Film Distribution and Marketing 

IFH 171: How to Make Money with Your Indie Film (Crazy Case Studies)

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How to Make Money with Your Indie Film (Crazy Case Studies) So you want to make money with your film. Who doesn’t? I’ve always been a hustler, and I used that word in the most positive way I can. Filmmakers need to stop just thinking about the art and start thinking about the business of…

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Joe Swanberg: How to Shoot & Sell Six Feature Films in a Year!

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 16, 2017 | 12 Comments
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Joe Swanberg: How to Shoot & Sell Six Feature Films in a Year! If you want to be an indie filmmaker you should definitely study the work of the prolific film director Joe Swanberg. Who is Joe Swanberg you ask? I just recently not only discovered his work but also started to study his unique filmmaking process. I…

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IFH 167: How to Make $3 Million Selling Your Indie Film on iTunes & Amazon w/ Range 15

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How to Make $3 Million Selling Your Indie Film on iTunes & Amazon w/ with Nick Palmisciano of Range 15 We all hear that self-distribution is the future for indie filmmakers. Build an audience and make a film for that audience but finding real world examples of a “true” indie film breaking $1,000,000+ using that model…

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IFH 166: Independent Film Distribution & Marketing Blueprint with This is Meg

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Independent Film Distribution & Marketing Blueprint Over the past 6 months or so I’ve been getting an enormous amount of emails and messages asking me the same question: What is your distribution and marketing plan for This is Meg? I hear you IFH Tribe, so I decide to put this podcast together and lay out…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: The 5 Lies of Indie Film Distribution

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 21, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: The 5 Lies of Indie Film Distribution

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge…

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How to Attach a Movie Star to Your Indie Film

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 15, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Attach a Movie Star to Your Indie Film
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How to Attach a Movie Star to Your Indie Film So you have a screenplay or film idea that could definitely be financed and produced only if I could get a movie star attached and there’s the rub! Attaching a movie star at any level to a un-produced screenplay or indie film is the dream…

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IFH 160: Ed Burns – How to Make a $9000 Feature Film (The Brothers McMullen)

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 5, 2017 | 1 Comment

How to Make a $9000 Feature Film with Ed Burns Many of you might have heard of the Sundance Film Festival winning film called The Brothers McMullen written and directed by Edward Burns. Burns went off to star in huge films like Saving Private Ryan and direct studio films like She’s the One but what you might…

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IFH 159: How to Build a Film Brand w/ Zombie with a Shotgun’s Hilton Ruiz

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 1, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 159: How to Build a Film Brand w/ Zombie with a Shotgun’s Hilton Ruiz
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How to Build a Film Brand w/ Zombie with a Shotgun’s Hilton Ruiz I always talk about building a fan base and making art or products that can be sold to that audience. Well, today’s guest is doing just that with his viral sensation Zombie with a Shotgun. Creator Hilton Ariel Ruiz created this film property…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution & Marketing w/ Jon Reiss

By Alex Ferrari | May 12, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution & Marketing w/ Jon Reiss

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production

By Matt Webb | May 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production
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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production Film Production is created in 5 phases: development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution. Each phase has a different purpose, with the overarching goal to get to the next one, and ultimately on to distribution. Each stage varies in length, and different roles suit different stages. Sadly, some…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: How I Made Over $90,000 Selling my Short Film + Video Tutorials

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 27, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: How I Made Over $90,000 Selling my Short Film + Video Tutorials

I know it’s Thursday but thought I’d release it early. Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke & What They Can Do to Change It

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 21, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke & What They Can Do to Change It

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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Breaking Down Shane Carruth’s Enigmatic Film Upstream Color

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Breaking Down Shane Carruth’s Enigmatic Film Upstream Color
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Breaking Down Shane Carruth’s Enigmatic Upstream Color Upstream Color is an indie science-fiction film written by Shane Carruth. He is best known for his 2004 debut movie ‘Primer’. His next film, Upstream Color first premiered  January 21, 2013, at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Shortly after that a theatrical release in U.S.A on April 5,…

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Digital Box Office: New Streaming Platform Sparks Revolution for Indie Filmmakers

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 17, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Digital Box Office: New Streaming Platform Sparks Revolution for Indie Filmmakers We’ve just discovered a new global streaming platform that’s looking to completely disrupt the status quo of the traditional entertainment distribution model. Digital box office (DBO) which launched their public beta just a few weeks ago, is already currently streaming films in 256 countries/territories…

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IFH 150: How to Launch Your Indie Film on iTunes with Brad Raider

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 11, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 150: How to Launch Your Indie Film on iTunes with Brad Raider
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How to Launch Your Indie Film on iTunes with Brad Raider If you want to see a self-distribution pathway to get your film on iTunes and actually make some money meet actor/director Brad Raider. His film Kensho at the Bedfellow was released on iTunes this year and he shares his marketing and distribution strategy with…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Surviving the Hollywood Implosion with Scott McMahon

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 10, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Surviving the Hollywood Implosion with Scott McMahon

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge…

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IFH 146: Adventures at Cinequest with the Cast of This is Meg

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 7, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Adventures at Cinequest with the Cast of This is Meg It’s a been a long journey but This is Meg finally had it’s World Premiere at the Cinequest. I was fortunate enough to have a bunch of the cast make the trek up to San Jose, CA from Los Angeles. We had an amazing time.…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Theatrical Self Distribution of Indie Films Made Easy with Tugg

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 3, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Theatrical Self Distribution of Indie Films Made Easy with Tugg

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge…

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IFH 144: The Reel Truth on How to Survive Making an Indie Film with Reed Martin

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 24, 2017 | 2 Comments
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The Reel Truth on How to Survive Making an Indie Film with Reed Martin Have you ever wish that you could avoid pitfalls and mistakes that other filmmakers made before you? Today’s guest does just that. Reed Martin is the author of the best-selling book The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn’t Know You Need to Know…

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IFH 143: How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 20, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 143: How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned
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How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned So as filmmakers we all want to make the best films we can. Sometimes filmmakers think that a bigger budget is the answer, that bigger is better. This is what I thought when I went down the road and create my short film Red…

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Indie Film Marketing: How to Design a Website for your Film

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Indie Film Marketing: How to Design a Website for your Film
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Creating an Image for Your Project: Design a Website! Most filmmakers and artist do not even think about marketing or distribution when creating a new project. This is where many projects fail. The first line of defense in creating a brand or image around your project is YOUR WEBSITE. Now how do you Design a Website? Designing a…

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IFH 141: Turbo Kid & How to Create an Indie Film Ecosystem with Shaked Berenson

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 14, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 141: Turbo Kid & How to Create an Indie Film Ecosystem with Shaked Berenson
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Turbo Kid & How to Create an Indie Film Ecosystem with Shaked Berenson I speak a lot on IFH on how filmmakers should create their own ecosystem and revenue streams, today’s guest has done just that. Shaked Berenson is the co-founder of Epic Pictures Group, a film financing, production, and international/domestic sales company based in Beverly…

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Film Production Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Film Production Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List
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Film Production Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List 1) Indie Film Production: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking Indie Film Production explains the simple, basic, clear cut role of the independent film producer. Raising funds to do your dream project, producing award-winning films with a low budget, putting name actors on your indie film-it’s all…

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What’s a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) & Why Do You Need It?

By John Rodsett | Feb 6, 2017 | Comments Off on What’s a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) & Why Do You Need It?
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What’s a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) & Why Do You Need It? Now I know this is the sexy part of the film business byt stay with me here. In the late 1990’s, I was asked to be involved with a film that was to be funded via a Private Placement Memorandum/an LLC. My company…

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IFH 136: How to Break into the Film Industry with Stage 32’s RB Botto

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 1, 2017 | 1 Comment
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How to Break into the Film Industry with Stage 32’s RB Botto SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast One of my most downloaded episodes ever was my interview with Film Industry vet and CEO of Stage32.com, RB Botto (Click here to listen to that interview). Ever since then I’ve been wanting to…

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IFH 133: Sydney Freeland: Working with Netflix & Maintaining Creative Freedom

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 27, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 133: Sydney Freeland: Working with Netflix & Maintaining Creative Freedom
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Sydney Freeland: Working with Netflix & Maintaining Creative Freedom SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast I ran into many filmmakers while fighting the blizzard at this year’s Sundance Film Festival but one of the most impressive of the bunch was director Sydney Freeland. Sydney has had a challenging journey to become a…

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IFH 130: Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team – Creating a Brand & Making Killer Films

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 24, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 130: Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team – Creating a Brand & Making Killer Films
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Creating a Brand & Making Killer Films with Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast I wanted to do something special for the Indie Film Hustle Tribe this year. I’m in Park City, UT interview some AMAZING filmmakers, producers, agents and actors. In celebration of Sundance I’ll be…

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How to Get Your Film into the Sundance Film Festival with Trevor Groth

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 23, 2017 | 1 Comment
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How to Get Your Film into the Sundance Film Festival with Trevor Groth So I can safely say most filmmakers want their films played at the Sundance Film Festival. Getting in to Sundance is like winning the lottery. Former guest and all around cool guy Sebastian Twardosz, had the pleasure of sitting down with Sundance Film Festival Director…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Life After Winning Sundance with Diane Bell

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 20, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Life After Winning Sundance with Diane Bell

Life After Winning Sundance with Diane Bell I always talk about not counting on the “lottery ticket” mentality that so many filmmakers today count on. Winning Sundance is not a distribution plan. Well, I was involved in a project, written and directed by Diane Bell, that did just that. It won not one but two…

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IFH 129: 5 Rules to Make Money Selling Indie Films

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 16, 2017 | 2 Comments
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Making Movies for Fun and Profit! I feel that one of the reasons I was put on this earth was to help filmmakers and artist make money selling their films and art. There’s no reason why filmmakers shouldn’t be able to make a steady income from their films. You can here my inspiration rant on…

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