Wednesday, April 05, 2006

September 12th, Longbaugh Film Festival and self-distribution

September 12th will be at the Longbaugh Film Festival in Portland, OR this Saturday April 8. Willamette Week, a Portland newspaper that sponsors the festival has two articles that talk about the film. The first one calls it "emotionally powerful." The second by festival creative director and film critic, David Walker, should be interesting to the readers of the blog as it mentions newer forms of distribution. I spoke with David and he said Longbaugh is interested in highlighting good indie films, especially those that have a form of self-distribution.

It looks like it will be a very good festival.

1 comment:

Sujewa [Blog Admin] said...

Alright, "September12th" & Lou are mentioned in that article's section on self-distribution. Here it is, for the lazy:

"Smart Move: Self Distribution

Who's Doin' It Right: Every filmmaker wants her/his movie to be seen by as many people as possible (and most want to get rich as well). Taking their cue from musicians, some filmmakers are finally deciding to put their films out themselves. Think about it: When you see a band perform live, you usually see them selling CDs and other merchandise after the show. Independent, micro-budget films like the compelling drama September 12th are adopting a similar a strategy. With more interest being generated for upcoming 9/11-related films like United 93, September 12th producer Louis Giovino is putting the film out himself, selling it on his website and through the local website Film Baby (see sidebar). The day is coming when you will go to a film festival, watch a movie and then be able to purchase it in the lobby after the show. Getting a distribution deal for smaller indie films usually means no up-front money, with a profit share only after the distributor has recouped production and marketing costs (which can exceed $100,000). A filmmaker who self-distributes will spend less than $2 per unit on DVD production and keep all the profit. The filmmakers who go this route, like the makers of September 12th and other Longbaugh films like Friends Like These and Flight from Death, can potentially make more money this way, even if they sell fewer DVDs than a bigger distributor."

Do go read the whole article if you can, use Lou's link in the main post, it's a good article.

- Sujewa