Indie Rights, a subsidiary of Nelson Madison Films, is a full service distributor with direct relationships to major distribution outlets. Based on the experience of it's founders, Linda Nelson and Michael Madison, the need for a new type of distribution for truly independent films is evident. Thousands of great independent films are made each year and never find an audience. They play at film festivals all over the world and are never discovered by the sales agents and distributors that frequent only the top tier festivals such as Sundance and Cannes. These festivals used to be filled with fresh original voices from new talent, but now act as marketing vehicles for "classic divisions" of major studios or showcases for already established actors, directors and producers. Film Markets like AFM and Cannes are too costly and complex for most independent filmmakers to attend, but Indie Rights attends AFM as an Exhibitor and can represent your film to international buyers.
Our distribution contract is filmmaker-friendly, returning 80% of all revenue earned to the filmmaker. We charge no up-front fees, provide transparent quarterly reporting and we work with all our filmmakers to educate them about the use of the most innovative marketing and social media tools available for marketing independent film.
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"We are indeed fortunate that Indie Rights discovered Druid Peak and it could not have found a better "distribution home". They truly foster their films and filmmakers. Linda Nelson and Michael Madison are passionate and professional in every aspect of their business. They could not be more responsive, and constantly educate their filmmakers on what it takes to achieve successful distribution. It is a very personal relationship, with no question too trivial for their expert attention and response. Their endless patience with us as first-time filmmakers was and is remarkable. Thanks to Indie Rights Druid Peak has had a well-received theatrical premiere, successful DVD and streaming release and some very exciting pending International deals. We are so very grateful and look forward to working with them on future film projects. I enthusiastically recommend Indie Rights!"
Maureen H Mayer
Druid Peak Film
"As the writer/director/producer of 10 documentaries and 1 low budget feature film, I have invested a tremendous amount of time into understanding the film distribution business. Several years ago I was lucky enough to come across a podcast with Linda Nelson on the Film Specific site ran by Stacy Parks. Between Linda and Stacy I learned a tremendous amount about the rapidly evolving world of film distribution. I contacted Linda and Michael Madison of Indie Rights and they began distributing one of my films... 3 years later they are distributing 5 of my films and they are close friends of mine. Linda and Michael are truly two beacons of light in the murky world of film distribution. Indie Rights is manna from heaven for...I was going to say independent, but... they are manna from heaven for anybody looking to sell their film. Tech-savvy, engaged, and (above all) honest - Michael and Linda have become not only my distributors but my close personal friends. In the rapidly changing landscape of film and video, having Indie Rights as your distributor is the smartest decision you can make. Oh, and by the way, they've paid me a lot of money and they are the only distributor I've ever had that sent detailed accounting reports. So there's that."
Alan Bradley aka Al Profit
Killing Jimmy Hoffa
Indie Rights, you and Michael, are without question the best distributors we've ever had for our films. You are honest (apparently a rarity in this business), always responsive, and do an excellent job in getting the films out to as many markets as possible. You've also created a real community of Indie Rights filmmakers via social media. We truly appreciate your efforts very, very much.
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One of our newest DVD releases.
"I signed a "traditional" deal for my movie, She Wolf Rising, with a "traditional" distributor. Four years later they had not made one sale and my film was no where to be found. I eventually got the rights back to my feature and gave my movie to Linda Nelson and Michael Madison of Indie Rights. Within a matter of months, my movie became available on every major digital platform and it's having it's DVD release next week. Not only have they gotten me placed, but they have a been a tremendous resource for marketing tips and one-on-one help. Linda literally holds my hand as she guides me through, step by step of what and how, I need to set up my social media marketing to maximize our exposure. I have only positive things to say about Indie Rights, its owners and the services and support they offer me as a filmmaker."