another guest post today from filmmaker Jon Riess
At the urging of Jeffrey Levy Hinte - my wonderfully supportive producer on Bomb It (he's leaving the business folks so don't bother calling him!), I have started writing about my experiences self distributing Bomb It for Filmmaker Magazine. These articles will form the basis for the book that I am writing Reel World Survival Skills: Everything I Wish I Had Learned in Film School.
The first one just came out titled MY ADVENTURE IN THEATRICAL SELF-DISTRIBUTION, PART 1 While the article is subtitled "Or how I “invented” the two-month window and spent six months wanting to kill myself every day." it was a positive experience overall It was gruelling - but I think the film was helped tremendously by the release. This has been confirmed by our video company Docurama/New Video.
The next article will cover DVD distribution - self distribution and working with a distributor.
Let me know what you think of the article!