Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Work around for Indoctrinate U? 

Scott Johnson points to two pieces on the continuing effort to get Indoctrinate U on movie screens. Stanley Kurtz makes a good review of the film by Evan Coyne Maloney. Sonny Bunch notes:
Maloney is now looking for a way to distribute his film, which is an expensive proposition. "Your first set of prints will probably run you $20,000 to $25,000, and every set after that will be $2,000 to $3,000," Maloney says. It is virtually impossible for an independent filmmaker to shoulder that cost and convince theaters to run the films. If Indoctrinate U is going to be shown at your local art house theater, it will have to be picked up by a mini-major distributor, such as Lion's Gate, or New Line.
It would seem to me that the internet can provide as good a workaround and democratization of documentary film-making for the distribution houses as it does for opinion and analysis for newspapers. Maloney hopes so:
"We've got this database of people who've already expressed an interest in seeing the film, and there's other ways of getting it to them, from DVD sales, to the iTunes movie store. One way or another, people are going to get to see this film. The only question is, 'Is Hollywood going to demonstrate that they're really nonpartisan, and do business with folks like us?'"
We're trying to help, and direct you to our Final Word podcast with Maloney. If this story is new to you, visit Maloney's site.