Last year's USC Distribution University drew more than 200 people and generated this story from the NYT's Manohla Dargis. Here is a podcast of Broderick offering some examples of films that have pioneered innovative distribution strategies, from 2009's Distribution U: podcast below.
"It's for indie producers and filmmakers who believe that the business is changing but also believe that there actually will be a way to make a living making great work — despite all the doomsaying — if you're willing to adapt. It presents lots of recent case studies and examples of filmmakers doing audience-building and distribution successfully. And it connects participants with industry experts who can offer guidance and advice about their particular projects."
In New York, indie distrib Richard Abramowitz of Abramorama, who worked on this year's release of Exit Through the Gift Shop will participate. In LA, singer-songwriter Jill Sobule will provide a case study of how she rebooted her career in a post-record label environment, in part by raising $90,000 for her latest album from her fans.
[Photo: Peter Broderick addresses Distribution U. 2009; director Sacha Gervasi of Anvil talking with a participant.]