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TFC April 2017 Newsletter

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TFC On Location

  • TFC will be at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 20-29, 2017;
  • Jeffrey Winter will be on the documentary jury at the Florida Film Festival, April 21-30, 2017;
  • TFC will be at Hot Docs, April 27-May 7, 2017;
  • Orly Ravid will be on three panels at the Film Marketing, Distribution and Finance Symposium on Sat., May 6 & Sun., May 7, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia:
    • Saturday, 1:45-3:15pm: “The Distribution Deal” — a conversation about distribution deals moderated by Kirk Schroder with panelists Scott Glosserman, Orly Ravid, Bill Reeves, and Emily Best
    • Sunday, 9:00-10:30am: “Find Me An Audience!” — a conversation about audience engagement and the role of the Producer of Marketing & Distribution, with Orly Ravid, The Film Collaborative; Jo Jensen, founder & CEO, Causeumentary; Bill Reeves, WTA Services; and Emily Best, Seed & Spark
    • Sunday, 10:45-12:15pm: “DIY Resources” — A conversation about resources and partnerships for filmmakers, with Orly Ravid, The Film Collaborative; Scott Glosserman, Gathr (via Skype); Emily Best, Seed & Spark; and Erik Anderson, Quiver
  • Bryan Glick will be speaking at Doc Edge New Zealand in both Wellington (May 10–21) and Auckland (May 24-June 3);
  • Orly Ravid will be giving a masterclass on alternative, hybrid distribution in Cairo Film Days in Egypt, May 14-15; and
  • Orly Ravid will be at the Cannes Film Festival, May 17-28.


We have a number of titles that are premiering at Tribeca this week:

  • THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON, from Academy-Award®-nominated director David France (How To Survive a Plague), about transgender pioneer rights;
  • TRUE CONVICTION by Jamie Meltzer (Informant), about wrongful conviction cases in our social justice system;
  • ELIÁN, directed by Tim Golden and Ross McDonnell, about Elián González, the Cuban boy who was at the center of the international custody and immigration case in 2000; and
  • A SUITABLE GIRL, directed by Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra, about arranged marriages and the matchmaking process in India.

We’ve also added:

  • Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award-winner MOTHERLAND, by Ramona S. Diaz, about a public maternity hospital in Manila;
  • SXSW hit BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL by Katherine Fairfax Wright (Call Me Kuchu), which follows the latest project from the American rapper, singer, actor, dancer, director, choreographer, and YouTuber; and
  • WHAT LIES UPSTREAM, directed by Cullen Hoback, about the largest chemical drinking water contamination in a generation, a film that premiered at Slamdance, and impressed our founder Orly Ravid when she saw it at the Sonoma International Film Festival.

Lastly, we need to give mention to the film Satyavati:


And We Call This Love

World Premieres today, Friday April 21, presented by Reel Affirmations at the HRC Equality Center in Washington, D.C.

Our founder Orly Ravid has this to say about the film: “I met Deepthi Tadanki, the writer, director, and producer of SATYAVATI: AND WE CALL THIS LOVE, and her lovely filmmaking team at the 2016 NFDC Film Bazaar in Goa, India. I was so moved by the charm of the lesbian love story and horrific power of the corrective rape scene, tragically inspired by real events, that I was honored to include the film in our slate.

Even though many programmers have shied away from showing the film due to their understandable concerns around upsetting audiences, I applaud the The DC LGBT Center, Reel Affirmations, and the Human Rights Campaign for standing up to support this first film and important issue.”

Buy tickets to the premiere screening, or visit the Reel Affirmations Facebook Page or the film’s website for more information.

Coming Soon to Theaters


Harold & Lillian:
A Hollywood Love Story

Theatrical starts April 26 in NYC at the Quad. Opening in Los Angeles at Laemmle's in Pasadena, Encino and Santa Monica starting May 12. See here for full schedule.

100% on Rotten Tomatoes (as of 4/21)

Daniel Raim has been a longtime client of TFC. His most recent work, HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A Hollywood Love Story, was fiscally sponsored by TFC. Feel free to help spread the word by sharing this Facebook post.

Collaborative Releasing Summit – Save the Date!

The summit will consist of filmmakers sharing brief, informal presentations on what they consider to be best practices in audience engagement, community development, and DIY/DWO distribution. Anyone who cannot attend in person is welcome to join via Skype or FaceTime, or share their ideas with us beforehand and we will present on their behalf.

The date will be Saturday, June 3, starting at 9:00am, in Los Angeles. More details TBA.


Some recent articles you might not want to miss:

  • How have streaming platforms changed the way an independent film can see success? This article includes information on the Cannes debut microbudget film Blue Ruin and how it fared in distribution through The Weinstein Company.
  • How might the new lawsuit started by This Is Spinal Tap creators Harry Shearer, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest affect all filmmakers in their distribution deals?
  • Somber words from this year’s CinemaCon about the future of cinematic viewing.