I am a composer and now producer. I produced a rather unique never-before released film from 1938, that has found it's way into distribution. I am happy to share my adventures with this film. The film, "As the Earth Turns" is a silent-sci-fi film by Richard Lyford, a 20-year old Seattle filmmaker wh...Expand post
I am a composer and now producer. I produced a rather unique never-before released film from 1938, that has found it's way into distribution. I am happy to share my adventures with this film. The film, "As the Earth Turns" is a silent-sci-fi film by Richard Lyford, a 20-year old Seattle filmmaker who went on to work for Disney on Pinnochio, Dumbo and Fantasia, and direct an Academy-award winning documentary. (I am working on a biopic and doc).
"As the Earth Turns" has been in 122 festivals and won 135 awards/nominations. I can tell you what I have learned about FilmFreeway, especially about some of the marketing features of the platform (I am still getting invites, and this film started it's festival run in 2018!). We even did a 7-day Oscar qualifying run in LA and entered the film in the Academy Awards (to get more eyes on it). That is a story in itself!
Regarding distribution, I did hire someone to pitch the film to distributors, and in the end, I went with Indie Rights. They have been pretty good to deal with. The film is on Amazon and others. That distributor is working hard on other platforms, too. There are challenges, and I am still working on a DVD to add. They are DIY, and really depend on your own marketing. The film is unique, that marketing is challenging. I am pursuing specific interest groups (film lovers, clubs, film-schools, etc.- Ideas?). I am also working on direct connections for Zoom presentations of the film. The film will be on "Home Movie Day" Tues Oct 20, 2020. (https://www.facebook.com/events/407552213592309/). This will be an interesting test of Zoom presentations. I am looking into retirement homes, etc. (Fixed price). I do know of other filmmakers that are doing this.
I did negotiate a direct deal with Turner Classic Movies that has started, and I am waiting for a broadcast date. I was in LA a number of times for festivals last year and got a nice meeting with a programming person there. It took a lot of emails, but persistence has paid off. I hope to do a live interview for that broadcast. I have been following up with other people at the network. Because I am composer, the more folks that watch the film, the better. My royalties depend on it.
Please feel free to ask questions, and I will try to answer them. The Zoom event will have live Q&A and you can ask questions there, too. I will be showing other bonus features, some never-before-seen. The film is a great inspiration for filmmakers, too. He did this film with very little resources. astheearthturns.com