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Ira Deutchman

Ira Deutchman

Ira Deutchman is one of the favorites of the indie industry.  A longtime acquisitions
executive going back to days at Cinecom and as a founder of Fine Line
Features, the art house arm of New Line, his expertise in new media in
the 80s helped me start FilmFinders and has kept him ahead of the curve
to this day, where he now has established one of the first digital
distribution companies, Emerging Pictures and is the Chairman of the Film Program at Columbia University in New York City.

Ira’s keynote speech at the Art House Convergence this January, he
skipped over the entire Fine Line era of his career because it was
getting too long. Here it resurfaces as a class he did at University of

The Missing 5 Pages: A History of Fine Line
Posted on August 28, 2013 by Ira

Those of you who have watched my Keynote at the Art House Convergence may not have have realized that in the interest of time, I ended up cutting
out five pages of the planned speech–an entire decade of my experience
founding and running Fine Line Features. Coincidentally, several months
later I was asked to speak at the University of Michigan in a class
entitled “New Line and New Hollywood Cinema,” taught by Professor Dan
Herbert. Here is a video of my guest lecture, which fills in the
missing piece of my Art House talk. Thanks to Professor Herbert for
providing the tape, and to his class for what was a great session.

There is some interesting information in here about the politics of theatrical exhibition, and how that relates to the success of Sony Classics. Please comment and let us know your thoughts…

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