You've made a movie. You've shopped it around to distributors. Nobody's buying. So is that it? Is your movie dead before it's even had a chance to live?

The sad reality is that yes, in many cases, that's it. But it doesn't have to be! American Cinematheque is hosting a seminar Tuesday at the Aero Theatre in L.A. called "Unraveling Independent Film Distribution" in which people who work on the inside of the movie biz will discuss an indie filmmaker's options. There's the possibility of distributing the film yourself (as John Turturro is doing with his Romance & Cigarettes) -- and that means learning about booking contracts, legal agreements, striking prints, and plenty of other things that the average filmmaker probably doesn't know much about.

The experts at the seminar will include reps from Netflix, Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment division, Showtime Networks, a buyer for a theater chain, and others. The seminar will be moderated, and a Q&A will follow.

This is a timely subject. More and more indie filmmakers are becoming frustrated as the blockbuster mentality -- "You gotta make all your money in the first weekend!" -- is slowly infesting the arthouse scene, too. Roger Ebert had an insightful article on his website this weekend about this phenomenon, specifically addressing how Tom DiCillo's Delirious got lost in the shuffle. What's an indie filmmaker to do? Perhaps the American Cinematheque seminar will provide some guidance.
categories Movies, Cinematical