Think “fair trade coffee” for filmmakers

We all know how good it feels to buy products that sustain local communities, to leave small environmental footprints, and to support causes that we care about.

Fictionville Media is a boutique distribution cooperative that brings filmmakers and audiences together.  We provide viewers great content and filmmakers with a chance to make a sustainable living.

What does that mean for buyers?
Instead of buying films from distributors who take a large percentage of the sale (sometimes up to 80%) you buy directly from the filmmakers. Buy purchasing, renting and streaming films from Fictionville Media, you are contributing to the sustainability of filmmakers all over the world.

Whether you are an educator, activist or film-enthusiast, Fictionville Media provides you with great service, high quality content and the opportunity to help sustain the independent filmmaking community.

Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside, doesn’t it?

What does it mean for filmmakers?
As filmmakers, we need to take better care of our babies.  That means using all the tools in our kit to get our films out there, seen by audiences and yes, make money in the process.  Fictionville Media offers filmmakers a platform to sell and exhibit their work to a diverse audience.  By pooling resources, collaborating and sharing our distribution experiences, we can position ourselves to get in on a bigger piece of the pie.

Who are we?
Melissa Hibbard is a filmmaker who founded Fictionville Media in 2009 while self-distributing her latest film, The Glass House.  She recognized the need for a strong platform that supported the efforts of self-distributing filmmakers and found few alternatives that empowered her efforts and helped her maintain autonomy.  Over the last ten years, she has produced four documentaries under Fictionville Studio, a production company she co-founded with partner, Hamid Rahmanian. The Glass House (2008), produced in association with the Sundance Channel, premiered at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam in November 2008 and the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and received the Human Rights Award (OSCE, Docufest) and Best Feature Documentary (Dallas Video Fest). Shahrbanoo (2002) premiered on PBS station WNET where it received among the highest ratings for an independently produced documentary. Sir Alfred of Charles de Gaulle Airport (2001) and Breaking Bread (2000), which premiered on PBS have been well received by the media and worldwide audiences. In 2003, she co-established a non-profit organization – ArteEast – its mission to promote the arts and cultures of the Middle East and it’s worldwide diasporas in the United States; she was a board member and the ArteEast Online Director through 2007.

Negin Salmasi is a producer and fundraiser dedicated to using art and media to engage, interact, and influence broader change. She has worked within this space for the past eight years with organizations such as the Unification Project, 3rd Ward, WITNESS, NYU Wagner Graduate School for Public Service, and the University of Michigan Graduate School of Social Work. She has worked extensively in production and most recently was Associate Producer for Intifada NYC, a documentary that takes a close look at the controversy surrounding the opening of the Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn, NY. She is also an instructor at Downtown Community Television (DCTV) in New York, NY and currently focused independent film distribution: getting great films seen by the masses. Negin received a BA from the University of Michigan and is a 2009 graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs.