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Avatar_17f889c2a71a_64 Distrify and The D-Word announce strategic partnership

Members of The D-Word documentary community can now "sell movies socially" with Distrify. The Distrify player can easily be embedded in film profiles and postings on The D-Word.

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Peter Gerard
Wed 23 Nov 2011Link

My bank charges $1 for ZashPay. We have no hidden fees. It's complicated for us to do US bank transfers, and I'm always trying to find the cheapest way to do this so you get the most money possible. If you know of a better transfer solution, please tell me.

I agree with Jon, DVDs are slowly on their way out. We of course support all merchandise so you can continue to provide options for different tastes.


David Herman
Wed 23 Nov 2011Link

Chocolate cake?


Doug Block
Wed 23 Nov 2011Link

Sex toys?


Ethan Isenberg
Wed 23 Nov 2011Link

Congrats, btw, on the deal with Film Transit. I take it that they have exclusive digital rights to the films that they are putting up. Otherwise, one would think that the filmmakers would prefer to do it themselves, rather than having to split the money with a distributor. After all, that's the model that you're pushing.

This may be a better question for the streaming topic, but with the rising popularity of streaming/downloading, do you find that most people are watching the films on their laptops, tablets, and phones? I'm in the minority of people that have a dedicated home theater PC hooked up to my plasma TV (and both my TV and blu-ray player connect to certain streaming services), so I always try to watch films on the TV. I have a sense that most people don't connect their laptop to the TV either. That means that even if they have Apple TV or the Roku box, they won't be watching content from providers like Distrify on their TV.


Peter Gerard
Thu 24 Nov 2011Link

David and Doug, sounds like you two need to have a date here

Some filmmakers prefer DIY, others do not. With Films Transit we are setting up a model that should be the best of both worlds.

We do have some people watching Distrify films on their Apple TV and others using other boxes. You're right that most people do not have their TVs connected to their PCs, and it's also true that most people who have bought TVs with built-in wifi/internet don't actually use it. For streaming, most people are using their PC or laptop. For downloads we don't know. Also, tablets are certainly more popular for viewing than phones, but people discover trailers on their phones, since that's where a lot of Twitter/FB traffic comes from. So we suppor them all.


Jo-Anne Velin
Thu 24 Nov 2011Link

Peter, can you post the other announcement here yet? I read about it before boarding the train yesterday...


Ben Kempas
Thu 24 Nov 2011Link

This one?

Feels like we were pioneers on The D-Word once again... but who gives us credit? :-)


Peter Gerard
Fri 25 Nov 2011Link

The D-Word was mentioned on the front page of IDFA daily on saturday...


David Herman
Fri 25 Nov 2011Link

which saturday?



David Weissman
Sat 5 Jan 2013Link

Wow, I was completely unaware of this collaboration until just now!


Matt Dubuque
Mon 14 Jan 2013Link

Yes indeed, myself as well.

Have there been new developments since November 28, 2011 that I might want to learn about?


Ben Kempas
Wed 16 Jan 2013Link

Yes indeed, we have something pretty cool to announce very soon. Stay tuned!


Matt Dubuque
Wed 16 Jan 2013Link

Thanks Ben, will do, I'll check this channel regularly!


Peter Gerard
Wed 16 Jan 2013Link

Yes, excited to get that announced!


Malkia K. Lydia
Sat 19 Jan 2013Link

I finally read through this topic and the various Distrify examples and links. This looks great. I am very interested in hearing the new announcement. I also would like to hear what has developed for offering free screenings via Distrify. Earlier posters talked about their willingness to pay the associated costs if they offered streaming free to select viewers. I wonder if free viewings could be available on a wider basis via Distrify – say I want to have some free titles on my site, using the same platform and interface as my pay titles. Is there a way to price that type of service where it makes sense for the filmmaker and for Distrify?


Peter Gerard
Sat 19 Jan 2013Link

We have a system in the works for sending out free preview screeners (for festival programmers, reviewers, etc.). We also have an option where you can allow people to view for free if they sign up to your mailing list. The final pricing for these is being worked out and we anticipate launching these products soon, but if you want early access, just let us know.


Brian Parsons
Tue 19 Feb 2013Link

I just saw this too. I spoke with someone at Distrify last year and it sounded great so I'm interesting in hearing more about this collaboration with D-Word. Guess I need to hang out here more often as well since it's filled with fellow doc makers


Brian Parsons
Tue 19 Feb 2013Link

btw, for anyone interested in collaborative film projects, below is a link for the first globally collaborative music doc in history. Filming started in 2000 and ongoing to this day and will be released in volumes. The series features a lot of respected music artists and labels you may recognize, especially if you're in to more underground electronic music, but it doesn't feature electronic music only. There's a list of artists and labels on the Facebook page and we're redoing the website. Anyone into experimental, electronic or more underground music let me know, I'd love to chat, we work with filmmakers around the world so maybe you or someone you know would be interested in being part of the project. Cheers

http://www.facebook.com/InSearchOfSound


Matt Dubuque
Fri 1 Mar 2013Link

I heard that distrify films are now available for viewing by a clicking on a link on our home page, but i can't seem to find it..... where is that?

Great news!


Christopher Pavsek
Sat 2 Mar 2013Link

Can someone explain how to get my distrify film connected to the "watch films" link?


Ben Kempas
Sat 2 Mar 2013Link Tag

In reply to Matt Dubuque's post on Fri 1 Mar 2013 :

'Watch Films' in the top menu.

Official press release here

Screen Daily coverage

Edited Sat 2 Mar 2013 by Ben Kempas

Ben Kempas
Sat 2 Mar 2013Link

In reply to Christopher Pavsek's post on Sat 2 Mar 2013 02:43 CET :

Send us the link and we'll add it. It's a curated collection, nothing automated.


Donald Goldmacher
Mon 4 Mar 2013Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Sat 2 Mar 2013 :
In that case please add www.Heist-themovie.com to the list. We go live on Distrify this week.


Peter Gerard
Mon 4 Mar 2013Link

In reply to Donald Goldmacher's post on Sun 3 Mar 2013 :

I've added Heist – it will appear automatically when your film is available. The collection is geo-filtered so you'll only see films that are available in your region.


Donald Goldmacher
Wed 6 Mar 2013Link

Thank you so much, Peter, for your help.


Peter Gerard
Tue 12 Mar 2013Link

You're welcome!


David Weissman
Thu 14 Mar 2013Link

Peter – I assume you've seen the vimeo announcement? http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2013/03/13/the-dish-model-ctd-11/

How do you see this impacting Distrify?


Peter Gerard
Sun 24 Mar 2013Link

Hi David,
Distrify provides a unique service unlike anything else on the market. We have yet to see any service or product offered by any other that compares. As such, we don't want to predict the impact of other products.
Thanks for using Distrify!


Jeremy Ansell
Mon 6 May 2013Link

I mentioned this before but Distrify causes Chrome to crash on some computers. No other video embeds cause this to happen just Distrify.


John Burgan
Tue 7 May 2013Link

Probably a good idea to contact the Distrify team directly, Jeremy.


Peter Gerard
Sun 12 May 2013Link

Hi Jeremy,

Sorry you're having trouble with Chrome – I also have a lot of trouble with Google's browser. The problem you are experiencing is not related to The D-Word or Distrify. Unfortunately Chrome is one of the buggiest browsers available. In Google's rush to add lots of cool new features it means that they are constantly updating an unstable browser. On my computer it causes all kinds of problems, from random crashes (on many different websites including various video sites) to garbled text on 20% of websites. Interestingly Chrome never crashes on Distrify on any of our computers.

If you are using websites that need the latest cutting edge features that Chrome offers, unfortunately you'll have to put up with some strange behaviour and crashes. To improve things, I would recommend completely removing Chrome and all its related files from your computer and then re-install it from scratch.

Or if you want a more stable web browsing experience, you can try Safari (for Mac) or IE10 (for Windows). In my experience, Firefox has similar stability problems to Chrome since Mozilla has emulated Google's rush to release updates every few weeks.


Matt Dubuque
Sat 29 Jun 2013Link

Hello, small potatoes here, hopefully bigger tomatoes in the future.

I'd like to stream the trailer to my film 100 Trees at Distrify and charge a very modest sum for it.

I did not want it to be free of charge however.

How can I learn more about what might be mutually suitable as a possible way to proceed here?

That would include learning what your costs and requirements were.

I'd like to finish the trailer by July 21.

Edited Sat 29 Jun 2013 by Matt Dubuque

Peter Gerard
Sun 30 Jun 2013Link

Hi Matt,
With Distrify you can set your own price and make it available as long as you want. There's no charge to get your first film uploaded and selling via Distrify and then there are just modest transaction fees on sales coming in. Please have a look here for details and for a link to sign up: https://distrify.com/plan
Hope this helps!
Peter


Matt Dubuque
Sun 30 Jun 2013Link

It does, thanks Peter!


Rich Garella
Sun 21 Jul 2013Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Sat 2 Mar 2013 :

Please add "Who Killed Chea Vichea?" as well. Thanks!
http://www.whokilledcheavichea.com/seeit.html



Rich Garella
Tue 23 Jul 2013Link

Thanks much, Peter – we're excited to be on this platform!


Elizabeth Yoffe
Tue 6 Aug 2013Link

After exploring and using other distribution methods (including turning down a nice offer from a good traditional doc distributor) we have been using Distrify for our film My Big Break. We've been very, very pleased with the sales, the control and the customer service. We'll use Distrify again on our other projects. Thank goodness for you guys.


Peter Gerard
Fri 9 Aug 2013Link

Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for the positive feedback! Would you be happy for us to reprint your testimonial?


Elizabeth Yoffe
Fri 9 Aug 2013Link

Yes. We'd be more than pleased.


Karney Hatch
Thu 29 Aug 2013Link

My first film, "Overdrawn!", is finally streaming online via Distrify:


Peter Gerard
Thu 29 Aug 2013Link

Cool! I've added it to The D-Word collection!


Chihiro Geuzebroek
Wed 2 Oct 2013Link

Just curious about TIMING distrifying your work: Do you wait till you've premiered a big festival, premiered on TV, till X or Y? Or do you just start distrifying when your movie is finished? Would love to hear from D-worders how they approached it!


Ben Kempas
Thu 3 Oct 2013Link Tag

I think the main consideration is not the one about theatrical or TV windows, but when and in what setting you can build the most effective campaign for the film.
Only when you have many allies in getting the message out will you succeed in TVOD sales. Find media partners, bloggers, organisations related to the subject matter, etc who will embed the player. Then try and coordinate your launch across these platforms so they'll all start talking about your film around the same time.
That all said, there are certain restrictions: many cinemas still don't like VOD availability prior a theatrical run. And a VOD release prior to theatrical would also disqualify a film from Oscar eligibility (if that's a concern).


Chihiro Geuzebroek
Fri 4 Oct 2013Link

Thanks Ben! That makes sense...

I'm Not to bothered with the Oscar eligibility(dont see that happening), I just dont want to shoot myself in the foot by distrifying too soon (in the great order of things when it comes to release).

The movie has really grown from grassroot participation, volunteers, (micro) crowdfunding and doing shows in between on the topic of the movie. So people are asking about it... frequently...I feel unsure, now that the movie is finished... how long I need to tell people to wait... as along the way I found that a lot of people loved the project and the idea... want to see and buy the movie (going on what I've been told) where as Dutch TV media parties never warmed up to it as it was 'Too difficult to market in a saturated media sphere' or 'too marginal'.

I guess every project is different and you never know 100% if you are taking the right approach... trial and error...

There have been environmental organizations that were not interested in getting into the production but told me they want to help in distribution... as it was inline with their vision and mission. Time to get a campaign build up thing going then...


Colin Powers
Fri 28 Feb 2014Link

Our first film "Beyond the Bottom Line: American Worker Cooperatives" is on Distrify.


Mike Hedge
Thu 27 Mar 2014Link

our huge documentary, As The Dust Settles: A Participatory Documentary Shot at Burning Man is on several platforms http://www.asthedust.com

and Distrify as well:

http://distrify.com/films/7789-as-the-dust-settles


Doug Block
Fri 28 Mar 2014Link

This is now triple posting, Mike (or possibly the 4th time, I've lost count.) A big fat no-no.


Mike Hedge
Fri 28 Mar 2014Link

Hey Doug, I followed the guidelines. I only posted where it was ok. In the self-promotion topic, in the introduce yourself topic, and in this distrify topic, where I posted a link to our documentary that is now on distrify. sorry if I missed a guideline somewhere.

In reply to Doug Block's post on Fri 28 Mar 2014 :


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