Two Academy Award-nominated films are on this weekend’s offerings of specialty releases. Undefeated directors Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin shared with me their charmed experience bringing their Oscar-nominated doc to the screen, while Bullhead director Michael R Roskam gave me insight into the maze of funding he exploited behind his feature heading to theaters Friday. On The Ice producer Cara Marcous offers her take on self-distribution. Strand Releasing’s Marcus Hu talks about walking a fine line releasing Michael, a film with good word of mouth but a taboo subject. And distributor Kino Lorber shares its marketing outreach to maximize its roll out of doc Putin’s Kiss.
One of two specialty Oscar-nominees coming out this week, the trajectory of this project from concept to completion is the sort of thing aspiring filmmakers dream of. After moving to Los Angeles, producer Rich Middlemas met up with Dan Lindsay for breakfast. The two lamented having to “find permission” to make a film. Lindsay told Deadline, “So we said, ‘let’s just find something and do it’…”