47 – 5 Best Ways to Market and Distribute Your Documentary + Conversation with Doc Filmmaker, Nathan Fitch

5 Best Ways to Market and Distribute Your Documentary

After all of the time, energy, and money spent getting one’s documentary film to completion, how does an independent documentary filmmaker market and distribute their doc once it’s finished?  In this week’s opening segment we’ll discuss 5 best ways to market and distribute your documentary.


Podcast Conversation

And in our shared conversation with a doc industry guest, we talk with Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective alum, Nathan Fitch, whose documentary, Island Soldier, is making big waves on the documentary film circuit, including stops at Full Frame, Hot Docs, and this week, in DocNYC.

Among topics discussed:

  • How a stint in the Peace Corps led to his documentary filmmaking career
  • The importance of becoming entrenched with a community that you’d like to film
  • How one goes about applying to film with the military
  • How the documentary life is not an easy one, but it’s a worthy one


Related Resources

Watch the trailer for Island Solider:




Impact Producer

Learn more about Impact Producer position & download free booklet & video! The Impact Field Guide & Toolkit


Places to discover more about the Impact Producer and these entities can help get your film the outreach that it deserves:


Fledgling Fund



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This community is all about sharing valuable information in a way that can help others, allowing members to garner support when they need it, and helping members to build and grow relationships with one another and build connections, collaborations and friendships worldwide.

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Host and TDL Founder, Chris G Parkhurst

Chris is a documentary filmmaker and the founder and host of The Documentary Life, a platform which aims to inform and inspire documentary filmmakers from around the globe.

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