Towerhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/tower.phpShortlisted in the Best Documentary Feature category of the 2017 Academy Awards®! TFC is handling worldwide festival distribution for Keith Maitland’s animated documentary about the 1966 shootings at the University of Texas at Austin. The film premiered at SXSW, where it picked up both a grand jury and an audience award.
Hooligan Sparrowhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/hooligansparrow.phpShortlisted in the Best Documentary Feature category of the 2017 Academy Awards®! TFC is handing Festival and Theatrical Distribution for Nanfu Wang’s debut feature, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Winner of numerous film festival jury prizes and the 2016 IDA Award for Emerging Documentary Filmmaker. Now also a Truer Than Fiction Spirit Award Winner!
Camerapersonhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/cameraperson.phpShortlisted in the Best Documentary Feature category of the 2017 Academy Awards®! TFC is handling worldwide Festival Distribution for veteran cinematograher Kristen Johnson’s new documentary memoir, as she reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. Camerperson. This Sundance doc also won the 2016 IDA Award for Best Editing.
The Bad Kidshttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/thebadkids.phpTFC is thrilled to be handing for worldwide Festival Distribution this year’s Sundance U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Vérité Filmmaking. Winner of the 2016 IDA Award for Best Music.
Uncle Howardhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/unclehoward.phpTFC is handling worldwide festival distribution and the U.S. theatrical release of Aaron Brookner’s new documentary, which premiered at Sundance 2016. Now playing at IFC Center in New York City.
Landfill Harmonic A Symphony of the Human Spirithttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/landfillharmonic.phpTFC is handling Festival and Theatrical Distribution for this wonderful crowd-pleaser, which has won many best documentary audience awards, including SXSW and AFI FEST, and the Humanitas Prize for Best Documentary.
Equal Means Equalhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/equalmeansequal.phpTFC is handling Film Festival and Community Screening Distribution for the Equal Rights Amendment documentary that Patricia Arquette referenced during her speech at the Academy Awards® last year. Winner of the Best Documentary Award at Micheal Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival 2016.
Forever Purehttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/foreverpure.phpTFC is handling North American Festival Distribution for Maya Zinshtein’s award-winning documentary about horrifying racism in an Israeli soccer league. North American premiere was at TIFF 2016.
Off the Rails The Darius McCollum Storyhttp://www.offtherailsmovie.comThe theatrcial release of Adam Irving’s impressively-reviewed doc OFF THE RAILS is now playing at the Metrograph Theatre in New York City now through December 14. The winner of 9 jury awards.
Boonehttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/boone.phpTFC is handling Festival distribution for Christopher LaMarca’s poetic, verite new doc, which world premiered at SXSW this year and centers on the struggles of a small Oregon farm as it strives to maintain a lifestyle of sustainability and self-reliance.
Untouchablehttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/untouchable.phpTFC is for Festival distribution David Feige’s fearless new documentary about the issues surrounding child sexual abuse and the sex offender registry in America. Winner of the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director award at Tribeca.
Out Runhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/outrun.phpTFC is handling worldwide festival distribution for co-directors S. Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons’ OUT RUN, which follows the world’s only LGBT political party wage a historic quest to elect a trans woman to the Philippine Congress.
Jewel’s Catch Onehttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/jewelscatchone.phpTFC is handling worldwide sales and festival distribution for C. Fitz's doc about the legendary Los Angeles nightclub Catch One and the impact owner Jewel Thais-Williams imparted on her community as she spent 40 years presiding over the oldest black owned disco in America. Screening at Urbanworld and BFI London.
Icaros A Visionhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/icaros.phpTFC is handling worldwide Festivals and Sales for Leonor Carabello & Matteo Norzi’s feature, which held its world premiere at Tribeca.
Maya Angelou And Still I Risehttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/mayaangelou.phpTFC is thrilled to be handling worldwide Festival Distribution for this beautifully crafted film about an American civil rights legend. Premiered at Sundance 2016.
Hunky Doryhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/hunkydory.phpTFC is handling Festivals for this Slamdance Jury Special Mention, Best Narrative Feature, directed by Michael Curtis Johnson.
I Promise You Anarchy Te Prometo Anarquíahttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/ipromiseyouanarchy.phpTFC is handling North American distribution for Julio Hernández Cordón’s new feature, which premiered at Toronto last summer.
Racing Extinctionhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/racingextinction.phpTFC is proud to be handling worldwide Festival Distribution for Oscar®-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove)’s undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction.
The Hunting Groundhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/thehuntingground.phpTFC is handling international festival distribution for Kirby Dick's timely follow up to his Emmy award-wining and Academy Award-nominated film, The Invisible War. The film, which examines the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses in the U.S., premiered at Sundance 2015.
All Eyes and Earshttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/alleyesandears.phpTFC is handling worldwide Festival Distribution for Vanessa Hope’s feature documentary debut, which premiered at Tribeca and premiered internationally at Karlovy Vary.
The Armor of Lighthttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/thearmoroflight.phpTFC is handling worldwide Festival Distribution for Abigail Disney's new doc, which premiered at Tribeca earlier this year. U.S. Theatrical began on October 30.
(T)ERRORhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/terror.phpTFC is handling festival distribution and theatrical distribution for this IDA Emerging Documentary Filmmaker(s) Award, Cinema Eye Honor, Full Frame Grand Jury Prize and Sundance Special Jury Prize winning doc. The film also won a Special Mention Award at CPH:DOX. (T)ERROR’s subject was also named one of Cinema Eye’s 15 “The Unforgettables”. (T)ERROR is also an IDA Nominee.
Tab Hunter Confidentialhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/tabhunterconfidential.phpTFC continues its partnership with Jeffrey Schwarz as he premieres his latest documentary on Tab Hunter at SXSW. TFC is handling worldwide Festival Distribution, worldwide Sales, and U.S. Theatrical, which is now underway in 50 cities!
Somewhere in the Middlehttp://www.sitmfilm.comTFC has secured a secured a distribution deal (details TBA) for Gotham Award-nominated director Lanre Olabisi’s second feature, which recently won an Audience Award for Best Feature at Urbanworld Film Festival in New York.
Naz & Maalikhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/nazandmaalik.phpTFC is handling international Festival Distribution for Jay Dockendorf’s new feature, which premiered at SXSW earlier this year.
Those Peoplehttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/thosepeople.phpTFC is handling worldwide festivals for Joey Kuhn’s new feature. World Premiere at Seattle International Film Festival.
The New Man El Hombre Nuevohttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/thenewman.phpTFC is handling worldwide Festivals for the winner of this year's Teddy Award at Berlinale.
Harold and Lillian A Hollywood Love Storyhttp://danielraim.com/harold-and-lillian/TFC congratulates longtime member Daniel Raim on his Cannes Film Festival premiere! TFC is advising on Sales and Festival Distribution.
The Year We Thought About Lovehttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/theyearwethoughtaboutlove.phpTFC is handling festival distribution for this heartwarming doc about an LGBT theater troupe for inner city Boston youth ages 14-22 that performs plays about their lives to packed high school auditoriums.
Regarding Susan Sontaghttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/regardingsusansontag.phpTFC handled worldwide festivals for this Tribeca Film Festival Special Jury Prize-winning documentary, which premiered on HBO on December 8.
The Royal Roadhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/theroyalroad.phpTFC is handling worldwide festival distribution for acclaimed filmmaker Jenni Olson’s THE ROYAL ROAD, which continues to receive rave reviews ever since recent Sundance 2015 premiere.
Appropriate Behaviorhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/appropriatebehavior.phpTFC handled Festival Distribution for Desiree Akhavan’s new feature, which premiered at Sundance 2014. Look for it in theaters and on VOD January 16, 2015. Desiree Akhavan has also been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.
Evolution of a Criminalhttp://www.facebook.com/evolutionofacriminalTFC-Direct serviced the U.S. Theatrical Release of this crticially-acclaimed film, which just earned director Darius Clark Monroean Independent Spirit Award nomination for the Truer than Fiction Award.
Out in the Nighthttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/outinthenight.phpTFC handled festivals for Blair Dorosh-Walther’s riveting new documentary that reveals the power of film to combat violence and discrimination in the U.S. criminal justice system.
The Invisible Warhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/theinvisiblewar.phpTFC handled North American sales and festival distribution for Kirby Dick's shocking expose about the US military. Sundance Audience Award Winner, Academy Award Nominated and Emmy Nominated for Best Documentary and Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long-Form.
Valentine Roadhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/valentineroad.phpTFC handled festivals for this powerful HBO documentary, which premiered at Sundance. Emmy Nominated for Best Documentary and Outstanding Coverage a Current News Story—Long Form.
Cesar’s Last Fasthttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/cesarslastfast.phpTFC handled Festival Distribution for this official Sundance 2014 selection, which weaves together the larger story of Chavez’s life, vision, and legacy using never-before-seen footage of Chavez during his fast and testimony from those closest to him.
Selling Your Film Outside the U.S.http://www.sellingyourfilm.comVolume 2 in our Cast Study book series, Selling Your Film Outside the U.S., is now available for FREE in a variety of digital formats. This volume focuses on distribution in Europe.
The Doghttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/thedog.phpTFC handled Festival Distribution for this intimate portrait of John Wojtowicz, the man who inspired Al Pacino’s character in Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon. The film premiered last year in the Toronto International Film Festival and will play at Berlin this year.
To Be Takeihttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/tobetakei.phpTFC handled festival distribution for Jennifer Kroot’s new Sundance doc about the remarkable career of George Takei—from a child forced into Japanese-American internment camps, to his iconic role in the original Star Trek series, to a witty and sharp-tongued social media activist.
Born to Fly Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravityhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/borntofly.phpTFC handed Festival Distribution and Theatrical for Catherine Gund's SXSW doc, choreographer Elizabeth Streb, whose Extreme Action Company crafts a unique style of high-flying, high-impact, dare-all contemporary dance.
Song From the Foresthttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/songfromtheforest.phpTFC handled Festival Distribution and U.S. Theatrical for Michael Obert new feature that won Best Feature-Length Documentary at IDFA and played Thessaloniki and SXSW.
The Amina Profilehttp://www.theaminaprofile.comThe Film Collaborative handled U.S. Festivals for Sophie Deraspe’s new feature, which premiered at Sundance 2015.
The Immortalistshttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/theimmortalists.phpTwo eccentric scientists struggle to create eternal youth in this new SXSW doc by David Alvarado & Jason Sussberg. TFC handled worldwide festival distribution.
Kidnapped For Christhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/kidnappedforchrist.phpTFC handled festivals for this fascinating doc by Kate S. Logan, premiering at Slamdance.
The Big Askhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/sales/thebigaskTFC handled for North American sales this new dark comedy, formerly known as Teddy Bears, starring Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Knighton, David Krumholtz, Melanie Lynskey, Ahna O'Reilly, and Jason Ritter.
How to Start Your Own Countryhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/howtostartyourowncountry.phpTFC handled World Sales and Film Festival Distribution for this amazing documentary by Jody Shapiro, which premiered at TIFF and played at IDFA.
I Am Divinehttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/iamdivine.phpTFC handled festivals, foreign sales and the U.S. theatrical for Jeffrey Schwartz' documentary about the one and only Divine, which premiered at SXSW and played at Sheffield. TFC also handled the theatrical release in the fall of 2014.
A River Changes Coursehttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/ariverchangescourse.phpTFC handled North American festivals for Kalyanee Mam's new documentary, which just received the World Cinema Jury Prize, Documentary at Sundance. Theatrical begins Oct. 4 in New York at IFC.
The New Blackhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/thenewblack.phpTFC handled Festival Distribution for Yoruba Richen's new documentary on the intersection between the African American community and marriage equality. Audience Award winner at AFI Docs and Frameline37.
Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventurehttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/shutuplittleman.phpThis offbeat doc world premiered at Sundance and New Directors/New Films. TFC represented U.S. sales (along with David Koh and Josh Braun) and distribution consultation.
G.B.F.http://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/gbf.phpTFC handled worldwide fests for G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend), which premiered at Tribeca.
Gore Vidal The United States of Amnesiahttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/gorevidal.phpTFC handled festivals for Nicholas Wrathall's fascinating Tribeca Film Festival documentary on Gore Vidal.
The Happy Sadhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/thehappysad.phpTFC handled festivals for Rodney Evans’ latest film.
Alunahttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/aluna.phpTFC handled festivals and niche marketing for this unique doc about a genuine lost civilization that emerges from the Colombian rainforest to warn about the dangers of environmental degradation.
Pit Stophttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/pitstop.phpTFC handled Festivals for Yen Tan's latest film, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards.
Leave It on the Floorhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/leaveitonthefloor.phpSheldon Larry's narrative feature set in Los Angeles' vogueing and ball culture premiered at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival, TIFF and Berlin 2012. TFC is handling worldwide sales and festival distribution.
A Fierce Green Firehttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/afiercegreenfire.phpMark Kitchell’s big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, which premiered at Sundance, now featuring narration by Robert Redford, Meryl Steep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, and Isabel Allende.
Interior. Leather Bar.http://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/interiorleatherbar.phpTFC handled Festivals for Travis Mathews’ film, which he co-directed with James Franco. It held its world premiered at Sundance.
Born This Wayhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/bornthisway.phpTFC handled worldwide fests for the Berlinale doc, about the efforts of a human rights activist who is fighting to protect the rights of gays and lesbians in Cameroon.
Some Guy Who Kills Peoplehttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/someguywhokillspeople.phpTFC consulted on distribution and handling sales in the US and English-speaking Canada for this new comedic horror-thriller starring Kevin Corrigan, Barry Bostwick and Karen Black.
Gaybyhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/gayby.phpTFC handled fests, sales and theatrical and advised on distribution for Jonathan Lisecki’s feature that premiered at SXSW.
Revenge of the Electric Carhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/revengeoftheelectriccar.phpWorld Premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. TFC advised on distribution.
Red Hook Summer A Spike Lee Filmhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/redhooksummer.phpTFC handled international festivals for Spike Lee’s RED HOOK SUMMER, which played at Sundance.
Keep the Lights Onhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/keepthelightson.phpTFC handled Festival Distribution in North America for Ira Sach's remarkable film that played Sundance, Berlinale and Tribeca. The film picked up two Jury Prizes at Outfest: Best Feature and Best Screenwriting.
Weekendhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/weekend.phpTFC handled world sales and festival distribution. Winner of SXSW Emerging Visions Audience Award and Outfest 2011 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature.
Facing Mirrorshttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/facingmirrors.phpTFC advised on worldwide distribution strategy for this powerful film from Iran, which won Jury awards at the 2011 Montreal World Film Festival and at Frameline36.
An African Electionhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/anafricanelection.phpTFC handled worldwide festivals and US theatrical for this Sundance 2011 Official Selection and 2012 Spirit Award nominee.
Vitohttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/vito.phpTFC handled worldwide film festivals for this important doc about 'The Celluloid Closet' author and LGBT activist Vito Russo. Now an Emmy™ winnter!
Elementalhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/elemental.phpTFC handled theatrical distribution for Gayatri Roshan and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee’s documentary Elemental.
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Samehttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/codependentlesbianspacealienseekssame.phpThis uproarious Sundance comedy hit is now available on DVD & Digital
Joshua Tree, 1951 A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951http://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/joshuatree1951.phpTFC handed festivals and sales for this innovative look at James Dean's early years in Hollywood.
Valley of Saintshttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/valleyofsaints.phpTFC handed sales for this multiple Sundance 2012 award-winning film set in Kashmir.
Jobriath A.D.http://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/jobriath.phpTFC handled sales and festivals for this fascinating look at the rise and fall of a unique rock artist.
The Wise Kidshttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/thewisekids.phpTFC handled festivals for Stephen Cone's coming-of-age story set in a Baptist church community. Winner of Jury awards for both US Dramatic Feature and Screenwriting at Outfest and Jury/Audience awards at Birmingham's Sidewalk/Shout. Also a New York Times Critics' Pick.
Transhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/trans.phpTFC handled Festivals and Digital and advisEd on Sales for this fantastic documentary that has won Best Documentary at Philadelphia QFest and the Torino GLBT Film Festival.
We Were Herehttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/wewerehere.phpTFC advised on distribution and worked in association with Producer's Rep Jonathan Dana for this Official Sundance 2011 Selection. One of indieWIRE's top 10 Indie Documentaries of 2011. Outfest 2011 Outstanding Documentary Feature winner. Now an Emmy™ nominee!
Hit So Hardhttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/hitsohard.phpFeatured at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival as well as Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films, TFC handled worldwide festivals for this hard hitting rock doc about Courtney Love's Hole drummer Patty Schemel.
Mosquita y Marihttp://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/mosquitaymari.phpTFC handled sales and festival distribution for Aurora Guerrero's first feature, which won Best First Feature and Best Actress at Outfest.
Undertow (Contracorriente)http://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/films/undertow.phpWorld Cinema Dramatic Audience Award winner at Sundance 2010 and worldwide Festival hit. TFC released theatrically.
The End of the Linehttp://endoftheline.comTFC handled the U.S. Event Exhibition and Theatrical Distribution for this Official 2009 Sundance Selection, the first major documentary to reveal the devastating effect of overfishing on the world’s ecosystems.
THE FILM COLLABORATIVE
Protecting filmmakers from the minefield of independent film distribution.
TFC is proud to announce our new initiative, Collaborative Releasing (click to see PDF of press release), which offers films the opportunity not only to work with us more closely, from the beginning of their journeys, but also to partner, when appropriate, with some of the biggest distribution experts in the independent film space. The intiative, limited to documentaries for the time being, combines film sales and licensing with a hybrid release plan. All the aspects of distribution that TFC is known for will be part of this initiative, including general advising, strategy, sales, festival distribution, theatrical, educational, and digital, and more. TFC will strategize with each filmmaking team to map out customized sales plans, as well as a “back-up” plan for any rights that are still available for licensing after the initial sales push. Please also see the annoucment in Variety.
TFC is pleased to announce that we, in conjunction with Michelle Mower of Imagination Worldwide, have a new book! Written by Roberta Marie Munroe, author of How Not To Make A Short Film, with contributions by our own Orly Ravid, How Not To Sign A Film Contract: Know What You’re Saying Yes To is now available in electronic formats on iBooks and in both paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.
TFC’s Theatrical Distribution Program, serviced by TFC offshoot Collaborative Releasing, specializes in low-cost, Hybrid-DIY theatrical releases of the best of the best from the festival circuit. Our growing list of titles includes award winners from IDFA, Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, and Tribeca Film Festivals. Most of our films’ theatrical engagements consist of over 20 bookings, and are critically acclaimed: our films average well above 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Check out our new Theatrical page.
TFC is proud to announce its new Fiscal Sponsorship Program, available to all filmmakers who have joined our team of filmmakers. Fiscal Sponsorship provides filmmakers with non-profit 501(c)(3) status for their project and enables them to secure funding from foundation, government or corporate sources, or private sources that give only to nonprofit organizations with IRS tax-exempt status.
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