Thanks for giving me Independent Film Distribution
With Thanksgiving only two days away, I am thankful to Phil Hall for sending me a copy of his new book Independent Film Distribution, How to Make a Successful End Run Around the Big Guys, published by Michael Wiese Productions. Independent Film Distribution is filled to the cavity with really delicious stuff...ing, that I'd normally seek out at film panel discussions, but now I have a handy guide right at my finger tips whenever I need it.
Hall, an author, journalist, film critic and former publicist, starts out with an "Overview on the State of Indpendent Film in America," and then tells you what to do "Before You Even Think of Contacting a Distributor." Throughout the book, personal anecdotes and interviews with independent filmmakers, publicists, film critics and distributors are shared, including media magnate Mark Cuban (Landmark Theatres, Magnolia Pictures, HDNet Films, HDNet Channel, 2929 Entertainment), Chris Gore (Filmthreat, My Big Fat Independent Movie), Shotwell Media publicist/marketing specilist Sasha Berman (Robot Stories, Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela), and many others.
Other important topics about the business covered that every independent filmmaker should know about include press kits, producer's reps, publicists, lawyers, film festivals, and more. There's even a comprehensive listing of distributors toward the end of the book, from the mini-majors to the boutique distributors.
Independent Film Distribution makes for a great holiday gift. You can give yourself or someone else the gift of Independent Film Distribution by going to http://www.mwp.com/books/, and also at Amazon.com. By getting or giving Independent Film Distribution, it may even help you on your road to getting independent film distribution for your film, by taking advantage of the very wise fundamentals outlined in the book, and resources it provides.