Funder FAQ: Soros Documentary Fund

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What is the Open Society Institute and what is your relationship to it? The Soros Documentary Fund (SDF) is a program of the Open Society Institute (OSI). It is one of many programs that operate under OSI and are funded by philanthropist George Soros. OSI is a private operating and grantmaking foundation that seeks to… Read more »

Funder FAQ: Experimental Television Center

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When and why did the Experimental Television Center (ETC) come into being? ETC was founded in 1971, an outgrowth of a media access program established by Ralph Hocking at Binghamton University in 1969. The center’s original programs involved individuals from the arts, education, and regional community in activities that included access to portable video equipment… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Stratosphere Entertainment

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What is Stratosphere? We’re a new theatrical motion picture distribution company based in New York City. Who is Stratosphere? Founded by investor Carl Icahn and former film professor Paul E. Cohen, it is currently run by Richard Abramowitz. Total number of employees: 15. When did Stratosphere come into being? In the fall of 1997. Driving… Read more »

Funder FAQ: Creative Capital Foundation

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What is the Creative Capital Foundation? Creative Capital is a new national organization that will manage a revolving tax-exempt fund designed to support artists who are pursuing innovative, experimental approaches to form and/or content in the visual, performing, and media arts. How, when, and why did Creative Capital come into being? All kinds of developments… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: First Run/Icarus Films, Inc

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What is First Run/Icarus? First Run/Icarus Films is one of the leading distributors of documentary film and video in the U.S. and Canada. What is First Run/Icarus’ relationship to other arms of First Run? I would not say that First Run/Icarus Films, Inc. is an arm of First Run Features. It is a separate corporation… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Fox Lorber

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What is Fox Lorber? A leading distributor of specialty programming to the worldwide home video, theatrical, and television marketplaces, Fox Lorber Associates’ products include foreign and arthouse films, as well as documentaries and other entertainment programs. Who is Fox Lorber? Richard Lorber, Pres & CEO; Krysanne Katsoolis, Sr. VP, Acquisitions; Sheri Levine, Exec VP, International;… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Third World Newsreel

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What is Third World Newsreel? Third World Newsreel is a nonprofit, multicultural media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation, and dissemination of independent film and video made by and about people of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, and social justice media. This includes distribution, production, training, programming, and exhibition services which reach local,… Read more »