawrence and Johnny Depp aren’t always featured in indie films.  So, to get the ball rolling, we have just launched our new site with an editorial section that will grow a lot over the coming months.  We will feature filmmakers and tell their stories. We’ll point out extremely controversial films where filmmakers risked their lives or spent years to make, and we’ll share some of the most magical, funny and treasured gems in our library.  We want you to know why you should watch these movies, beyond the fact that they have won awards or played at a hundred film festivals.

Think about it…. there are over 50,000 films made every year around the world. Hollywood releases roughly 600 of them in a good year. Yes, there are some serious turds out there but there are also a ton of wonderful films that should be experienced.  We accept about 3-5% of all submissions. Our job is to find the favorite independent movies, shorts, documentaries and web-series in the world and share them with you.

We’re going to be pushing a lot of new functionality out very quickly, so please give us feedback and we’ll do our best to address it as quickly as possible. We are a very small team with BIG aspirations. We are inspired by our industry. We are up for the task. We welcome you to join us!

Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a wonderfully, bumpy ride!

Thank you,

Scilla Andreen

CEO & Co-Founder IndieFlix


Cash for Cannes


Cash was critical at the Cannes film festival, well it’s critical everywhere. But let's just talk about Cannes for a minute.  How much do you really need for the film festival? If you had Euros life was easy you could negotiate taxi’s to t-shirts.  American money was not as easily accepted and credit cards meant you were charged up to 25% more in many places.  But how much cash do you really need?  I made daily visits to my ATM to pull out Euros and then had the task of spending the remainder in the airport at 6am, which by the way only food carts were open.  I boarded the plane with a food baby from the many pain au chocolate.  I reviewed my MINT app which showed how I averaged 50 Euros per day, that's not too bad but it is tight.  I found free espressos, sponsored drinks at gatherings and protein bars everywhere.  Walking saves on taxi's which take too long anyway and meals can be reasonable throughout the city other than in the hotels.  Cannes is doable. Don't think you need a lot of money to go to Cannes. You can be creative and go, so go!  There's no other festival like it in the world.



The Cannes Film Festival is the most prestigious festival in the world. If you love movies you must go just once. There’s no other festival in the world like it.  I actually started speaking and dressing differently. I ate more bread than ever and met incredible people from all over the world.  The festival is one big water cooler moment that runs for about 10 days. Everyone is talking film, from the actors to the money to the distribution and of course the story.  If you love movies you will love Cannes, just don’t stay too long. Too much of a good thing does wear on you.  As much as I loved it and accomplished a lot I am happy to be heading home.  Jusqu'à l'année prochaine!