The second in our Screen Talks webinar series is taking place on Thursday, April 23 at 16:00 BST, and will look at how arthouse distributors and exhibitors are partnering in various revenue-sharing “virtual cinema” models in response to theatre closures during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Richard Lorber, president and CEO of New York-based Kino Lorber, Michael Rosenberg, president of New York-based Film Movement, and Eve Gabereau, managing director of UK-based Modern Films, join Screen’s Americas editor Jeremy Kay in a free live discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities of taking releases into the virtual realm.
Gabereau’s Modern Films is presently streaming three independent titles: Nora Fingscheidt’s German arthouse hit System Crasher, Julian Jarrold’s true life triumph-over-adversity story Sulphur And White, starring Emily Beecham, and Haifaa Al Mansour’s The Perfect Candidate, the third feature from Saudi’s leading female filmmaker.
Film Movement’s current virtual release include Jan Komasa’s Oscar-nominated Polish submission and Venice Days 2019 award winner Corpus Christi, Diao Yinan’s Chinese gangland thriller and Cannes 2019 Competition selection The Wild Goose Lake, and Hlynur Pálmason’s Icelandic Oscar submission A White, White Day.
Among Kino Lorber current releases are Kleber Mendonca Filho’s Brazilian mystery and Cannes 2019 joint jury prize winner Bacurau, as well as Kantemir Balagov’s Cannes Un Certain Regard best director prize-winner Beanpole, and Ken Loach’s Cannes 2019 selection Sorry We Missed You.
The 30-minute discussion will be followed by a live Q&A in which the audience will be able to ask questions to the panellists; we can also take advance questions at email@example.com.
The Screen Talk will be available to watch on Screendaily after it has taken place.
Richard Lorber is president and CEO of Kino Lorber, an independent arthouse distributor that releases films under labels Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, Zeitgeist Films, and Alive Mind Cinema. The theatrical release roster includes five of the recent Berlin Golden Bear winners including Mohammad Rasoulof’s 2020 recipient There is No Evil. In 2019, the company launched art house digital channel Kino Now. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Lorber launched Kino Marquee earlier this year.
Michael Rosenberg is president of Film Movement, the New York-based distributor that launched in 2002. After stints as president of eOne Films USA, and executive vice-president at Koch Lorber Films, among others, Rosenberg joined Film Movement in March 2014. He oversaw the creation of Film Movement Classics, and the launch in 2018 of online streaming service, Film Movement Plus. Recent theatrical releases have championed auteurs such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Bertrand Bonello, and Andrei Konchalovsky. The Virtual Cinema initiative launched earlier this year in partnership with Art House Convergence.
Eve Gabereau is managing director of Modern Films, a London-based, female-led, social issues-driven film production, distribution and event cinema company. Its slate includes Haifaa Al Mansour’s The Perfect Candidate and Rubika Shah’s White Riot. At the end of March, the company invites audiences who stream films through the Modern Films website to select an independent cinema at the point of purchase. An undisclosed percentage of the proceeds will go directly to the cinema, with 22 venues initially signing up to the initiative.