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NEW Film Distribution Panel Discussion

Allen Chou

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 6:15 PM to 8:45 PM (EDT)

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Meet the distributors & learn their acquisition interests and release strategies in this NEW expert panel discussion moderated by film distribution executive Allen Chou.  


Join us in this exclusive event to discuss:

- How to find the best distributors for your film

- What are distributors looking for?  What's a deal-breaker?

- How can a producer’s rep or sales agent help you?

- How to use film festivals to get distribution for your film

- Why social media marketing for your film is important!

- Strategies for theatrical releases

- DVD distribution: Are retailers dying or dead?  Who's buying?

- Digital delivery with Netflix, Itunes, Hulu, & VOD

- Educational distribution & non-theatrical exhibition 

- Collapsing release windows for theatrical, broadcast, DVD, digital & educational

- The Pro's & Con's of DIY distribution:  When should you start? 

- Sales Projections, Sales Predictions, or Sales Speculations:  The fine line is blurred. 

 

Panelists include:

 

Greg Rhem, Director- HBO Documentary Films: http://www.hbo.com

Greg Rhem is Director of Documentary Programming for Home Box Office.  For the past fifteen years, he's been involved in discovering new and distinctive documentary programming for HBO Documentary Films. 

Some of his finds have been: the Oscar®-winning Freeheld, Born Into Brothels, Thoth, Murder on a Sunday Morning, and Breathing Lessons; Oscar®-nominated The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner, Spellbound, The Collector of Bedford Street; the critically-acclaimed They Killed Sister Dorothy, Billy the Kid, Watermarks and The Smashing Machine.

Before joining HBO Documentaries in 1995 as executive assistant to Sheila Nevins, Mr. Rhem served as an Assistant Producer of Commercials and Industrials for Morrison Media, Inc.  Prior to that, he was an Assistant Coordinator, Office Operations at New Line Cinema.

Mr. Rhem holds a M.A. in Media Studies from the New School University, and a B.A. degree in English and Film Studies from the University of Rochester.

 

Meredith Miller, Icarus Films: http://icarusfilms.com

Meredith Miller is the Sales Director for Icarus Films, a Brooklyn based film distributor that specializes in social, political, and historical documentaries from around the world. Icarus Films has been a leading distributor in the educational market for over 30 years, with a collection of over 750 documentaries. Meredith manages existing relationships with all major college & university institutions, as well as the more recent consumer collection, Icarus Films Home Video.  Recent releases include Academy Award-nominated Rabbit à la Berlin  and The Battle of Chile.  Meredith is currently pursuing a graduate studies in International Affairs at The New School.

 

Caitlin Boyle, Film Sprout: http://www.filmsprout.org

Caitlin is the founder of Film Sprout and the architect of grassroots and community screening campaigns for independent documentaries, including the award-winning features KING CORN, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, THE END OF THE LINE, and A SMALL ACT. In addition to consulting with filmmakers seeking motivated public audiences for their films, Film Sprout launches full-scale grassroots distribution campaigns that bring issue-oriented films beyond traditional cinemas and into universities, churches, non-profits, and more. By cultivating new audiences and seeking out novel venues for the films they watch, Film Sprout combines distribution and advocacy goals to grow audiences, earn revenue, and contribute to social change--all at once.

Michael Tuckman, mTuckman Media, Inc:

A veteran of the independent film industry for nearly fifteen years, Michael Tuckman began his career at The Cinema Guild, where he was hired to start the company's theatrical distribution division. He served as Director of Feature Distribution for nearly four years, releasing films including THE INTERVIEW and A LOVE DIVIDED, each of which played in over 100 theaters nationwide. Tuckman also secured retail home video distribution and domestic and foreign television deals for these and other titles while overseeing the feature film acquisitions process as well.

Tuckman went on to serve as the Vice President of Theatrical Sales for THINKFilm, where he was one of the original executives and remained with the company for over seven years. At THINKFilm, he was responsible for the planning and implementation of all theatrical release strategies, including the breakout successes of Oscar-winning and nominated films including SPELLBOUND, BORN INTO BROTHELS, TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE and MURDERBALL as well as the box office smashes THE ARISTOCRATS, BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOUR'RE DEAD and THEN SHE FOUND ME. Throughout his tenure there he was the only salesperson on staff, handling 250-300 print releases and bringing in an average of $10-$15 million in box office per year.

After THINKFilm closed their New York offices, Tuckman held a similar position at Senator Distribution, directing and overseeing the 500 print release of THE INFORMERS, before going on to open his own distribution services company, mTuckman Media, Inc. At his current venture, he provides theatrical booking services to independent film distributors including Paladin, Elephant Eye, Variance and Entertainment One, while also releasing films directly with filmmakers under their own banner. Most notably, he handled the Zipporah Films release of Frederick Wiseman's LA DANSE: THE PARIS OPERA BALLET, bringing the film to nearly 150 theaters across the country and accumulating a gross of upwards of $600,000 - all on a spend at just a fraction of that number. Upcoming and current projects for mTuckman Media include the releases of Elephant Eye's PRINCE OF BROADWAY (in theaters now),  Paladin's DOUCHEBAG (opens October 1) and Zipporah Films next title from Frederick Wiseman, BOXING GYM, which opens at the IFC Center in New York on October 22 before expanding to theaters nationwide.

 

Andrew Mer, SnagFilms: http://www.snagfilms.com

Andrew Mer is VP of Content Parterships for SnagFilms and has been instrumental in building the SnagFilms library of over 1500 documentary films.   SnagFilms library consists of single titles from individual filmmakers and producers to multiple titles from many of the most widely known and respected distributors, aggregators, and broadcasters including, Virgil Films & Entertainment, E1, Alive Mind, Cactus Three, PBS, ITVS, Sundance Channel, Cinetic Rights Management, IndiePix, and Lionsgate.

Andrew Mer has been an independent consultant to the film industry in development and acquisitions. His most recent client was AOL where he served as chief acquisitions consultant for AOL True Stories, an all-documentary broadband platform. Andrew helped build and develop AOL True Stories’ slate of documentary films beginning with its launch slate.

Previously, Elixir Films engaged Andrew to head its creative development efforts.

At Elixir he was responsible for developing all film and TV projects as well as scouting for new creative talent and project opportunities. Elixir Films' credits include the international non-fiction television series Long Way Round with Ewan McGregor. Before entering the film world Mr. Mer worked in the art world as a fine arts insurance broker and consultant. Andrew Mer is an attorney who lives and works in NYC.

 

Josh Green, Emerging Pictures: http://emergingpictures.com

Green currently serves as the VP, Distribution for NY-based Emerging Pictures.  Green is responsible for securing new exhibition venues for Emerging’s digital cinema network, now at more than 80 locations in the US, and managing marketing efforts for the network.  Green further coordinates the distribution campaigns for exclusive HD programming playing at EP venues including independent and classic films, cultural programs like operas and ballets, and other special events.  During Emerging’s early years when the company engaged in the representation business, Green acted as a sales agent/producer’s rep to secure third party distribution for completed films.  Green also managed Emerging’s for-hire theatrical and DVD distribution business while it was in existence, coordinating campaigns for films including John Sayles’ Honeydripper.  All in, Green has had an agency or direct distribution role on more than 50 films.  As far as Green’s producorial activities, he associate produced Sona Jain’s For Real and Ann Hu’s Beauty Remains.  He recently executive produced Kief Davidson’s acclaimed IFC Films documentary Kassim the Dream released in 2009 and is currently executive producing documentaries on the rock band Journey and rap pioneers, The Sugar Hill Gang.  Green is also a partner in NY-based production company, Game 7 Films, which is in development on several narrative features.  Green is a frequent speaker at film industry panels, workshops and other festival events. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

 

Mat Levy, Passion River Films: http://www.passionriver.com

Mat Levy is the Manager of Acquisitions and Marketing for Passion River Films, a NJ based film distribution company that releases documentaries, art house films, & special interest titles to theaters, VOD, home video, libraries & colleges. Mat attends all major worldwide festivals and acquires films for academic and consumer markets.  His DVD releases have sold to public and academic libraries; as well as major retail outlets such as: Netflix, Blockbuster Video, Best Buy, Target, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Wal-Mart, Military bases, Supermarkets, and more... Mat has worked with award winning titles such as “The Rape of Europa”, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”, and “A Powerful Noise”. His next major DVD release will be the hit comedy “Calvin Marshall” starring Steve Zahn. Mr. Levy holds a degree from the University of Hartford with a BA in Cinema Studies.

 

Richard Ross, Breaking Glass Pictures: http://www.breakingglasspictures.com

Richard has been involved in the entertainment field for over 25 years. He has worked for Sony and Republic Pictures, but has for the most part remained in the world of independent film distribution. Ten years ago, he started TLA Releasing and was at the helm for their successful US and UK launch. Last year, he started his own company, Breaking Glass Pictures (named after an obscure Bowie song) with business partner Richard Wolff. The company just celebrated their first year anniversary.


Danny Costa, DeLarge: http://www.delargefilms.com

Danny Costa currently runs DeLarge as it's principal. Under the DeLarge banner, Danny offers consulting services running the gamut from film festival strategy, film sales and negotiation to rights management, monetizing content, content acquisitions and business development. 

Clients range from independent filmmakers like Damien Chazelle (Tribeca alum "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench," releasing to theaters this November ) Andrew Bowser (SXSW alum "Jimmy Tupper VS. The Goatman of Bowie") and Gary Lundgren ("Calvin Marshall," recently released to theaters) to multinational distributors, aggregators and information providers like The Orchard, Inc.--which delivers content to digital retailer, ipTV, mobile, and proprietary systems worldwide--as well as Gracenote (formelry CDDB) which aggregates data and information related to video and film content in an effort to offer distributors better tools to increase  packaged media and/or digital content sales.

Danny's background prior to founding DeLarge includes working in theatrical & ancillary film distribution in NYC; past positions include managing operations at The Cinema Guild, a leading distributor of independent documentary and narrative feature films, where he played an integral part in the acquisition of cult filmmaker Andrew Bujalski's latest feature, “Beeswax,” as well as contributing to the acquisitions of numerous socially-conscious documentaries for distribution to non-theatrical and ancillary markets. Danny holds a B.S. Television & Film from Boston University's College of Communications. 

 

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Post FactoryNY
233 Spring Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 6:15 PM to 8:45 PM (EDT)


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Allen Chou

Allen Chou is President of Passion River Films, a NJ based film distribution company that distributes documentaries, art house films, & special interest titles to theaters, VOD, home video, libraries & colleges. With a diverse catalog of films that have been official selections in major film festivals, along with producers and directors that have been nominated or won Academy Awards, Allen has placed titles into retail stores such as: Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, Movie Gallery, Borders, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, & Walmart. In 2005, Allen established a distribution partnership with Netflix, resulting in over 200 titles released on their site.  Allen also manages the internet marketing & digital delivery division, overseeing search engine strategies, social media marketing, & streaming video.   Allen Chou received his BA in Film from the University Of Maryland, and also attended NewYork University.

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