The Orchard Film Department On The Move

danielle digiacomo agnes varnum the orchard film

As noted in my post a couple of week ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel on Saturday, March 31st, devoted to Crowdfunding and Social Distribution. Hungry for knowledge, filmmakers packed the room with an array of questions and experiences. All of the panelists were, in different ways and on different scales, able to find ways to build and grow their audiences, as well as provide insight into the different models of distribution that have worked for them. The biggest takeaway – the Internet has profoundly changed the model and empowered the filmmaker to find his or her audience.

I will be talking about similar things at two different regional film festivals coming up. First, at Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, one of the oldest and most esteemed festivals devoted to the showcase on non-fiction cinema. There, I will be part of a meet-and-greet about online distribution, to take place at Marriott HQ on Friday, April 13th at 1 pm. If you can’t make that, look for me at the Marriott Headquarters or sipping a drink in the courtyard in front of the beautiful Carolina Theatre starting the evening of Thursday, April 12th through Sunday, April 15th.

This Sunday, April 15th, Doug Shineman, The Orchard’s Director of Video Business Development, will speak on a panel called Paths of Glory: Distribution Battle Plans for Indie Filmmakers, part of the new Soho International Film Festival. The panel, which starts at 11am, takes place at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema on the Lower East Side and you can tickets here.

And — there’s more! — in two weeks, I’ll journey to IFF Boston, long an industry and filmmaker favorite due to its strong line-up of fiction and non-fiction films, creative parties (Candlepin bowling, anyone?) and presence of the filmmakers. Watch out for me around the Filmmakers’ Lounge and Somerville Theatre, and a TBD industry event.

Photo by Agnes Varnum. 

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