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Avatar_17f889c2a71a_64 Distrify and The D-Word announce strategic partnership

Members of The D-Word documentary community can now "sell movies socially" with Distrify. The Distrify player can easily be embedded in film profiles and postings on The D-Word.

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Colin Powers
Fri 28 Feb 2014Link

Our first film "Beyond the Bottom Line: American Worker Cooperatives" is on Distrify.


Mike Hedge
Thu 27 Mar 2014Link

our huge documentary, As The Dust Settles: A Participatory Documentary Shot at Burning Man is on several platforms http://www.asthedust.com

and Distrify as well:

http://distrify.com/films/7789-as-the-dust-settles


Doug Block
Fri 28 Mar 2014Link

This is now triple posting, Mike (or possibly the 4th time, I've lost count.) A big fat no-no.


Mike Hedge
Fri 28 Mar 2014Link

Hey Doug, I followed the guidelines. I only posted where it was ok. In the self-promotion topic, in the introduce yourself topic, and in this distrify topic, where I posted a link to our documentary that is now on distrify. sorry if I missed a guideline somewhere.

In reply to Doug Block's post on Fri 28 Mar 2014 :


Doug Block
Fri 28 Mar 2014Link

In our Help section it reads:

"Don't double post in more than one Topic. In other words, don't post the same post in, for instance, the "Editing" and the "Final Cut Pro" Topics – given the way The D-Word works, we read all the posts in each Topic, unlike bulletin-board communities. It's mostly clear where a post belongs, but on very rare occasions the Hosts may move a post to another Topic if appropriate. The one exception to the double-posting rule is the "Public Classifieds" and "Members Only Classifieds", where you may post in both to reach a wider audience."

But it's ok, Mike. We see it happen and leap at the chance to strike terror in the hearts of D-Worders everywhere.

Keep us posted from time to time about how things go with Distrify. We're all eager to see how it performs as a platform.


Peter Gerard
Mon 31 Mar 2014Link

Hi Mike,
Just looked at your website. You'll have a much better result if you remove the YouTube trailer from your homepage and replace it with the Distrify player. Sales conversions are much higher when you put the Distrify player front and center. Make the choice simple and clear and people will purchase. Just having a huge list of links to lots of different platforms on another page never works very well for any of the platforms. Here's an example that has a high conversion ratio due to using Distrify on the homepage and keeping the options simple: http://www.henrithefilm.com
Good luck!


Joe Scherrman
Wed 2 Apr 2014Link

Any reports about selling merchandise related to your movie with Distrify?


Joe Scherrman
Wed 2 Apr 2014Link

In reply to Elizabeth Yoffe 's post on Tue 6 Aug 2013 :
Just tested out Distrify by streaming "My Big Break." What a great movie and a great experience using Distrfy.


Ben Kempas
Thu 3 Apr 2014Link

Joe, we've been selling lots of stuff via Distrify. DVDs, educational packs, community screenings, you name it. What do you want to know?


Joe Scherrman
Thu 3 Apr 2014Link

Ben, I would like to see examples of things being sold on Distrify. Went to your Facebook page and visited you sites. Nice, even signed up for The Independent State of Ben.


Ben Kempas
Fri 4 Apr 2014Link

Joe, try http://iambreathing.com for DVDs and community screening licences, or http://futuremylove.com/#trailer for DVDs and pay-it-forward, or http://stemcellrevolutions.com for educational packages.


Joe Scherrman
Fri 4 Apr 2014Link

Good examples, thanks Ben.


Peter Gerard
Sat 5 Apr 2014Link

Ben has some of the best examples of what you can do with Distrify, always pushing the limits!


Ellin Jimmerson
Wed 7 May 2014Link

Distrify looks good. Two questions:

1. There is no acceptance / rejection process, correct?

2. Do you have testimonials somewhere which I could access?

Thanks so much.


Ellin Jimmerson
Wed 7 May 2014Link

3rd question: is E&O an issue? Must I have it?


Ben Kempas
Wed 28 May 2014Link

1. Correct
2. Ask D-Worders Gary Hustwit, Fredrik Gertten, or any of the IDFA ones here.
3. No.


Ellin Jimmerson
Wed 28 May 2014Link

Thanks, Ben.


Kim Hopkins
Sun 7 Dec 2014Link

Before I get arrested by the forum police, I'm a little confused as to whether I can embed my Distrify page or use the URL, at the top of the page it's suggests embedding, below not to use embed codes. Any guidence would be appreiciated.


Ben Kempas
Sun 7 Dec 2014Link

Like it says, paste the URL (that's the web address as it appears in your browser) but don't use the complete embed code (i.e. not the <iframe... stuff).


Kim Hopkins
Mon 8 Dec 2014Link

My BBC Storyville doc 'Hotel Folly - Folie à Deux' is now on Distrify.

Filmed over five years, this is an emotional rollercoaster of a film which explores the sometimes extreme highs and lows of one of life’s biggest gambles - buying a house.

 Helen has seven children, a new partner and a very comfortable lifestyle when they decide to get a loan to buy one of the most historical house in England.  They want to convert the shabby 72-roomed mansion in the centre of York into a tasteful hotel, but when the financial crisis hits their dream turns into their worst nightmare.

 Helen fights the banks for a loan for the spiralling renovation costs and her neighbours over the rights to the courtyard. While her house gradually becomes unsellable, she persists with her neighbours wars.

 Part black comedy, part nail-biting journey, this shows the human cost of the mortgage crisis.


Rina Sherman
Fri 12 Dec 2014Link

Hi to all,

If one makes available different options on Distrify, DVD for Home Use and Educational / Institutional, is there a way to control who is buying to prevent uni libraries, for example, from buying DVD for Home Use ?

Thank you in advance,

Rina Sherman

Paris

www.rinasherman.com


Ben Kempas
6 days agoLink

Hi Rina, that question really applies to any channel through which you sell films. In the end, libraries can order the cheapest DVD they can find and probably get away with it (at least in the States, AFAIK).

With Distrify, you can set your own additional questions to be put to the customer before check-out, so you could just ask something like: "Can you take a solemn oath that this is for private use only?"

Our experience is that when personal and educational products are offered side by side, members of educational institutions tend to choose the right one. The greater danger comes from not giving this choice.


Rina Sherman
6 days agoLink

Ben, hi

Through other platforms I have opted for doing my own fulfillment, which provides me with name and address of buyer and hence a measure of control, albeit at the price of more admin. And while the choice for separate Home Use and Educational licences, I have received a number of attempts by emminent institutions to buy for private use, even though I specifically state that the "face to face" clause is not valid for my films. I then had to go through the disagreement of contacting them, several times, before getting them to agree to purchase the proper licence.

I would love to hear how other filmmakers go about this problem.

 


Ben Kempas
6 days agoLink

You can do your own fulfilment for DVD orders through Distrify, and you'll have the same measure of control.

I prefer to automate fulfilment (through the Distrify-Kunaki connection) and not deal with such timewasters – they'll just cancel their order rather than buy the more expensive option.

Life's too short...

Example of side-by-side offer here.


Rina Sherman
6 days agoLink

Thank you for the example of side by side. I use Kunaki for certains orders, once I know who is ordering. Yes, life is too short. In fact, all of those that I asked to re-order educational did so, once I sent my emails to top staff.


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