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How Do We Drag Indie Film into the 21st Century?

Thompson on Hollywood By Chris Dorr | Thompson on Hollywood March 28, 2014 at 3:35PM

Most filmmakers do not understand the difference between “direct” and “indirect”. This gap in understanding holds many (if not most) indie filmmakers back. How can this gap be closed and indie film dragged into the 21st century?
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Spike Lee in his Kickstarter video
Spike Lee in his Kickstarter video

Platforms, like KickstarterIndieGoGoVHXVimeoTugg and YouTube are designed for indies who are prepared to reach their audience through "direct distribution."

It is not the responsibility of the platform to get your audience—it is yours. Each platform gives you tools that help you achieve success but in order to succeed you have to aggressively use them.

This approach is fundamentally different from licensing your film to a traditional distributor, a method I would call "indirect distribution."

Most filmmakers do not understand the difference between "direct" and "indirect." This gap in understanding holds many (if not most) indie filmmakers back.

How can this gap be closed and indie film dragged into the 21st century?

Let’s imagine an audience fund for indie film

We start with 1 million dollars.  We want to underwrite direct distribution for up to 15 films that will be released roughly over the same year period.  We will put in between 50K to 100K per movie.

Filmmakers must have skin in the game so we require a few things from them.

Read the rest of the story here.

This article is related to: Crowdfunding, News, Kickstarter , Indiegogo


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