Film Presence

Film Presence Specialized marketing, outreach and social media for independent films. Creatively engaging your audience at the theater and beyond. Twitter & Instagram: @filmpresence
Specialized marketing, outreach and social media for independent films. Creatively engaging your audience at the theater and beyond.

Film Presence is a boutique marketing and outreach company co-founded by Sara Kiener and Merrill Sterritt. Film Presence combines event-based theatrical screenings with strong outreach partnerships to boost box office sales and maximize the word of mouth leading up to a theatrical engagement. Outreach projects previously managed by Film Presence include Frederick Wiseman’s “La Danse,” Tamra Davis’ “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child,” Lucy Walker’s “Waste Land,” and "The Waiting Room," by Pete Nicks.

Big news today!
11/17/2015
Cinereach Expands With Film Presence Co-Founders

Big news today!

Film Presence co-founders Sara Kiener and Merrill Sterritt are joining Cinereach, the not-for-profit company and foundation that has supported more than 200 films since 2006, Variety has learned ex...

For a limited time only, use code IFPMEMBER to save 20% off an Individual Level membership with IFP and gain exclusive s...
10/26/2015
Membership

For a limited time only, use code IFPMEMBER to save 20% off an Individual Level membership with IFP and gain exclusive screening and voting privileges for the Gotham Audience Award and Film Independent Spirit Awards! http://ow.ly/TRp6Z

The Independent Filmmaker Project fosters the development, production and promotion of hundreds of feature and documentary films a year.

Wiseman's 40th is one of his best! Watch the trailer for IN JACKSON HEIGHTS and get in line for the premiere at the Film...
10/12/2015
'In Jackson Heights' Trailer: 50 Years Of Frederick Wiseman Docus

Wiseman's 40th is one of his best! Watch the trailer for IN JACKSON HEIGHTS and get in line for the premiere at the Film Forum on Nov 4th!

EXCLUSIVE: Frederick Wiseman has made 40 documentary films in the past 50 years and the trailer for No. 40 is now here: the New York love letter In Jackson Heights, a feature-length snapshot of the...

We're so excited for tonight's rare public screening of Sandra Hochman's YEAR OF THE WOMAN at the Film Society of Lincol...
09/16/2015
A Long-Lost Documentary Resurfaces Showing Early Feminist Movement In Politics

We're so excited for tonight's rare public screening of Sandra Hochman's YEAR OF THE WOMAN at the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented by The Huffington Post! Hope you RSVP'ed early because it's going to be a packed house!

A documentary that disappeared more than 40 years ago—available to everyone for the first time here—is a gift to modern-day feminists. It's belligerent, it's hilarious, and it reveals exactly what the Clinton campaign is missing.

Once in a while, a film project comes along that is so special, unique and deeply personal that words can't really do it...
09/10/2015
A Woman Like Me: A Film About Filmmaking in Rough Times

Once in a while, a film project comes along that is so special, unique and deeply personal that words can't really do it justice. But this pitch video will give you a sense. Oh, and the film opens in NYC on Oct 9th so you can see the whole film soon - - - and pre-order tickets for A Woman Like Me through kickstarter!!! http://kck.st/1ixa4y6

A movie about filmmaker Alex Sichel and her fictional alter ego, Anna. Can Anna show Alex how to live joyfully with metastatic cancer?

Go see We Come as Friends, Hubert Sauper's riveting follow up to Darwin's Nightmare, this weekend at the IFC Center in N...
08/12/2015
We Come as Friends – IFC Center

Go see We Come as Friends, Hubert Sauper's riveting follow up to Darwin's Nightmare, this weekend at the IFC Center in NYC. Special Q&A's this Fri & Sat with Documentary All Star guest moderators!

Sept 14 at 7:40 pm - Jacques Servin of The Yes Men
Sept 15 at 2:45 pm - Marshall Curry, Director of Point and Shoot
Sept 15 at 7:40 pm - Josh Fox, Director of GASLAND
For more information go to http://ow.ly/QJ9RU

Oscar-nominee Sauper (Darwin’s Nightmare) takes us on a dizzying, surreal journey into the heart of Africa. As the continent’s biggest country is being divided into two nations, colonialism and the clash of empires re-emerge, with new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources waged…

Congrats to After Tiller and BIG MEN for their Best Documentary Emmy Nominations! Well deserved!!!
07/23/2015
NOMINEES FOR THE 36th ANNUAL NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY® AWARDS ANNOUNCED | The Emmy Awards - The...

Congrats to After Tiller and BIG MEN for their Best Documentary Emmy Nominations! Well deserved!!!

NOMINEES FOR THE 36th ANNUAL NEWS & DOCUMENTARY EMMY® AWARDS ANNOUNCED 19.2K Flares Twitter 423 Facebook 18.7K Google+ 30 Pin It Share 2 LinkedIn 38 StumbleUpon 0 Email -- 19.2K Flares × VIEW FULL RELEASE IN Award Presentation at David Geffen HallAt Lincoln Center New York, N.Y. – July 22, 201…

Sundance Film Festival Sci-Fi Drama Advantageous opens in theaters June 26! Here's the posted debut in Slashfilmcast:
06/12/2015
Exclusive Advantageous Poster: Sundance Sci-Fi Drama

Sundance Film Festival Sci-Fi Drama Advantageous opens in theaters June 26! Here's the posted debut in Slashfilmcast:

Check out an exclusive Advantageous poster. The Sundance sci-fi drama centers on a mother who faces a tough decision. Jennifer Phang directed.

Join Film Sprout, Film Presence and Picture Motion on Saturday, July 11 at UnionDocs for a daylong seminar on finding yo...
06/09/2015

Join Film Sprout, Film Presence and Picture Motion on Saturday, July 11 at UnionDocs for a daylong seminar on finding your audience!! http://bit.ly/1dQw3Oa

06/04/2015
Do I Sound Gay? - Official Trailer I HD I Sundance Selects

We're loving this trailer for "DO I SOUND GAY?"! Go see it in theaters this summer: Opens NYC 7/10, LA 7/17, Boston, D.C., SF 7/24

Opening in theaters and VOD July 10th. Starring: Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, George Takei, & Dan Savage After a break-up with his boyfriend, journalist David Tho...

ATTN NYC Filmmakers: Filmmaker, critic, and programmer Farihah Zaman (Remote Area Medical , This Time Next Year) leads a...
05/14/2015
The Fine Cut - An Intensive Seminar on Film Editing - Documentary Film, Radio, Photography |...

ATTN NYC Filmmakers: Filmmaker, critic, and programmer Farihah Zaman (Remote Area Medical , This Time Next Year) leads an intensive documentary editing seminar for UnionDocs in Brooklyn, 5/29 to 5/31. The seminar will delve into how to find and communicate with an editor, explore approaches to story and structure, provide feedback to participants' work, and more. Instructors include Jem Cohen, Geeta Gandbhir, Jeff Reichert, and Ben Garchar. For more information and to register visit: http://www.uniondocs.org/the-fine-cut/

A three-day exploration of film editing, featuring Farihah Zaman, Ben Garchar, Geeta Gandbhir and Jeff Reichert.

"You roll the dice that you think if you hang around a place long enough that you'll get enough material out of which yo...
05/06/2015
Frederick Wiseman on How to Stay in the Business of Making Movies for 50 Years

"You roll the dice that you think if you hang around a place long enough that you'll get enough material out of which you can cut a film. And if you're lucky enough, sometimes you stumble across absolutely spectacular situations that you're not responsible for creating or imagining, but you are responsible for recognizing and figuring out how to use it."

"I always try to be extremely straightforward. No bullsh*t."

Help The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution raise $3,500 on #Kickstarter by Monday so they can host a FREE scree...
05/01/2015
The Black Panthers Theatrical Release

Help The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution raise $3,500 on #Kickstarter by Monday so they can host a FREE screening in Ferguson!

Help Stanley Nelson bring the story of the Black Panther Party to theaters across the country.

Attention Filmmakers! The call for Good Pitch New York is open until April 27th:This unique annual professional mentorsh...
04/08/2015
Good Pitch

Attention Filmmakers! The call for Good Pitch New York is open until April 27th:

This unique annual professional mentorship program helps documentary filmmakers develop impact and distribution strategies, as well as find new funders and connect with new allies from across civil society.
DEADLINE: April 27th, 4pm UK Time
https://goodpitch.org/events/gpny2015

Makes good films go further: Good Pitch connects the world

ATTN NYC: On April 16th, the Columbia University chapter of Medical Students for Choice is pleased to invite all members...
03/30/2015

ATTN NYC: On April 16th, the Columbia University chapter of Medical Students for Choice is pleased to invite all members of the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and local community to a public screening of the award-winning film After Tiller followed by a Q&A with co-director Lana Wilson, moderated by Kelly Baden, Director of State Advocacy at Center for Reproductive Rights: https://www.facebook.com/events/365591013628758/

The Hunting Ground filmmakers were on The Daily Show last night to discuss the prevalence of sexual assault on college c...
03/26/2015
Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering

The Hunting Ground filmmakers were on The Daily Show last night to discuss the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. The Hunting Ground is in theaters now. For local listings visit: http://www.thehuntinggroundfilm.com/screenings

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering discuss campus sexual assault in their documentary "The Hunting Ground."

Go see The Hunting Ground this weekend! thehuntinggroundfilm.com/screenings
03/18/2015

Go see The Hunting Ground this weekend! thehuntinggroundfilm.com/screenings

"Any parent sending a child off to college should consider this required viewing." — New York Magazine

Arm yourself with the truth about campus sexual assault — The #HuntingGround is now playing in theaters: thehuntinggroundfilm.com/screenings

We're celebrating 5 years of ballet, burlesque, back up singers, boxing, health care, reproductive rights, architecture,...
03/17/2015

We're celebrating 5 years of ballet, burlesque, back up singers, boxing, health care, reproductive rights, architecture, academia, puppetry, poetry, jazz, magic and everything in between. Happy anniversary Film Presence!

This week we kicked off the #ReelReproductiveJustice Medical School Screening tour with a Work in Progress Screening of ...
03/12/2015

This week we kicked off the #ReelReproductiveJustice Medical School Screening tour with a Work in Progress Screening of Dawn Porter's upcoming film TRAPPED at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. HUGE thanks to Medical Students for Choice for hosting, Chicken & Egg Pictures for supporting and Film Sprout for providing discussion material and general awesomeness! For more info visit www.reelreproductivejustice.com

New York City: The Hunting Ground opens this weekend at The Angelika! Special Q&A's with filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirb...
02/26/2015

New York City: The Hunting Ground opens this weekend at The Angelika! Special Q&A's with filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick following the 7:15pm showings on FRI 2.27 & Sat 2.28, and the 4:20pm showing on Sun 2.29. Tickets: http://bit.ly/THGNYC

NYC: The Hunting Ground Showtimes and Tickets are NOW Available!http://bit.ly/THGNYC
02/24/2015

NYC: The Hunting Ground Showtimes and Tickets are NOW Available!
http://bit.ly/THGNYC

BREAKING: NYC Showtimes and Tickets are NOW Available:
http://bit.ly/THGNYC

This weekend the stakes are high as we open in theaters in NYC and LA. Can you help us keep the pressure on and demand change? Join us at the theater on FEB 27.

NYC, purchase tickets here! http://bit.ly/THGNYC

Together, we can support survivors, change culture, and hold colleges accountable. #HuntingGround #EndCampusRape

In LA? Purchase tickets for opening weekend the The Landmark Los Angeles here: http://bit.ly/THGLosAngeles

In our tireless effort to help bring innovative, exciting and provocative documentaries to the world, we are THRILLED to...
01/20/2015
WHERE IS ROCKY II?

In our tireless effort to help bring innovative, exciting and provocative documentaries to the world, we are THRILLED to be working on the crowdfunding campaign for Where Is Rocky II?! (And if you love Ed Ruscha or a good mystery, this project is especially for you!) igg.me/at/whereisrockyII

If something is hidden, it is for someone to find it.

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