Distribution Advocates Presents helps demystify the often-complex world of film distribution
Independent filmmakers and enthusiasts have a new resource to demystify the often-complex world of film distribution. Distribution Advocates Presents, a podcast hosted by Avril Speaks, filmmaker and co-founder of Distribution Advocates, officially launches on January 31st.
Distribution Advocates is a collective advocating for filmmakers and maintaining plurality and originality. Members currently include Avril Speaks, Karin Chien, Abby Sun, Amy Hobby, and Carlos Gutierrez. Their singular goal is to collectively reclaim power for independent storytellers in the current systems of distribution and exhibition.
This podcast aims to shed light on the inner workings of independent film distribution, by addressing a crucial question: how can we understand and improve the current ecosystem to create more equitable distribution systems?
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From the role of sales agents to the functions of film festivals, each episode is a journey into understanding the challenges of distribution and the potential for transformative change. Think of it less as a podcast and more as a platform to help the world of film become more transparent and fair.
Avril Speaks brings her expertise and passion to the series, engaging in deep conversations with guests like Matt Stoller, Pat Murphy, and Barbara Twist. These discussions will examine concerning practices within the industry and explore innovative, sustainable solutions.
“Distribution Advocates started this podcast because we wanted to have a conversation with our peers about the immense challenges independent filmmakers face in distribution today,” says host Avril Speaks. Our industry is changing fast, and this is an important time to re-evaluate our systems and our collective goals for puttng art into the world. We’re excited to have these conversations about how we can create more equitable solutions to getting our stories seen and heard
The podcast is a must-listen for anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes of independent filmmaking, from seasoned professionals to aspiring filmmakers and film lovers.
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