Re: [Videolib] videolib Digest, Vol 25, Issue 4

From: Lawrence Daressa <LD@newsreel.org>
Date: Mon Dec 07 2009 - 10:45:00 PST

A Question for Distributors - What Advice Would You Give A Young
Distributor About How to Find A Distributor

I was asked to give a class about this last month for the SF Film
Society. I wrote up a sort of manual and called in "The New/Old World of
Documentary Distribution: A Producer's Guide to Digital Rights
Management." I think the PDF is about 18 pages long. You can find it at:

http://www.moneydrivenmedicine.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=art
icle&id=91

I hope this helps.

Larry

Lawrence Daressa
California Newsreel
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   1. A question for distributors - What advice would you give a
      young filmmaker about how to find a distributor? (Chris Lewis)
   2. Age-Progression Technology Indicates Missing Child A
      Prostitute By Now (cmichael@ithaca.edu)
   3. correction: historic Blockbuster store offers a glimpse of
      how movies were rented (Catherine Michael)
   4. Question on Streaming Collections (pwiener@notes.cc.sunysb.edu)
   5. Re: A question for distributors - What advice would you give
      a young filmmaker about how to find a distributor? (Filmakers
Library)
   6. Re: A question for distributors - What advice would you give
      a young filmmaker about how to find a distributor? (Dennis Doros)

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Message: 1
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 10:29:21 -0500
From: Chris Lewis <clewis@american.edu>
Subject: [Videolib] A question for distributors - What advice would
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Occasionally I hear from filmmaker's asking about how to get their
films distributed. I've heard from three in the past month. I always
suggest festivals as one of the best ways to get noticed and I give
them the names of the distributors I use but I really don't know how a
lot of titles make their way to distributors. If one or more of you
are willing to lend some advice for these up-and-comers it would be
greatly appreciated.

-- 
Chris Lewis
Media Librarian
American University Library
202.885.3257
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Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2009 15:45:01 +0000
From: cmichael@ithaca.edu
Subject: [Videolib] Age-Progression Technology Indicates Missing Child
	A	Prostitute By Now
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cmichael@ithaca.edu recommends a page from The Onion.
The recommended page is: <a
href="http://www.theonion.com/content/video/age_progression_technology?u
tm_source=EMTF_Onion">Age-Progression Technology Indicates Missing Child
A Prostitute By Now</a>
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Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 10:49:05 -0500
From: Catherine Michael <cmichael@ithaca.edu>
Subject: [Videolib] correction: historic Blockbuster store offers a
	glimpse	of how movies were rented
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Sorry folks, this is the Onion video:
http://www.theonion.com/content/video/historic_blockbuster_store_offers
It looks at going to a Blockbuster from an historic perspective.
Should have used the link instead of the email form.
Best,
Cathy
Catherine H. Michael
Communications & Legal Studies Librarian
Ithaca College Library
Gannett Center 1201, 953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY  14850
phone: 607-274-1293
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On Dec 7, 2009, at 10:45 AM, cmichael@ithaca.edu wrote:
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> cmichael@ithaca.edu recommends a page from The Onion.
>
> The recommended page is: Age-Progression Technology Indicates  
> Missing Child A Prostitute By Now
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> acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current  
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Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:07:52 -0500
From: pwiener@notes.cc.sunysb.edu
Subject: [Videolib] Question on Streaming Collections
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Does anyone who has a large circulating video collection have any idea 
what they're going to be doing with these items, or how they are going
to 
build and manage video collections in the future? Is there any 
alternative, given the speed of technological change and the inverse
speed 
of bureaucratic change, to going about this haphazardly?
In only 3-5 years, by my estimation, almost all moving image titles will
be delivered wirelessly. It's not likely libraries, universities or 
professors will be able - or have permission - to digitize and
distribute 
their already-owned media. Whole new licensing and delivery systems will
need to be put in place.
There are many  vendors of streaming video out there, some with free 
services (like PBS Frontline) but they still represent only a tiny 
fraction of titles that exist, and of what specifically may be needed
for 
a specific course. Not to mention feature films, which also enjoy many 
curricular uses....
What will happen?  Is it already happening? Does anyone have any 
experience with this, any plans or guidance?
Are there any academic libraries that offer streaming media of
commercial 
titles (not of their own video productions)?  I know some public
libraries 
do, for members. Do any such vendors even exist - a Netflix for 
institutions?  How do they, or would they, work?
Any feedback will be helpful. Thanks
Paul B. Wiener
Video Librarian
Stony Brook University
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Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:15:17 -0500
From: Filmakers Library <info@filmakers.com>
Subject: Re: [Videolib] A question for distributors - What advice
	would you	give a young filmmaker about how to find a
distributor?
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hi Chris:
We ask that a filmakers of documentaries e-mail Filmakers Library   
with a short summery of the contents including length and age level.   
Then if it looks promising we ask for a screener. We'd be interested  
hearing from the three producers  you mention in your inquiry.
Regards,
Sue
Sue E. Oscar
Filmakers Library
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On Dec 7, 2009, at 10:29 AM, Chris Lewis wrote:
Occasionally I hear from filmmaker's asking about how to get their
films distributed. I've heard from three in the past month. I always
suggest festivals as one of the best ways to get noticed and I give
them the names of the distributors I use but I really don't know how a
lot of titles make their way to distributors. If one or more of you
are willing to lend some advice for these up-and-comers it would be
greatly appreciated.
-- 
Chris Lewis
Media Librarian
American University Library
202.885.3257
Please think twice before printing this e-mail. Remember, paper comes
from trees.
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VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of  
issues relating to the selection, evaluation,  
acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current  
and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It  
is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for  
video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between  
libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and  
distributors.
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Message: 6
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 13:34:53 -0500
From: Dennis Doros <milefilms@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Videolib] A question for distributors - What advice
	would you	give a young filmmaker about how to find a
distributor?
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Chris,
They need to do their research. We get about five emails a week from
filmmakers who want to show us their new horror film. Obviously, that is
neither Milestone's interest or within our capabilities. To successfully
distribute a horror film, you need either a lot of money or a ready
customer
base. The same can be said with a medical documentary or one how to fix
a
motorcycle. You want a distributor who LOVES your film and has the
knowledge
on how to promote and sell it.
So the first thing to do is to figure out what kind of film they have,
what
companies distribute similar films, and how successful they are doing
so.
Find out in advance who is the head of acquisitions (call the company if
you
have to) and write a good letter (without typos or grammatical flaws,
please!) with a well-designed and laid-out package of materials that go
with
it. The letter be addressed to that particular person in charge, should
state why the film would be a good fit for the distributor and how you
admired their release of "______" and think your film has a similar
chance
for success. Flattery helps a lot. Then call up a week later, be
courteous
and professional and offer a screener. Personality will help get your
film
at least screened. And for theatrical releas, it helps to have a
professional, outgoing, well-spoken director -- and distributors look
for
that.
The major film festivals like New York, Cannes, Sundance, Berlin,
Toronto
are important and then the next-tier festivals like Slamdance, South by
Southwest, AFI and IFP (and others including all the great documentary
festivals) are essential as well. Others less so to the point it can
hurt a
film because if it's played too many festivals, then it gives the
distributor the idea that it's either been rejected by other
distributors or
that it's played so much it will be difficult to get audiences. That
could
just be my own opinion, by the way -- I'm not sure it's true for others.
Also, I may be wrong because this is one of the ways for filmmakers to
travel, meet other filmmakers and distributors, and get to know more
people
in the field.  For features, it helps to play them if you can get
reviewed
in Variety, Hollywood Reporter and/or Screen Daily.
And don't be too offended by rejections!!! For one thing, a lot of
distributors are small and may have too many films at the moment
already. We
only do two to four films a year, for example. If rejected, you should
write
an extremely nice letter or note saying that if they change their mind,
you
would love to work with them if not on this one then on the next film.
You
don't want to make enemies. (We do talk amongst ourselves and we are
quick
to mention the directors we love to work with and the horror stories of
those otherwise!)
Best,
Dennis
On Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 10:29 AM, Chris Lewis <clewis@american.edu>
wrote:
> Occasionally I hear from filmmaker's asking about how to get their
> films distributed. I've heard from three in the past month. I always
> suggest festivals as one of the best ways to get noticed and I give
> them the names of the distributors I use but I really don't know how a
> lot of titles make their way to distributors. If one or more of you
> are willing to lend some advice for these up-and-comers it would be
> greatly appreciated.
>
> --
> Chris Lewis
> Media Librarian
> American University Library
> 202.885.3257
>
> Please think twice before printing this e-mail. Remember, paper comes
> from trees.
>
> And Soylent Green? Well, you should know where that comes from.
>
> VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of
issues
> relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic
control,
> preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in
libraries and
> related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an
effective
> working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of
communication
> between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and
> distributors.
>
-- 
Best,
Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video/Milliarium Zero
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640
Phone: 201-767-3117
Fax: 201-767-3035
email: milefilms@gmail.com
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