BAXTER BROTHERS AND CINEMAD PARTNER IN NEW DISTRIBUTION VENTURE
Micro independent distributors the Baxter Brothers and Cinemad (run by Filmmaker contributor Mike Plante) have teamed to co-release feature films in theatrical and non-theatrical venues. The partnership is expected to yield ten to 12 releases a year, and Baxter Brothers will work with some of the filmmakers on ancillary sales, including television, VOD, DVD and digital.
The companies currently have the documentary Summer Pastures (a “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” Gotham nominee) in theaters, with Sundance 2011 premieres Jess + Moss and The Oregonian upcoming.
From the press release:
Baxter Brothers said “Most filmmakers don’t want to become distributors after they spend years making their films. Self-distribution can work if you have the resources and people to devote to a successful release but most filmmakers want to move on and make their next film. We want to be the middle ground between traditional distributors and the DIY crowd. Working with Cinemad makes sense creatively, financially and ideologically and will benefit both companies in the long run.”
Cinemad Presents is an extension of the Cinemad film zine, created in 1998. “I like to find underappreciated films and get them attention,” says founder Mike Plante. “And theatrical distribution is a natural extension. Cult, independent, underground, art, sticks and stones – every film has an audience that wants it.”