Tag Archives: TIFF

Rediscovering “Waterland”

In 1991, Fine Line was humming on all cylinders. In our first year, we had already hit gold both commercially (My Own Private Idaho) and critically (Angel at My Table), and had a solid slate of upcoming releases. Looking forward, … Continue reading

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“Diva,” The Unexpected Hit

When people in the movie business talk about unexpected results, they are usually talking about sure-fire hits that ended up not working. Every once in a while the opposite is true. Such was the case with “Diva.” The first time … Continue reading

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“Ball in the House” – A Lost Film Worth Rediscovery

In my Business of Film class at Columbia, I’ve talked for many years about how unforeseeable events can affect the success or failure of a film in the marketplace. I’ve seen and worked on many films that would be examples … Continue reading

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Keynote at TIFF Filmmaker Bootcamp – 2013

The folks at the Toronto Film Festival have just posted my keynote from their annual Filmmaker Boot Camp, a sort of retreat where they prepare filmmakers for their experience at TIFF. This is the second time they’ve asked me to … Continue reading

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Social Networking Panel at TIFF12

This was a fun and informative panel at this past year’s Toronto International Film Festival, in which Christine Vachon, Cinedigm’s Jeff Reichert and BOND Strategy and Influence’s Marc Schiller discussed social networking strategies for independent film marketing. By the way, … Continue reading

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More bad news about VPFs…or is it?

I ran into an exhibitor friend at the Toronto Film Festival (who shall remain nameless) and he went off about how unhappy he was about having signed a VPF deal in order to convert his theaters to Hollywood’s version of … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for your premiere at TIFF

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to be the keynote speaker at the Filmmakers Bootcamp, an annual event at the TIFF Lightbox to prepare the Canadian filmmakers for their experience at the Toronto Film Festival. Given the nature of … Continue reading

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10 Years Ago…A Family Odyssey (Final Chapter)

This is the final post of a series. You can find the other parts at Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 Conclusion: It was with a combination of hope and fear that we approached the George Washington Bridge. The first sign … Continue reading

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10 Years Ago…A Family Odyssey (part 3)

Part 1 of this article can be found here, and part 2 can be found here. Day Three: Thursday September 13, 2001 When I awoke the next morning, Beth was already out and about. I went off to deliver the 35mm … Continue reading

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10 Years Ago…A Family Odyssey (part 2)

Part 1 of this article can be found here. Day Two: Wednesday September 12, 2001 When morning arrived, the apartment started to empty out. Subway service had been partially restored, and there was now a way for everyone to get home. … Continue reading

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