Articles – Distribution


The Afterlife of Slamdance: Director Nicole Teeny on the Road Beyond Bible Quiz‘s Premiere
by Nicole Teeny

A friend told me that the life of a film doesn’t really begin until after it premieres, and that I should plan to dedicate at least another year towards bringing it to the world. Sure enough, a year and change after our festival premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival, I’m preparing for the Los Angeles […]

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Birth of a Tattoo Nation: director Eric Schwartz on Telling the Secret History of Black and Gray (Part Two)
by Kelly Leow

In Part One (of this interview, we talked to Colorado-based Tattoo Nation director Eric Schwartz about his transition from still photography to film, finding his heavily-inked subjects, and the intimate yet exclusive culture of tattoo. Today we wrap up the conversation with a Danny Trejo anecdote and a discussion of the current state of film […]

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Birth of a Tattoo Nation: director Eric Schwartz on Telling the Secret History of Black and Gray (Part One)
by Kelly Leow

As part of’s hosting of Tattoo Nation (released this week on our site!) we were lucky enough to be granted an exclusive interview with the documentary’s first-time director, Eric Schwartz. In the following discussion, Schwartz covers much of the journey of his film – a behind-the-curtain look at the gritty origins of the Black […]

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MovieMaker Editor’s Weekend Pick: Big Star Documentary Opens in Select Cities
by Rory Owen Delaney

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a compelling new rock documentary about one of Memphis’ most curious pop music phenomenons. Never heard of them? Neither had I. But now that I have watched Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (and listened to the soundtrack on Spotify) I can’t get their story or music out […]

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DIY Monday: Yekra Shatters Revenue Record for Internet-Only Doc
by James Kaelan

Like everyone else trying to forecast the economic landscape of independent film, over here at the MovieMaker offices, we think a lot about innovations in the VOD marketplace. The future of distribution and investment recoupment is probably rooted in digital sales. Netflix is the next generation television network. iTunes is the new Landmark Cinemas. But those companies—Netflic […]

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The Way, Way Back: Coming of Age in Hollywood
by Kyle Rupprecht

Young adulthood has long represented a rich source of inspiration for moviemakers. This confusing and confused life stage offers moviemakers ample room for gross-out comedy, tender drama, tragedy and everything in between. Many classic movies have explored the theme of a young character’s coming of age, from Great Expectations to The Graduate. It is clear why moviemakers have continually panned […]

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Trailblazer Tuesday: Factory 25 is turning art films into art objects
by Aaron Hillis

Are DVDs the Vinyl Records of Indie film? Factory 25 thinks so! “I pretty much grew up in a baseball card shop, but I wasn’t so sporty,” admits Brooklyn-based entrepreneur and tastemaker Matt Grady, whose über-chic boutique label Factory 25 is named after the manufacturing home of the famous 1909 Honus Wagner tobacco card—the most […]

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Sloppy Seconds: The Best (and Worst) Horror Movie Remakes
by Kyle Rupprecht

Horror movie remakes are a dime a dozen these days, with retreads of such genre classics as Poltergeist, Hellraiser and Suspiria currently in production. The latest to hit theaters is Maniac, an update of William Lustig’s grisly 1980 slasher film, about a mentally disturbed mannequin store owner (played by Elijah Wood), who develops a dangerous […]

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Super (and Not-So-Super) Hero Flicks
by Kyle Rupprecht

Superhero movies tend to come in just one of two flavors: Exceptional and terrible. They either work as visually breathtaking, escapist fun… or they don’t. This summer features a slew of upcoming superhero movies, including The Wolverine and Kick-Ass 2. The latest, Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated Superman reboot, Man of Steel, soars into theaters on […]

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CBGB Movie

CBGB Movie Coming to the Big Screen

CBGB Movie Coming to the Big Screen Oct 2013. If you haven’t heard of the New York City club, CBGB, you soon will. Fans of American Punk Rock music will be excited to hear that XLrator Media has just acquired the distribution rights for the CBGB movie. CBGB, which derived its name from its initial […]

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