Veteran Film Executives to Teach Film Distribution Seminar and Workshop for All Filmmakers October 25th in Washington DC

Released on: October 7, 2008, 10:00 am

Press Release Author: Passion River Films

Industry: Marketing

Press Release Summary: On October 25, 2008, President of Passion River Films, Allen
Chou, and President of Gallant Films, Josh Levin, will be hosting a film
distribution seminar and workshop to help teach filmmakers the art of marketing
their film and getting it distributed.

Press Release Body: With such great success in the New York City area, the film
distribution workshop taught by veteran industry Executives Allen Chou (President of
Passion River Films) and Josh Levin (President of Gallant Films) is traveling on a
National Tour and is stopping in the Washington DC area for the 1st time on October
25, 2008. As they have in the past, Allen and Josh will help spread valuable
knowledge to aspiring filmmakers who are interested in learning unique insider
methods on how to make money on Independent features, Documentary films,
Instructional DVDs, etc.

At their Film Distribution Seminar and Workshop, Allen and Josh will elaborate on
several urban myths about the filmmaking world, discussing topics such as “Why
getting your film into Sundance Film Festival just doesn’t matter”, “How to get film
festivals to pay YOU for screening your film”, and “Why the Internet is the most
important link in helping you make money”.

“Allen helped me understand the opportunities and at the same time helped steer away
from the pitfalls to get the most out of the projects I was attempting to maximize,”
says Tim Sullivan, Former Buyer, Netflix and Former Manager of Product Analysis &
Buyer, Blockbuster Video.

As these Veteran Film Executives understand the hardships of cash flow for
filmmakers, Allen and Josh are holding special promotions for friends of the
Washington Film Institute and Student Filmmakers.

Allen Chou is President of Sales and Acquisitions at Passion River Films, a NJ based
company that distributes over 300 documentaries. Many of his titles have landed
retail shelf space in stores such as: Wal-Mart, Barnes and Noble, Blockbuster Video,
Hollywood Video, Movie Gallery, Best Buy, and many more. In 2005, Allen established
a distribution partnership with Netflix, resulting in the release of over 180 titles
on their site; as well as other retail outlets. Internationally, he has attended
Film and TV markets such as the American Film Market in Santa Monica, CA and Cannes
Film Market in Cannes, France, where he marketed and licensed films and
documentaries worldwide to broadcasters and foreign home video distributors. Allen
Chou has recently taught a seminar class at the Fashion Institute of Technology in
NY on film distribution that attracted clients from New Jersey, New York, and

Josh Levin is a film marketing and distributing executive who has brought more than
30 feature films to the US marketplace, including top award winners for Cannes,
Sundance, Venice, Berlin, Toronto and Tribeca. As Chief Marketing Officer for Film
Movement, Josh learned how to get hard-to-place films in front of the eyes of
filmgoers across the country “by any means necessary,” from theatrical premieres in
New York City to library screenings in Butte, Montana - while also learning how to
get filmmakers paid for their art. Working with films with tiny of non-existent
marketing budgets is Josh’s forte. Since starting Gallant Films in 2007, Josh has
also begun working in production financing and consulting. Josh got his MBA from
Columbia Business School, and his BA from the University of Michigan.

The Film Distribution Workshop and Seminar will be held at Lounge 201, 201
Massachusetts Ave, NE, Washington DC (One block from Union Station). Limited
seating. Register at

To learn more about the Film Distribution Seminar and Workshop, visit

Web Site:

Contact Details: Mat Levy
Passion River Films
416 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Metuchen, NJ 08840
732-321-0711 x135

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