Articles Tagged Distribution

Beyond a Social Network

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South by Southwest (SXSW) has become a convergence of film, interactive media, and music, as the lines between these media have increasingly blurred. So it’s appropriate that David Dworsky and Victor Köhler’s documentary, Press Play Pause, was chosen for an opening night premiere. The film examines the impact of technology on music and film, and… Read more »

Securing Distribution with Netflix

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By Michelle L. Martin and Katie O’Connell If you want tons of exposure for your film, Netflix—the world’s leading internet subscription service for movies and television—is the place to be. Netflix reaches over 16 million members in the United States and Canada. About a year ago they added 300 on-demand streaming indie films to their… Read more »

Greater Filmmaker Responsibility in the New Documentary Paradigms

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Anyone who cares about documentary filmmaking wants to know: In the current post-financial crisis, insecure-industry environment, how can filmmakers fund projects and reach audiences when traditional distribution models have crumbled…when even established filmmakers can’t secure the kinds of distribution deals, broadcast partnerships or investment/foundation funders they used to rely on? And perhaps more importantly, what… Read more »

Exhibitor FAQ: Emerging Pictures

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With about 70 theatrical venues, Emerging Pictures is the largest network of digital theaters in the country. Existing and burgeoning theaters pay a fee for its servers, which come with hard drives chock full of specialty films, re-issues, mini-festivals and series, and their biggest hits—cultural programming—including opera and ballet. The servers are updated and accessed… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: FilmBuff

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FilmBuff is a digital distribution service provided by Cinetic Rights Management (CRM). Although FilmBuff is less than three years old, its sister company, Cinetic Media, has been a major player in film sales since 2001. Former South by Southwest Film Festival head Matt Dentler left the fest in 2008 to lead marketing and programming operations… Read more »

Exhibitor and Distributor FAQ: Seattle's Northwest Film Forum

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Located in Seattle, the Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) is an invaluable resource for independent filmmakers in the Pacific Northwest, providing production grants and access to equipment and post-production facilities. The Film Forum also boasts a 364-day exhibition calendar of independent films, many of which are hard to come by at other theaters in the region…. Read more »

Funder FAQ: Playboy's Surprising Mission

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Damned in the U.S.A. (1991) Heart of the Matter (1994) In the Family (2008) The Most Dangerous Man in America (2010) The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) When Billy Broke His Head…. And Other Tales of Wonder (1999) What do all these films have in common? If you said they all tackle tough social issues,… Read more »

No Thanks, Take-Back Manifesto

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“Can we get back to talking about movies, please?” So concludes The Take-Back Manifesto, filmmaker/blogger Michael Tully’s biting critique of the growing preoccupation with trendy “connectivity” tools like Twitter in the independent filmmaking community. Rife with jabs at the plethora of panels on social networking and various new media modes of publicity and marketing, the… Read more »

Borat's Aftermath: A Romanian Town Seeks Damages

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I had the pleasure of seeing Carmen Meets Borat at the International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul, and was deeply moved. Carmen tells the story of a young Romanian woman with big dreams but who lives in a poor town. Moviegoers may recall her village, Glod, as a stand-in for Kazakhstan in Sacha Baron Cohen’s… Read more »