Articles Tagged Distribution

Distributor FAQ: Vanessa Domico of Outcast Films

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Vanessa Domico was tired of seeing too few LGBT films, so she drew on her expertise as a film distributor and founded Outcast Films. Outcast Films focuses on politically-charged issues like gay marriage and meth addiction, to intimate explorations of sexual identity and self-acceptance. Since its founding in November 2004 and public launch the following… Read more »

Making the Decision to Re-Release

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In 1981, filmmakers Carolyn Strachan and Alessandro Cavadini received acclaim for Two Laws/Kanymardra Yuwa, a documentary about the struggle for Aboriginal groups from the Northern Territory to live within both their own and Australian law. Screenings in Australia, including at the Sydney Opera house and throughout Europe, eventually brought Strachan to the United States for… Read more »

Distribution by Wal-Mart

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Jeremy Dean found a dusty VHS tape tucked away in the basement of a historical society and was captivated by its the black and white footage of the civil rights struggle. “As I sat alone watching Dr. King speaking to a packed church and the demonstrators fearlessly marching for freedom, it became a key that… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Talking to Oli Harbottle of Dogwoof Pictures

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Already a successful London-based distribution company, Dogwoof has launched its own DVD store, an independent distribution site called Dogwoof Indie (which allows filmmakers to keep all rights to their film), and Dogwoof TV, a platform that brings independent movies from the web to the television (in conjunction with blinkx BBTV). Oli Harbottle, the release coordinator… Read more »

The Transformation of Television

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Joost, Hulu and boxee – one thing is for sure, names like the American Broadcasting Company (aka ABC) are a thing of the past. Instead, the future of broadcasting is filled with silly-named companies that aim to overthrow your idea of television. I must disclose my bias – this past summer my husband and I… Read more »

Download This: The Future of Distribution is Just a Click Away

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Video blogs, vodcasts, YouTube — in many ways it seems that independent filmmakers have taken the internet by force.  But what about independent films picked up for distribution?  In many cases, they are notably missing from the online arena.  Companies like Zipporah Films, Women Make Movies and Davidson Films still stick with their tried-and-true model… Read more »

The DVD Isn’t Dead… At Least Not Yet

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With a call for shorts for Independent Exposure 2008 open through the end of the month, The Independent wanted to talk strictly shorts with Microcinema’s founder, Patrick Kwiatkowski. But when the inevitable question of the future of distribution came up, Kwiatkowski made it clear: He still believes in DVDs and he thinks indies should, too…. Read more »

Distributor Q&A: Wolfe Releasing

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A lot has changed since 1985, when Kathy Wolfe started Wolfe Releasing in order to distribute lesbian films on video.  For one thing, 20 years ago, the acronym LGBT—which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender—didn’t even exist.  And words like "gay" and "queer" were still derogatory, not yet taken on as proud emblems.  So… Read more »

Toward a Post-Theatre Age

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For years, the holy grail of independent distribution was Miramax. Then mid-sized companies like ThinkFilm, Magnolia Pictures, and IFC Films emerged around the millennium, while mini-majors such as Sony Classics formed to compete with the Weinsteins. Meanwhile, smaller, mom-and-pop operations, trusted for their integrity—Kino, New Yorker, and Zietgeist—inhabited a less flashy, but still important place… Read more »

PRESS PLAY

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It was while Matthew Jones was seeking cast and crew for his film projects at Columbia College that he realized the need for a “a distribution outlet for our work along with a network to recruit from.” So he built Upressplay.com. The site includes uCrew—a group of writers, directors, cinematographers, sound designers, and actors, many… Read more »