Just heard from Circus Road Films that they’re tapped out – all the distributors they approached said “no.” So we’re launching into Plan B – self-distribution – and I’m feeling surprisingly energized, probably because this will involve doing something rather than just sitting around waiting.
I’d been thinking about this for awhile anyway, because I could see the handwriting on the wall. Distribution World is in disarray with all the streaming, etc. going on, and nobody wants to take a risk with a small, offbeat drama with no big stars. It’s a really tough sell out there, though I KNOW there’s an audience for Warrior Woman, and I intend to connect with it.
Have been having some preliminary self-distribution conversations with various folks, including a local producer who’s working on his own project, and am currently in the process of developing a strategic plan. This will involve posting the film somewhere accessible like Amazon, partnering with various women’s groups, looking into possibilities for screenings both locally and elsewhere.
Step One: Check out legalities – are we sufficiently copyright protected, etc.
Step Two: Produce a quality DVD
Step Three: Get local/national women’s groups on board as supporters
Step Four: PUBLICIZE
Meanwhile, today, on Studio 360, the topic was “A Golden Age for Women in Hollywood?” (http://www.studio360.org/2012/jul/13/golden-age-for-women-in-hollywood/#commentform) with interviews with Lynn Shelton and Sarah Polley, who both have movies out now. Even though only five percent of the 250 Hollywood movies produced last year were directed by women, there seems to be at least a mini-trend of women filmmakers doing their own thing in the “new indie model” – small budgets, short shoots, collaborative efforts – and getting their work out there. I have not yet watched the extended interviews with the two filmmakers to discover how they got funding, how they got well-known actors, and, most importantly, how they got distribution. Maybe they talk about that, maybe they don’t, but I’d like to find out more. Also, I’d like to see their movies. I saw Polley’s 2006 “Away From Her,” based on an Alice Munro story, about a couple where the woman (Julie Christie) has Alzheimer’s. I thought it was beautifully done.
Obviously, there are alternative ways to make things happen. Alternative seems to be my path.
Here we go…