How has reaction been to the film? And how were you able to snag a release with a major independent distributor (Avatar Films) and a major theatrical venue (New York’s Film Forum)?
From last September to now, Zero Day has done well on the festival circuit. I did not get into any of the majors – Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Berlin, but I did play a ton of great regional fests. I also won several of them; taking home juried prizes for best feature, audience awards, sometimes both, and one prize for my two leads.
I tried to go to as many screenings as I could for Q&As. The most intense screenings and festival experience I had was probably Denver for obvious reasons.
Getting a distributor was a combination of luck and persistence. I got nowhere until about eight months into my festival run. One of the jurors at the Florida Film Festival, a director named Raymond De Felitta, introduced me to Richard Abramowitz and Adam Brightman who eventually served as producer’s reps for the movie, an invaluable service.
After that, it was much easier to get the attention of indie/art house distributors. I went with Avatar because I felt they had the right idea on how to release this movie. I am extremely proud and honored to open at the Film Forum. It has always been my favorite NYC movie theater.
Posted on September 2, 2003 in Interviews by Phil Hall
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