IDA's Doc U: Distributing Your Doc - Theatrical and the Big Picture

With the recent explosion of different viewing platforms, Doc U turns its attention to the
fundamental question: “What is the place of theatrical exhibition in a documentary’s overall distribution plan?” The first in a two-part series on “Distributing Your Doc”, the panel covers a wide range of theatrical distributors, from the new players in the field to the more traditional companies who continue to make their presence felt. This deep dive into theatrical distribution will explore which theatrical models are being used, what kinds of documentaries distributors are looking for, how are deals being structured, and the ways distributors and filmmakers are working together with exhibitors to draw in audiences. Panelists include: Peter Goldwyn (Senior VP, Samuel Goldwyn Films), James Shapiro (COO, Drafthouse Films) and Michael Kananack (Head of Int’l Acquisitions, Gathr Films.)