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Truly Independent Directors
Topic by: artvamp
Posted: December 29, 2002 - 11:51 PM PST
Last Reply: January 1, 2003 - 6:42 AM PST

author topic: Truly Independent Directors
post #1  on December 29, 2002 - 11:51 PM PST  
Why not solicit films from completely unknown independent directors who distrubute their own DVDs. Then you'll be sure to have titles that can't be rented anywhere else! And renters can take a chance on seeing movies they'd never be exposed to otherwise.

I know at least 5 or ten really talented and out-of-the-ordinary directors who do their on DVD distribution. I'm sure there are hundreds who would send you free preview DVDs if there's a chance you'll buy a few for rental here.

That's something Netflix would never do!


post #2  on December 30, 2002 - 12:27 AM PST  
i don't work for greencine, just want to know - who do you have in mind? name names for the hell of it.
post #3  on December 30, 2002 - 2:51 PM PST  
I'm interested too. I see a lot of shorts on the web from movie students typically but if there are some productions out there that are too much for the mainstream or just didn't get lucky (yet) then that sounds very intriguing.
post #4  on December 30, 2002 - 5:09 PM PST  

For that matter, how about soliciting recommendations and actually *releasing* DVDs from underground filmmakers who perhaps can't afford to do it themselves??
post #5  on December 30, 2002 - 5:55 PM PST  
Hey, nice icon Mason.

post #6  on January 1, 2003 - 6:42 AM PST  
Artvamp, sorry for being so late on a reply to this. During the holidays, priorities get mixed up a bit, but this is a very important issue that, believe me, has been on the table for some time. All that would be involved falls outside my own area of activities here at GC, and frankly, that's a good thing because I don't know nearly as much about what this would entail as much as Dennis and Andrew, GC managing partners, do.

But as you can tell by articles like this one, you can see that it's been very much on our minds. I remain convinced that the day is coming very, very soon when releasing a film on DVD without a prior theatrical release will be as "natural" as a band releasing a CD without necessarily backing it up with a live tour.

And not just indie directors. We've already seen, say, David Lynch and Tim Burton putting work online and nowhere else and even larger outfits like Pixar putting their non-feature-length works on DVDs as extras and so on.

But it's true: the most exciting possibilities in this development will probably be coming from little-known directors releasing work straight to DVD that would never has otherwise seen the light of day. And one day, one of those releases will shake up the distribution system all over again.

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