I would like to commend FanLight for speaking out for the small distributor.
The Cinema Guild like FanLight distributes hundreds of titles which range
from the very specialized health title to the more popular social commentary
title or narrative. We stay precariously afloat while not only covering our
operating costs but also paying out a percentage of our gross to independent
filmmakers. Companies like Orion, Disney etc. usually don't even look at our
filmmaker's product so without the small independent distributors you will be
left with lots of cheap "pop" culture dada. I also think there needs to be a
forum where we discuss all of these animosities that seem to be around
against the distibutors. I and all of my colleagues at The Cinema Guild are
personally in this business to bring quality, educational, entertaining
materiel to the public. With this in mind we have a two tiered policy that is
always in place and we try to offer discounts whenever possible. Even though
this means explaining low royalties to starving independent filmmakers!!
Marlene Graham(aka Afua Kafi-Akua)
The Cinema Guild