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Meet Filmmaker Jerome Courshon FEB 21st


Meet Filmmaker Jerome Courshon on Wednesday, February 21st at the monthly meeting of the OC/LA Chapter of MCAI to learn his secrets to getting your film domestic US distribution.  Jerome Courshon is an award-winning Producer/Writer, whose first movie was the critically acclaimed indie “God, Sex & Apple Pie,” ultimately released by Warner Bros. For more on his credentials and what you can learn from Jerome, follow this link:  

Courshon has been profiled in numerous publications including a feature story in the Los Angeles Times, has been interviewed on and Film Threat, and has written articles on film distribution for MovieMaker Magazine, Indie Slate Magazine, and Film Festival Today among others. He began teaching this seminar with The Learning Annex in 2006.  Meet James at the Feb 21st meeting of the OC/LA Chapter of the Media Communications Association (MCAI) in Newport Beach (details below)



  You’ve taken the Sisyphean journey and made a movie, maybe your first. Congratulations! So what’s your next step? What is the “correct” strategy to take, in order to achieve distribution? Is there even one??

The answer is a resounding YES. Whether you’ve just finished your final cut or are already on the film festival circuit—or EVEN if you’ve been turned down by distributors already—there is a strategy for successfully getting distribution that MOST filmmakers do not know. Consequently, most filmmakers give up after spending a year or two spinning their wheels, with only the inner satisfaction of having made the movie. 

So where can you learn what you need to know? At producer Jerome Courshon’s groundbreaking 1-Day seminar, “The Secrets to Distribution: Get Your Movie Distributed Now!”

There are an estimated 4000+ independent movies being made every single year. Less than 5% of these end up with distribution. Do you need stars in your movie to really get distribution? NO. Do you need to hire some “Producers Rep” and pay them a $10,000 fee to help you get distribution? NO. Do you need to struggle and suffer trying to figure out what the heck to do? NO. Do you have to end your incredible journey—one filled with blood, sweat and possibly tears—does it have to end with your movie collecting dust on a shelf in your home? NO.

You can achieve your final goal and get distribution, with key resources -- provided at the seminar -- and a real strategy. 


• The Theatrical Distribution game: What to do and what not to do with theatrical distributors (Most filmmakers fail here, even when they have a killer movie)
• The 8 Basic Distribution Models and how to navigate them
• Who all the Home Video Distributors are
(Do you know there are over 80 of them? Contact list provided at seminar)
• Press Kits, PR & Marketing
• Is your artwork & press kit REALLY up to snuff, or are you sending out inferior materials with your movie causing distributors to say ‘No’ before even watching it? (Happens all the time)
• Are Film Festivals worth your time & energy? (Depends upon your movie)
• How to effectively use Film Festivals
(It’s not just showing up like a rock star and watching your movie)
• Is the VSDA—now known as the EMA—important to attend?
(Do you know what the EMA is? Your success may depend on this)
• E & O Insurance: How to get it for thousands of dollars LESS than the going rate (You will need it for U.S. distributors)

• Plus Q & A

As always networking starts at 6:30 over refreshments and the meeting begins at 7:15 PM.  Non-members are $15 at the door.  Members and students with valid ID are $5.
The Feb 21 meeting is being held at Temple Bat Yahm, a popular location for conferences and banquets in the Newport Beach area.  It’s easily accessible from the 405.  Exit at MacArthur and head west past the intersection with Jamboree Rd. Turn right onto Bison Street and right again onto Camelback.  The temple is at the end of the street near Jamboree.  NOTE: Even though the temple is adjacent to Jamboree Rd, take MacArthur as instructed because Camelback is a one way street that cannot be entered from Jamboree.
Temple Bat Yahm
1011 Camelback St,
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 644-1999
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• LOS ANGELES:  Saturday, March 17, 2007

• CHICAGO:  Saturday, March 31, 2007

• NEW YORK:  April 2007

For more information and to register, visit:


 Or call (323) 662-8877