Articles Tagged Distribution

Promoting your film

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Dear Doc Doctor: All I can afford in terms of marketing my documentary is my Internet connection and email account. What’s the best way to use them? There was a time when nobody had an Internet connection. Spam was just canned meat and attachment was mostly used to describe a bond of affection. Ah! Remember… Read more »

The Subtle Art of Awareness

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When Jim de Sève began working on his documentary, Tying the Knot, four years ago, it was a small, personal film. He had fallen in love with Kian Tjong and both men wanted Tjong, an Indonesian immigrant, to stay in New York. Had they been a straight couple, says de Sève, they would have married… Read more »

Networking 101

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Everyone knows the value of networking, right? It can get you a job, it can get you a great DP, it can get your film into the hands of a first-rate distributor. The right network can even get your movie an audience—if you’re producer Gill Holland. Holland himself was an important part of the promotion… Read more »

Beer at Sundance

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The subject of producers’ reps—who they are and what they do—is one that a lot of us find confusing. And yet, most films that secure distribution during festivals, especially in recent years, have done so through the help of a producers’ rep. I decided it would be both useful and important as a filmmaker to… Read more »

Funder FAQ: Sundance Institute Documentary Program

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What is the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund? It’s a fund to support documentaries in the US and internationally that deal with contemporary human rights issues, social justice, civil liberties, and freedom of expression. It used to be the Soros Documentary Fund. How long has the fund been with Sundance? It’s been here for two years…. Read more »

Funder FAQ The Standby Program

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What is Standby? It’s a nonprofit media arts service organization that has been in existence since 1983. We provide post-production services to artists and nonprofits, provide technical consultation, and do publications to serve the media arts field. Why did Standby start? Basically, it was a small group of artists/editors who started the whole thing. It… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Wellspring Media

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What is Wellspring Media? Lidell: It’s one of the only independent film distributors that has the capacity to distribute theatrically, on television, domestically, internationally, and on home video. It’s the successor company to Winstar and Fox Lorber. Guirgis: We also have a department that co-produces documentaries between acquisitions and international sales, so basically we raise… Read more »

Funder FAQ: GreeneStreet Films

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What is GreeneStreet Films? GreeneStreet Films is a production and finance company. We mostly concentrate on films, but we do a little television as well. When did GreeneStreet Films start? It was begun in 1996 by John Penotti and Fisher Stevens. They both were interested in starting a company that could support artists who have… Read more »

Q&A with Milos Stehlik of Facets Multi-Media

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What is Facets? Facets Multi-Media is an arts organization based in Chicago, Illinois. We also have the world’s largest and most unique collection of foreign, classic American, independent, experimental, documentary, cult, fine arts, and children’s videos and DVD’s. The Facets collection represents over fifty thousand individual titles. In addition we also do Facets Cinematheque, an… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Facets Multi-Media

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What is Facets? Facets Multi-Media is an arts organization based in Chicago, Illinois. We also have the world’s largest and most unique collection of foreign, classic American, independent, experimental, documentary, cult, fine arts, and children’s videos and DVD’s. The Facets collection represents over fifty thousand individual titles. In addition we also do Facets Cinematheque, an… Read more »