From the traditional multiplex platform to self distribution, VOD, online, and much more, where do trends of distribution stand now, and more importantly, where would they be in the next decade.
Moderated by Peter Bowen, the editorial director for Film In Focus and Senior Editor at FilmMaker Magazine.
Richard Abramowitz is President of Abramorama, a consulting firm that serves the film industry in the production, representation, marketing, and distribution of independent films. A veteran of nearly 30 years, he has worked with filmmakers such as Jonathan Demme, John Turturro, Morgan Spurlock, Joe Berlinger, Tom DiCillo, John Sayles, James Ivory, Tom Stoppard and Neil Young, among many others. He is an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
As vice president of acquisitions and production for IFC Entertainment, Arianna Bocco is responsible for identifying and pursuing finished feature films that support the company’s overall motion picture acquisition strategy. In this role, she has acquired the U.S. rights to some of the independent film world’s most critically-acclaimed films including: "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," "Paranoid Park," "Gomorrah," "Hunger," "Che," more recently, "Antichrist." Prior to joining IFC, Bocco served as head of the independent feature packaging division of the Gersh Agency in New York City and also worked at Miramax Films as senior vice president of acquisitions where she was involved in acquiring such notable films such as "Garden State" and "The Station Agent."
Emily Russo is co-founder and co-president of the New York-based distribution company Zeitgeist Films. Along with her partner Nancy Gerstman, she has released of over 170 films, including early films by notable directors like Todd Haynes, Francois Ozon, the Brothers Quay, Atom Egoyan, Agnes Varda, and Guy Maddin. Zeitgeist is also renowned for its collection of ground-breaking documentaries including “The Corporation,” “Into Great Silence” and “Trouble the Water.”
Industry veteran Mark Urman formed Paladin in the summer of 2009. He co-founded THINKFilm in 2001, and ran its theatrical division until last year. From 1987 to 2001 he was Co-President of Lionsgate Releasing and he also did extensive tours of duty at Columbia Pictures and United Artists earlier in his career. Urman was Executive Producer of the Academy Award-winning film, “Monster’s Ball” as well as the Oscar-nominated documentaries “Murderball” and “War Dance.”
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