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Upload Prohibited: Amazon Prime Video Direct Locks Out Docs and Shorts

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Amazon’s Prime Video Direct (PVD) service has a message for independent documentary and shorts filmmakers: You need not apply. Last week, Amazon’s PVD self-publishing program issued a change in policy: “At this time, we’re no longer accepting unsolicited licensing submissions…  Read more

By Feb 16, 2021

DIY Lives? #LIKE‘s Distribution Journey, Part Two: The End of the Beginning

Marc Menchaca in #LIKE

On January 26th 2021 my film, LIKE, a feminist noir thriller, debuted on Apple TV, Amazon Prime and others. It has been a long and winding road just to get to the end of the beginning. Part 1 of my…  Read more

By Feb 4, 2021

Movie Theaters to Receive Billions in Relief Funds as Part of the Save Our Stages Act (Updated)

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December 28, 2020 update: After delaying his signature by several days, President Trump signed the COVID-19 relief package containing the Save Our Stages act. The final specifics of the act, as released by Senator Chuck Schumer’s office, can be found at…  Read more

By Dec 21, 2020

Searching for an Independent Distribution Strategy Amidst Pandemics and Streaming Wars

Sarah Rich in #LIKE

I made a microbudget movie called #LIKE. Amazingly it is wrapped, posted and on the festival circuit, and it has been receiving glowing reviews like this: “Writer/director Sarah Pirozek’s teenage noir #Like pulses with the energy of a ’70s thriller.”…  Read more

By Jul 16, 2020


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