July 3, 2008

Newsweek's Take on Documentary Distribution

More doom and gloom for theatrical distribution of documentaries! In this article in Newsweek, David Ansen explores the decline of box office receipts for non-fiction films in what is supposed to be their golden age. Starting with a tease about the amount of money made by Alex Gibney's Taxi to the Dark Side, he looks at the recent trials at THINKFilm, and the troubles the theatrical indie market is having as a whole.

For those who ardently follow news about independent film, much of what he says will not be new. But Newsweek is a mainstream magazine, so hopefully the inclusion of such a piece signals that there are still many Americans out there who care about documentaries...even if they're not showing up at the theater to see them.

You can read the article here: Global Literacy 2008: How Much Did 'Taxi to the Dark Side' Earn at the American Box Office?