From Distribution to Sustainability: Four Doc Filmmaker Case Studies

Hybrid. DIY. ‘Direct-to-Fan’. Much has been discussed about the “new model” of film distribution and marketing over the past five years that puts distribution directly in the hands of filmmakers. But are filmmakers achieving their goals with this model or is it all a smokescreen? What are some of major paths being used by filmmakers? Can you carry an audience from one film to the next? Are filmmakers branding themselves and to what longterm benefit? And, most important, are filmmakers able to use this model successfully to achieve career sustainability… and how?

With filmmaker and distribution expert Jon Reiss leading the way, take a deep dive into the brave new world of distribution as he explores four fresh case studies and interviews the filmmakers themselves about their direct experience with a range of distribution models.

Presenting filmmakers: Neil Berkeley, (Beauty is Embarrassing); Jon Betz (Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?); Judy Chaikin (The Girls in the Band); Paco de Onis (Granito). Moderator: Jon Reiss

Career Distribution
Location: Pickford - Linwood Dunn Date: October 2, 2014 Time: 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Jon Reiss Neil Berkeley Jon Betz Judy Chaikin Paco de Onis