I'm on a panel next week as part of the Sundance Film Festival. Totally excited, gonna be fun. The session is called "What's Next? Models and Experiments in Indie Distribution". Our moderator is the awesome and knowledgeable Scott Kirsner. The other panelists include Ballast director Lance Hammer, Balcony Releasing's Connie White, Withoutabox's Christian Gaines, distribution consultant Steven Raphael, Good Dick producer Cora Olson, and distribution vet MJ Peckos. What's very interesting to me is the fact that both Ballast and Good Dick premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and have since been self-released after the filmmakers decided traditional deals were not in their best interest. Both came to Sundance 2008 with hopes of a traditional deal. What a difference a year makes, I guess. The panel is scheduled for Sunday, January 18, Noon at the New Frontier on Main Street. The description of the panel, from the Sundance Web site:
In today’s brutal marketplace, filmmakers and distributors are forced to think outside the box. From DIY theatrical to multiplatform releases and viral marketing, there are as many new strategies today as there are successful films. Join us as we showcase films capitalizing on the newest opportunities, as well as the distribution companies articulating the clearest visions.
Come by, it's free!