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Research and Distribution Hustle: A Two-Part Series
Date Saturday August 07
Time 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location Details
145 Ninth Street (between Mission and Howard)
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorFilm Arts Foundation
Sat. & Sun., Aug. 7 & 8, 11 am–5 pm

Learn invaluable research and distribution techniques from documentary filmmaker Sam Green, director of the critically acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated film, The Weather Underground, which was picked up for distribution by Shadow Films and played in theaters around the country. It has also screened on PBS’s Independent Lens Series and at the Film Arts, New York Underground, and Sundance film festivals, among others. In 2003 it won the Golden Gate award for best feature documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Green also co-directed Pie Fight ‘69, and The Rainbow Man/John 3:16.

One class: $60/Film Arts members; $75/others.
Both classes: $100/Film Arts members; $130/others.

Part One: Researching Docs
Sat., Aug. 7, 11 am–5 pm

Lay a solid groundwork for your documentary by learning the essentials of subject-research. Topics include resources for research, concept development, finding the relationship between you, your subject and the audience, preparation for pre-production interviews, finding the best interview subjects, and research symposia. Special consideration given to unearthing difficult-to-find and politically sensitive information. A major theme running throughout the class is the relationship between research and concept development.

Part Two: Doc Distribution
Sun., Aug. 8, 11 am–5 pm

Learn all about documentary distribution from a seasoned professional. Green discusses what his distribution plans, goals, and strategies were for the The Weather Underground. He offers his experience what he learned from each of his previous films to help improve exposure and distribution possibilities for independent films. Green talks about television and theatrical distribution issues; working with a distributor vs. self-distribution; strategies for getting your work and message out to the world.
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Aug 3rd, 2004 2:09 PM
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