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Announcing the Filmmaker MBA

Announcing the Filmmaker MBA

We’ve got exciting news. This week, we launched the Filmmaker MBA, an online course and community teaching independent filmmakers how to find an audience, distribute their work, and build long-term careers. We had a massive response to our beta launch. We added 25 members in 15 minutes, then expanded to 100 in the first 24 hours. If you’d like to join the Filmmaker MBA, we’re offering a 50% discount to new members. Sign up here and use the discount code LAUNCH. We’re really excited to share the Filmmaker MBA…

Our Journey to Memphis

Our Journey to Memphis

Exciting developments for our film America Lost After more than a year of filming in Stockton and Youngstown, we’ve begun shooting in our third and final city: Memphis, Tennessee. We discovered Memphis on a long research trip earlier this year, when we traveled from New Orleans all the way through the Mississippi Delta, then up to Memphis. When we touched down, we knew we’d found our final location for the film. Our next step was to find the right characters. Over…

Film Trooper Podcast

Film Trooper Podcast

This morning, we did a great interview about new film distribution strategies with Scott McMahon at Film Trooper. For the full podcast and show notes: filmtrooper.com/077-how-a-filmmak…christopher-rufo/.

VIDEO: Fledgling Fund Engagement Lab

VIDEO: Fledgling Fund Engagement Lab

I just spoke with the incredible filmmakers in the Fledgling Fund Engagement Lab about how indie film distribution is changing and what they can do to succeed in this new world. We talked economics, distribution, strategy, and even about my time working the graveyard shift as a security guard while editing my first documentary. Watch the session now: Here are the films in the Engagement Lab: Private Violence SEED: The Untold Story 15 to Life The Return The C Word Food Chains…

Video: Doc Distribution Masterclass at SIFF

Video: Doc Distribution Masterclass at SIFF

In case you missed it, here’s the full 60-minute video of our “Filmmaker MBA” masterclass at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF).  We developed this seminar to empower filmmakers to take control of their destiny and build thriving businesses around their work. We share groundbreaking strategies, real-world tactics, and a detailed case study on how we earned more than $1.2 million with our last film. In the presentation, we cover the following topics: Economics for Indies Business Basics for Creatives…

7 Ways to Maximize Your Film’s Distribution

7 Ways to Maximize Your Film’s Distribution

We’ve been getting a lot of attention lately for the innovative distribution strategies we’ve used for our films. Indiewire recently wrote an in-depth piece analyzing the success of our last film, Age of Champions, which grossed more than $1.2 million mostly through direct distribution. This Sunday, we’re sharing some of our secrets at the Seattle International Film Festival. We’re teaching a masterclass called Filmmaker MBA, where we’ll teach filmmakers how to structure their business, secure distribution, build an audience, and monetize…

Watch New Clips from “America Lost”

Watch New Clips from “America Lost”

It’s been a busy winter. Last month, we spent two weeks on the road interviewing some of America’s most influential thinkers, including Robert Putnam, Francis Fukuyama, Joel Kotkin, and Robert Woodson. This week, we’ve been huddled in the editing studio with Emmy-nominated editor Faith Jones watching through the raw footage for America Lost. We’ve got some great clips to share with you, including family stories from the film and powerful sound bytes from our commentators. You can watch the clips…

Watch Our Films for Free

Watch Our Films for Free

This year, we’re celebrating the holiday spirit by offering you the opportunity to watch all our documentaries for free.  So, when you’re digesting Christmas dinner and scrolling hopeless through your Netflix queue, why not check out our films about Mongolian nomads, Chinese-Muslim baseball, and the Senior Olympics?  To that end, we’ve created a simple online screening room for you atwww.documentaryfoundation.org/screeners. We hope you can sit down over the holiday and share our work with the important people in your lives—and,…

We’re Making a New Film

We’re Making a New Film

Welcome to the Documentary Foundation’s first ever monthly newsletter, where we’ll share progress on our work, let you know about upcoming events, and give you a behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaking process. THE PATH TO OUR NEW FILM We’ve been on a journey. Over the past eight years, we’ve worked on films in China, Mongolia, Nigeria, Lebanon, Cyprus, France, Germany, and the United States. We’ve covered topics ranging from China’s Uyghur Muslim minority to the amazing competitors of the Senior Olympics. Along the way,…

New Website

New Website

Welcome to the new Documentary Foundation website. We’re hard at work producing America Lost and will keep you posted on the progress of the film.

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We’ll keep you posted with monthly updates on our films, screenings, behind-the-scenes, and general musings on cinema.