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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Andrew James’ Street Fighting Man

14 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Symbolically speaking, I wouldn’t be out of line if I compared Motor city as a sister city to Damascus. If you group docs in Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Detropia, Brenna Sanchez and Tom Putnam’s Burn, and next in line Street Fighting Man, this is one city that is hurting real bad. Andrew James might be know to docuphiles for his 2009, Tiff preemed Cleanfix, and directly after this he found a trio of justice seeking protagonists for what will have been a half decade odyssey to fruition. It began with a successful Kickstarter campaign and has since found support from: the Hot Docs Pitch Forum, Film Independent, the Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), the San Francisco Film Society, and of course, the Sundance Institute. Don’t be surprised if Sundance programmers make a citizen’s arrest on this item.

Gist: In a new America where the promise of education, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Nine Lessons for Self-Distributing Filmmakers with No Money and No Experience

15 July 2014 7:29 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

This article by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez about the distribution of their Detroit firefighter documentary Burn originally appeared in our Fall, 2013 print edition. It is appearing online for the first time. “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” — Mark Twain As filmgoers are increasingly flooded with new media options to keep them at home, the prevailing theory is that the days of theatrical releases for independent films are in their last slow throes. We disagree because we just spent the last year filling 300- to 2,000-seat theaters in 170 cities with our firefighter documentary Burn. We […] »

- Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez

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10 Keys to Successful Theatrical Distribution for Your Doc

12 May 2014 5:28 PM, PDT | International Documentary Association | See recent International Documentary Association news »

The distribution landscape is changing — fast. So, on April 21st, we gathered a panel of experts at our monthly Doc U series to discuss the rapidly shifting world of theatrical distribution in the first of a two-part series on distribution. Alexandra Johnes (The Square) moderated a conversation with Peter Goldwyn (Samuel Goldwyn Films), James Shapiro (Drafthouse Films), Michael Kananack (Gathr Films), and Brenna Sanchez (Burn) who covered the crucial role that theatrical exhibition can play in a documentary’s overall distribution plan. We’ve distilled their talk into digestible bits »

- Nayantara Roy

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