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

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2011-01-01
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At a time when competition for movie screen time has never been more difficult, Independent Film Distribution offers an insider's guide to understanding how the distribution side of the motion picture industry operates while detailing strategies for filmmakers seeking to position their work into theatrical and home entertainment channels.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
A Brief and Potentially Disturbing Overview of the State of Independent Film in Americap. 1
Independent Film 101p. 3
Outsiders Fighting Backp. 6
Interview: Rich Curnutte, Editor, The Film Journalp. 18
Different Voices: Outsiders on a Celluloid Platformp. 25
The View from Today: Who Is Distributor Movies?p. 32
Interview: Gregory Hatanaka, Distributor/Filmmakerp. 34
Listen to What the Man Saysp. 42
Before you Even Think of Contacting a Distributorp. 45
Ask Yourself: Is this Film Really Good Enough for Release?p. 46
Which Distributor Are you Considering?p. 47
Are All of the Elements in Place?p. 48
The Passover Principlep. 53
The Press Kitp. 55
The Websitep. 57
Interview: Eric Robichaud, CEO, 401 Consultingp. 59
Making COntactp. 67
How to Respond If You Get a Contract Offerp. 68
How to Deal with Rejectionp. 71
Interview: Bilge Ebiri, Film Critic/Filmmakerp. 73
Listen to What the Man Saysp. 80
It's Not What You Know, butp. 83
Interview: Eric Byler, Filmmakerp. 87
The Producer's Repp. 96
The Publicistp. 99
Interview: Sasha Berman, Film Publicist/Marketing Specialistp. 101
The Mediap. 105
Professional Resourcesp. 111
The Lawyerp. 117
The Someone Who Knows Someone Who...p. 118
But Then Again...p. 119
Interview: Albert Lai, Partner and COO, Matson Filmsp. 120
Listen to What the Man Saysp. 125
The Hard and Bitter Truth about Festivalsp. 127
The View from Yesterdayp. 127
The View from Todayp. 130
Interview: Ryan Dacko, Filmmaker/ Authorp. 132
Are Festivals Worth the Bother?p. 141
Interview: Christian de Rezendes, Filmmakerp. 147
The New Festival Paradigmp. 158
Interview: Mark Doyle and Bruno Derlin, Festival Programmers, Visionfestp. 164
Listen to What the Man Saysp. 170
So you Think You Can Do a Better Job Than Miramax?p. 173
Interview: Arthur Dong, Filmmakerp. 173
The Self-Distribution Pioneersp. 178
Interviews: Andrew Repasky McElhinney, Filmmakerp. 184
A Few Basic Factsp. 192
Self-Distirbution War Storiesp. 195
The Service Deal Solutionp. 203
To Four-Wall or Not to Four-Wall?p. 206
Opportunity Knockingp. 210
Interview: Nick Day and Maurizio Benazza, Filmmakersp. 212
Listen to What the Man Saysp. 218
Is "Direct-to-Video" Synonymous with Failure?p. 221
DTV, Yesterday and Todayp. 223
Interview: Doug Pratt, Author, Doug Pratt's DVDp. 227
Online Sales Successp. 231
Doing the Nontheatrical Circuitp. 239
Selected Movie, Coming Upp. 243
Interview: Michael Legge, Filmmakerp. 244
Listen to What the Man Saysp. 253
Using the Internet to Call Attention to Your Filmsp. 255
Bloggingp. 256
Twitterp. 257
MySpace and Facebookp. 259
Wikipediap. 261
Internet Movie Databasep. 266
Online Video Sitesp. 270
Interview: James L. Hennessy Jr., Public Relations/Marketing Expertp. 274
Listen to What the Man Saysp. 280
Who's who, Where They are, and What They are Looking forp. 283
Interview: Mark Cuban, Producer/Distributorp. 283
The State of Film Distribution, as ofTodayp. 286
Interview. Andrew Gernhard, Producer/Distributorp. 307
Listen to What the Man Saysp. 312
The Final Wordp. 313
About the Authorp. 325
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