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Distribution University: Indie Workshops in NY and LA

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 5, 2010 at 8:08AM

Paradigm Consulting's Peter Broderick and Cinematech's Scott Kirsner (Fans, Friends & Followers) are mounting some indie distribution workshops to help filmmakers and producers navigate the crazily shifting indie market in NYU, New York (November 13) and UCLA, Los Angeles (November 20). I'll be helping out on one of their expert-led lunch discussions for filmmakers and producers on such topics as working with media/bloggers, understanding the mechanics of VOD deals, working with foreign sales agents, etc.
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Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood

Paradigm Consulting's Peter Broderick and Cinematech's Scott Kirsner (Fans, Friends & Followers) are mounting some indie distribution workshops to help filmmakers and producers navigate the crazily shifting indie market in NYU, New York (November 13) and UCLA, Los Angeles (November 20). I'll be helping out on one of their expert-led lunch discussions for filmmakers and producers on such topics as working with media/bloggers, understanding the mechanics of VOD deals, working with foreign sales agents, etc.

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.

Kirsner writes:

"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.

Or, download the MP3 by right-clicking here. "Friends of Distribution U" discounts are available here: New York, at the Cantor Film Center, November 13, and LA, at UCLA, November 20.

[Photo: Peter Broderick addresses Distribution U. 2009; director Sacha Gervasi of Anvil talking with a participant.]

This article is related to: Independents, Indies


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.