Industry pundits have predicted that thousands of independent art houses will be forced out of business in the next few years due to the cost of digital-projection installation (upwards of $70,000). Couple that with the narrowing of the gap between theatrical and home-market release dates, and most importantly with rapidly evolving technologies and platforms for on-demand streaming at home, on the road and through smart phones and every conceivable mobile device, and indie exhibitors truly are facing an unparalleled crisis.
What do these changes mean for independent filmmakers, distributors and theaters? What previously untapped forms of revenue will evolve to sustain a sector that is increasingly being squeezed by their much bigger studio cousins?
For a better understanding of these complex issues, join theatrical distribution veterans and new-tech and -platform entrepreneurs in a spirited discussion on the thrills and hazards of releasing indie films and creating new forms of intellectual property in this decentralized moment. Reception with the panelists, catered by Il Davide restaurant, follows the panel.
Jan Klingelhofer, Principal, Pacific Film Resources, has worked in movie distribution and exhibition for over thirty years. Formerly Landmark Theatre Corporation's Vice President of Film Buying, Klingelhofer launched her own consulting service advising independent theatre owners in the U.S. and is one of the founding members of the Art House Convergence leadership committee.
John Corpus, the CEO of Milyoni, which assists entertainment companies in leveraging the power of social networking on Facebook. Milyoni has powered some of the biggest social entertainment campaigns on the site, including its first pay-per-view offering, The Dark Knight.
Eric Lachter, the Director of Marketing at Roku, which is the little box that lets you stream Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus and 500 other channels to your TV.
Moderator: Tiffany Shlain, Award-winning filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards and co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Honored byNewsweek as one of the "Women Shaping the 21st Century," Shlain's most recent four films all premierd at Sundance, including her acclaimed 2011 documentary Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology.