Jeff Lipsky - Optimistic World-Class Indie Film Distributor is Back in the Game
Jeff Lipsky isn't buying into the indie movie malaise. In fact, Jeff says the indie film business is in "great shape." Ignoring Jeff is not an option. He's one of the smartest and most experienced people I've met in the indie film business AND Jeff is willing to back up his enthusiasm by working (once again) as an independent distributor for hire.
Jeff is more than an indie film distribution veteran, he is something of a legend. Jeff started with John Cassavetes (from 1974 through 1979) distributing films like A Woman Under the Influence. Next Jeff worked at New Yorker Films, distributing films like Jean-Luc Godard’s Every Man For Himself and Louis Malle’s My Dinner With Andre in 1981 and 1982. Jeff's next stop was at Samuel Goldwyn Films where he handled Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise in 1984 and then on to Skouras Pictures where he released Lasse Hallstrom’s My Life as a Dog in 1987. In 1990 (along with Bingham Ray) Jeff co-founded indie distribution company October Films which (through a series of mergers that began in 1997 when Universal acquired a majority interest in October) became Focus Features.
Having left distribution to make his own films (Flannel Pajamas co-starring Justin Kirk and Julianne Nicholson, which was a 2006 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition Selection, and Once More With Feeling co-starring Chazz Palminteri, Drea De Matteo, and Linda Fiorentino, which was a 2009 Sundance Film Festival American Spectrum selection), Jeff has recently returned to representing filmmakers and producers seeking a theatrical release.
It's not as if Jeff has lost his touch or his energy: In 2007, on a “service deal” basis, Jeff released Sweet Land, the award-winning documentaries The Bridge and The War Tapes, and his own film Flannel Pajamas. Jeff can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Randy Finch on Sunday, March 14, 2010
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