The Sundance Filmmaker Lodge hosted another meet and greet, this time with funders, television distributors and sales reps. Met Ruby Lerner, who some of you will remember used to be the Executive Director of IMAGE.
Panelists included Ruby Lerner of Creative Capital, Lois Vossen from ITVS and Independent Lens (met with her last year), Julie Goldman from Cactus Three, Josh Braun from Submarine Entertainment, Andrew Herwitz from Film Sales, Ryan Harrington from Gucci Tribeca Doc Funs.
Basically, everyone introduced themselves, the films they represent and what they are looking for. It was interesting, but they mostly seem to want to fund artists who are working in the documentary medium for the long haul. Again, they pointed me to their sports docs division. They all agree that since my film is serious, but well balanced (so I say) with humor and hope, that I have a greater chance of getting serious consideration at festivals and with distributors. I briefly discussed my interest in self-distribution vs. studio distribution and they all felt that I had a great chance at success with that approach, and still would have an opportunity to get broadcast on television.