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“Indie film is not about community or culture – it is more about business and success than ever before. This is where I let my gray hair (what’s left of it) show. The folks in this business generally forget that we are first and foremost a community. We could be [...]
In the words of playwright Theresa Rebeck (from a talk she gave in 2010, reprinted in Women & Hollywood) : ‘It’s time to hear both sides, to hear all voices, to build a culture where stories are told by both men and women. That is the way the planet is going to survive, and it’s the way we are going to survive.’ So, how can we build that culture? Where do we start? I will list a few options to start with, and I’m inviting you to suggest more: [...]
6 CRITERIA FOR DISTRIBUTION PARTNERS
Find distributors who are effective and honest. They should have track records that demonstrate this as well as raves from other filmmakers who have worked with them.
Find distributors who are flexible and will help you to implement your customized distribution strategy rather than requiring you to fit into a one-size-fits-all approach to distribution
Find distributors who are willing and able to be partners. Some companies are only interested in being masters. [...]
Over the past years I directed two no(?)-micro(?)-low(?)-budget (what’s the latest on who qualifies?) features and a dozen short films and almost every time I held open community meetings seeking the public’s support. I didn’t think this was anything special but the producers on Free in Deed asked me to describe the rationale for running ‘Open Call Info Sessions’ to the community on low-budget projects instead of traditional ‘closed-door auditions’.
The other day I did it a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). I managed to answer every question. There were a lot of them. You can find all the answers here. They run the spectrum from favorite color and what I like about being a CEO to how I got started, whacky experiences, and the future of the film business. Please check it out.
If you need a quick fix, here’s how I got started: [...]
Identify the main distribution avenues in North America and overseas. In the United States there are ten:
semi-theatrical (single special event screenings on a campus, in a museum, or at a theater)
direct DVD (from the filmmaker’s website)
retail digital (iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, etc.)
direct digital (downloads and streams from the filmmaker’s website)
Overseas, the main avenues are television and digital, with limited potential for theatrical and DVD distribution. [...]
I never had a day like yesterday. It was the first time I ever did a full day of publicity. I started at Columbia University talking about producing to the first year grad film students. From there I went to HuffPostLive and Ricky C show. Check it out:
I lingered there afterwards so I could [...]
Bet you didn’t know I was responsible for this summer’s biggest box office hit. Yup. Guardians Of The Galaxy: I am responsible for that.
And if you were in Zurich for their film festival, you might have gotten some excellent advice on how to make award winning films. It may have seemed like Nicholas Chartier was giving the speech, but […]
In reviewing my book, Nick DeMartino captures a great deal of what I am feeling these days. I think we can move things forward and build it better together. Nick spots how my love of cinema drew us forward and then how that same love drew me away from a focus on project producing.
“At a certain point, living an […]
I hope film fans everywhere find my book and dig it. It is so hard to get the word out that I am particularly grateful whenever anyone writes something good about the book. Evidently it makes a huge difference when someone posts a five-star Amazon review. Hopefully those of you who read this blog and recognize how much effort has […]