Is Self-Distribution A Way to Go for Indie Black Filmmakers?
No need to tell you that the distribution game has radically changed in just a few short years. I recall it wasn’t that long ago when you would ask an independent filmmaker what their plans were for their film, and they would immediately tell you that it was to find a distributor, and make a deal to have their film released.
Today, you rarely hear filmmakers say that, considering all the other options now currently available that were unthinkable just a few years ago.
And one of those options is self-distribution – something that was considered nearly impossible until recently. There are black indie filmmakers who have succeeded in releasing their own films entirely independently, like Halie Gerima, and, more recently, Nefertite Nguvu, with her feature film debut film, “In the Morning.”
So is self distribution the only logical path for black indie filmmakers? Why beat your brains out trying to find a major, mini or indie distributor to handle your film