Jon Reiss is a media strategist who helps filmmakers and companies navigate the new distribution and marketing landscape. He has worked with and consulted for IFP, Paramount Studios, the Sundance Institute, Screen Australia, Film Independent, Creative Scotland, The South Australian Film Corporation and numerous film schools and festivals to devise ways to educate and help independent filmmakers in the new economic landscape. He has conducted his TOTBO Master Classes over four continents and is the year-round distribution and marketing lab leader at the IFP Filmmaker Labs and the Director of the IFP PMD Labs he co-created with the IFP. He also teaches at the Film Directing Program at Cal Arts.
Reiss is a critically acclaimed filmmaker whose experience releasing his documentary feature, Bomb It with a hybrid strategy was the inspiration for writing Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution in the Digital Era, the first step-by-step guide for filmmakers to distribute and market their films. He also co-wrote Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul.
We are excited to announce that Think Outside the Box Office — Jon Reiss’ groundbreaking step-by-step nuts and bolts guide to distributing and marketing a film — celebrated its third printing last year.
2011 also saw the release of Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul, a new book co-authored by The Film Collaborative, Jon Reiss and Sheri Candler, which presents a series of in-depth case studies examining the ways that today’s filmmakers are approaching new distribution models.
2013 will see the release of two more books from director and author Jon Reiss. The first is devoted to the PMD; the second takes the structure outlined in Think Outside the Box Office and applies it to all art forms.
Reiss also contributes to Filmmaker Magazine, the Huffington Post, Indiewire, Screen Daily, Moviemaker Magazine and other publications.
Jon Reiss is a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has produced and directed three feature films, including most recently Bomb It 2, the follow-up to the highly acclaimed documentary Bomb It about graffiti and the battle over visual public space throughout the world.
His previous feature films include Better Living Through Circuitry, a startling, humorous and entertaining documentary glimpse into the exploding rave culture and Cleopatra’s Second Husband, a dark psychological drama.
Reiss has also directed videos for Nine Inch Nails, The Black Crowes, Danzig, Slayer, and the Kottonmouth Kings.
Jon Reiss is currently producing a documentary about breast cancer that is scheduled for release in Spring 2014.