Author: Lissa Gibbs

Lissa Gibbs was a contributing editor to The Independent and former Film Arts Foundation Fest director.


Articles Written by Lissa Gibbs:

New Video/Docurama

What is New Video? New Video is an entertainment, marketing, and sales company specializing in bringing documentaries, feature films, and classic television to home video and DVD. Our claim to fame is the A&E and History Channel home video lines. With these networks we have released over 2,000 videos, including Monty Python’s Flying Circus and… Read more »

Cowboy Booking

What is Cowboy Booking? Cowboy Booking International is a distributor, a distribution partner for producers, a booking agency for international festivals, and a programmer and film buyer for specialized calendar houses. What’s the difference between a distributor and a booking agency? We play both roles. We are a full-service distributor with films like West Beirut,… Read more »

Phaedra Cinema

What is Phaedra Cinema? We are an theatrical distributor of independent films—both arthouse films and multiplex fare. Who is Phaedra? Gregory Hatanaka, president & CEO; Roseann Cherenson, executive vice president; Taka Arai, Snr. VP co-productions and creative services; and Steven Slome, manager, theatrical sales. Total number of employees: Six. How, when, and why did Phaedra… Read more »

California Newsreel

California Newsreel, 149 Ninth St., #420, San Francisco, CA 94103; (415) 621-6196; fax: 621-6255; contact@newsreel.org; www.newsreel.org; Contact: Lawrence Daressa, Director of Acquisitions What is California Newsreel? Along with Third World Newsreel, we are the oldest nonprofit media distributor in the United States. Who is Newsreel? Our principal directors are Lawrence Adelman, Lawrence Daressa, and Cornelius… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Strand Releasing

What is Strand Releasing? Strand is an independent entertainment company specializing in the distribution of quality, review-, and festival-driven motion pictures. Who is Strand? Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu, co-presidents; Gail Blumenthal, V.P. distribution; Rajeev Malhotra, manager, sales and booking; Giovana Driussi, director of acquisitions; and Victor Syrmis, co-president, Strand/New Oz Productions. Total number of… Read more »

Strand Releasing

What is Strand Releasing? Strand is an independent entertainment company specializing in the distribution of quality, review-, and festival-driven motion pictures. Who is Strand? Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu, co-presidents; Gail Blumenthal, V.P. distribution; Rajeev Malhotra, manager, sales and booking; Giovana Driussi, director of acquisitions; and Victor Syrmis, co-president, Strand/New Oz Productions. Total number of… Read more »

Getting To Know Lisanne Skyler

Lisanne Skyler has been pretty busy lately. Between trips to European film festivals with her first narrative feature, Getting to Know You, and a move into a new apartment in Los Angeles, she’s also been cranking away on an edit of a new feature-length documentary. Finding time to talk in person about the path leading… Read more »

Distributor Profile: Shadow Distribution

What is Shadow Distribution? Shadow is a small distribution company specializing in hand-crafted releases of specialized films. Who is Shadow? Ken Eisen, president; Alan Sanborn, vice president; Sam Sanborn, vice president, Promotion & Publicity. Total number of employees: Six. How, when, and why did Shadow come into being? Shadow was founded by the co-directors of… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Atomfilms.com

What is AtomFilms.com? Atom is a next generation entertainment company that specializes in the best short films and animations from all over the world. It’s the coolest place for consumers to see up-and-coming and established artists. Why do you consider yourselves distributors? We actually consider ourselves marketers and entertainment innovators, but we do license content… Read more »

ATOMFILMS.com

What is AtomFilms.com? Atom is a next generation entertainment company that specializes in the best short films and animation from all over the world. It’s the coolest place for consumers to see up-and-coming and established artists. Why do you consider yourselves distributors? We actually consider ourselves marketers and entertainment innovators, but we do license content… Read more »