Today's guest post is letter to YOU from Peter Broderick. Okay, it is to me, but only so I can forward it to you. This is a can't-miss-event.
We would like to invite your colleagues and readers to Distribution U and offer them a special discount (see end of post). It is a unique event that will give them the latest information about new distribution models and connect them to many of the people who are pioneering cutting edge strategies. The event is being presented by me, Peter Broderick, a leading strategist and pioneer of new distribution models, and cutting-edge author and tech analyst Scott Kirsner.
This one-day crash course on the New Rules of Crowd Funding, Audience Building & Distribution is being held Saturday, November 13th in New York at NYU and the following Saturday, November 20th in Los Angeles, where it is co-sponsored by UCLA's School of Film, Theater, and Television.
We are very excited about the stellar roster of resource people who have already committed to participate. They are pioneers who are creating and implementing the latest distribution models and strategies.
Richard Abramowitz (who organized the successful theatrical rollout of "Anvil: the Story of Anvil") and Marc Schiller (the digital marketing expert who heads Electric Artists) will present a case study revealing how they guided the release and marketing of "Exit through the Gift Shop" so effectively, without a director to promote it.
So far our other resource people include:
Caitlin Boyle (semi-theatrical maven and head of Film Sprout)
Jim Browne (theatrical booker and founder of Argot Pictures)
Adam Chapnick (founder of Distribber, the innovative company that works with filmmakers to maximize their digital revenues)
Brian Chirls (the tech guru who developed much of the Internet strategy for "Four Eyed Monsters")
Jonathan Dana (producer and producers rep "Road to Nowhere")
Ira Deutchman (producer and Emerging Pictures CEO)
Sandi DuBowski (producer/director "Trembling Before G-d" and outreach director for The Good Pitch)
Madelyn Hammond (marketing guru and former Chief Marketing Officer at Variety)
Justine Jacob (director of "Ready, Set, Bag!" and an attorney at the law firm Lee & Lawless)
Scott Macaulay (producer and editor of Filmmaker Magazine)
Slava Rubin(CEO and co-founder IndieGoGo)
Jill Sobule(singer/songwriter "California Days" and crowdfunding pioneer)
Anne Thompson (journalist and blogger "Thompson on Hollywood")
Other directors and producers include:
Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo ("Made In LA")
Jennifer Dubin and Cora Olson ("Good Dick")
Roberta Grossman ("Blessed Is The Match")
Joel Heller ("Winnebago Man")
Meg McLagan ("Lioness")
Vladan Nikolic ("Zenith")
Ben Niles ("Note by Note")
Jim Tusty ("The Singing Revolution")
Our resource people will lead off-the-record discussion groups in their areas of unique expertise and will be available to participants during networking opportunities throughout the day.
The experience of these resource people will be complemented by that of participants, many of whom have also been working on the frontiers of distribution. Scott and I have designed the event to give everyone a chance to connect and potentially collaborate in the future.
Here are discount links:
Distribution U. New York, November 13th
Distribution U. Los Angeles, November 20th
There is also a small group rate if two or more people sign up at the same time. For 2 it is $185 a piece and for 3 or more it is $175 per person.
We hope many of your readers and colleagues will be able to attend.
Onwards and upwards,
P.S. From Scott:
Here's what Manohla Dargis wrote about last year's event, at USC: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/movies/17dargis.html
We're also giving away a pass to one lucky person who tweets the URL (http://distributionu-nyc.eventbrite.com) along with the hashtag #distribu. (We'll pick the winner Wednesday at 5.)
There's also some MP3 audio of one of the case study sessions last year, featuring the director of "Anvil" and the producer of "Good Dick," both of which were at Sundance 2008.