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Niche Doc On-Demand Release Targets Batman Fans (VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 13, 2014 at 12:15PM

Documentaries lend themselves to targeted niche marketing and, as "Detropia" proved last year, self-distribution. All you need is a subject with a defined fan base. Funded by more than 1,000 Kickstarter donors, Brett Culp's "Legends of the Knight" is a case in point. Relying on community support with each screening benefiting a local charity, the movie has been pulling in Batman fans across the country.

Feb 17th - San Diego, CA - AMC Palm Promenade, benefits GlobalSchoolNet

Feb 18th - Thousand Oaks, CA - Muvico Thousand Oaks, benefits the American Heart Association

Feb 19th - Hollywood, CA - Laemmle’s Noho 7, benefits GlobalSchoolNet

Feb 20th - Petaluma, CA - Petaluma Fairgrounds Herzog Hall, benefits Polly Klass Foundation

Feb 20th - Chicago, IL - AMC Showplace Naperville 16, benefits Tiny Heroes

Feb 21st - San Francisco, CA - Victoria Theatre, benefits San Francisco Make-A-Wish Foundation

Legends of the Knight - Official Trailer from Brett Culp Films on Vimeo.

This article is related to: Batman, Documentary, Marketing, Distribution, Independents, Kickstarter

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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.