Re: festival responses

From: Allen Riley (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jun 04 2009 - 18:05:10 PDT

I don't know what Joel had in mind when he suggested this route, but I have
found it to be a fun and rewarding practice to take my films on short venue
tours in different parts of the country. I have screened my work to
unsuspecting audiences in cafes, book stores, theaters, after punk shows, in
private living rooms of people I don't know, and so on.

I know that there are Christian and other "special interest" films that are
shown in this manner. I don't know of any "arty" filmmakers besides myself
who do this. I have taken this approach because I don't understand film
festivals or how to present my work to them.

One problem with this method is that you are not assured an audience.
Another is that this method lacks the credibility of festival screenings and
will probably not advance your career in film circles no matter how many
people show up. Any work you screen in this way will also be disqualified
from festivals that require a premiere. It is, however, a fun way to travel
and to introduce your work to new people.

Allen Riley

On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 9:41 AM, Caryn Cline <email suppressed> wrote:

> (My former teacher and friend Joel Schlemowitz says that venues are
> sometimes a better path for filmmakers than festivals. Maybe that is a big
> city perspective, I don't know. I'd like to hear others' thoughts about
> that.)

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