Independent Film Distribution - 2nd edition: How to Make a Successful End Run Around the Big Guys

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This new updated edition provides a wide range of interviews with filmmakers, distributors, festival programmers, marketing experts, and critics. Independent Film Distribution takes the reader deep into the process of positioning a film for distribution. Unique case studies and exclusive commentary from the top names in independent cinema – including Mark Cuban, Hal Hartley, Bill Plympton, Liz Garbus, and Arthur Dong – help provide a hands-on approach to the subject.

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Overview

This new updated edition provides a wide range of interviews with filmmakers, distributors, festival programmers, marketing experts, and critics. Independent Film Distribution takes the reader deep into the process of positioning a film for distribution. Unique case studies and exclusive commentary from the top names in independent cinema – including Mark Cuban, Hal Hartley, Bill Plympton, Liz Garbus, and Arthur Dong – help provide a hands-on approach to the subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932907858
  • Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 378
  • Sales rank: 949,883
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

With a quarter-century of experience in the film business, Phil Hall has been recognized for his work as a journalist, publicist, festival programmer, lecturer, and historian. He is the author of five books, including the acclaimed The History of Independent Cinema, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wired Magazine and Film Threat.

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Foreword by Keith Gordon, Filmmaker

1 | A Brief and Potentially Disturbing Overview of the State of Independent Film in America

            Independent Film 101

            Outsiders Fighting Back

            Interview: Rick Curnutte, Editor, The Film Journal

            Different Voices: Outsiders on a Celluloid Platform

            The View from Today: Who Is Distributing Movies?

            Interview: Gregory Hatanaka, Distributor/Filmmaker

            Listen to What the Man Says

2 | Before You Even Think of Contacting a Distributor Ask Yourself: Is This Film Really Good Enough for Release?

            Which Distributor Are You Considering?

            Are All of the Elements in Place?

            The Passover Principle

            The Press Kit

            The Website

            Interview: Eric Robichaud, CEO, 401 Consulting

            Making Contact

            How to Respond If You Get a Contract Offer

            How to Deal with Rejection

            Interview: Bilge Ebiri, Film Critic/Filmmaker

            Listen to What the Man Says

3 | It’s Not What You Know, But...

            Interview: Eric Byler, Filmmaker

            The Producer’s Rep

            The Publicist

            Interview: Sasha Berman, Film Publicist/Marketing Specialist

            The Media

            Professional Resources

            The Lawyer

            The Someone Who Knows Someone Who

            But Then Again

            Interview: Albert Lai, Partner and COO, Matson Films

Listen to What the Man Says

4 | The Hard and Bitter Truth About Festivals

            The View from Yesterday

            The View from Today

            Interview: Ryan Dacko, Filmmaker/Author

            Are Festivals Worth the Bother?

            Interview: Christian de Rezendes, Filmmaker

            The New Festival Paradigm

            Interview: Mark Doyle and Bruno Derlin, Festival Programmers, Visionfest

            Listen to What the Man Says

5 | So You Think You Can Do a Better Job than Miramax?

            Interview: Arthur Dong, Filmmaker

            The Self-Distribution Pioneers

            Interview: Andrew Repasky McElhinney, Filmmaker

            A Few Basic Facts

            Self-Distribution War Stories

            The Service Deal Solution

            To Four-Wall or Not to Four-Wall?

            Opportunity Knocking

            Interview: Nick Day and Maurizio Benazzo, Filmmakers

            Listen to What the Man Says

6 | Is “Direct-to-Video” Synonymous with Failure?

            DTV, Yesterday and Today

            Interview: Doug Pratt, Author, Doug Pratt’s DVD

            Online Sales Success

            Doing the Nontheatrical Circuit

            Selected Movie, Coming Up

            Interview: Michael Legge, Filmmaker

            Listen to What the Man Says

7 | Using the Internet to Call Attention to Your Films

            Blogging

            Twitter

            MySpace and Facebook

            Wikipedia

            Internet Movie Database

            Online Video Sites

            Interview: James L. Hennessy Jr., Public Relations/Marketing Expert

            Listen to What the Man Says

8 | Who’s Who, Where They Are, and What They Are Looking For

            Interview: Mark Cuban, Producer/Distributor

            The State of Film Distribution as of Today

            Interview: Andrew Gernhard, Producer/Distributor

            Listen to What the Man Says

The Final Word

About the Author

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