We’re excited to dig into film Distribution today, and pleased to be joined by Richard Castro (COO & VP, Distribution & Acquisitions) of Cinema Libre, a leader in the social impact space.
Richard joined Cinema Libre Studio in 2004, less than a year after the launch of the company. Initially leading outreach efforts on films like Outfoxed and The Future of Food, he eventually took over domestic theatrical distribution responsibilities for over thirty of the studio's releases, including Betty Blue: the Director's Cut, The End of Poverty?, South of the Border. In his current role, he oversees distribution and acquisitions while managing day-to-day operations of the company. Prior to joining Cinema Libre, Richard worked in production at Lorimar Television and in the domestic distribution and international marketing divisions of 20th Century Fox and Fox Video, respectively.
1. Tells us more about Cinema Libre and your mission as a company, and your emphasis on these social issue projects.
2. Please share title or two, you have represented over the years, and a sample model of your work with that project. For example, you see a movie at a film festival (or submission) and choose to acquire it. What the process from there?
Any newer projects that are in current release, or coming soon, we should know about?
3. With all the new distribution models, how much of your business today is driven by theatrical release vs all the digital platforms?
4. Would you say overall, this is a very exciting time for independent film, and social impact filmmaking? Or that system is broken and many more changes are coming that will give more structure to distribution models?
5. You do have a production division. Do you have targets for how many films you want to make each year? Budget range? Do you consider unsolicited projects?
Tips for filmmakers to keep in mind?
Richard gives us his 2 movie picks!
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This is a very exciting time for social impact cinema, as a low barrier to entry combines with an increase in public interest for Cause Cinema.