Richard Matson breaks down the current mechanics of distro in the film world. He shares with us his well-experienced psychology of it all, in addition to his cutting edge vision for a sustainable and forward thinking industry, with socially relevant motion pictures.
From Matson Films' website:
Richard Matson is a film distributor with more than 15 years of experience in the independent film industry. In 2002, Richard co-founded Transmission Films, an online film distribution for American independent and foreign films. Transmission grew to become the third largest online film distributor in the world with a userbase of 70,000 and monthly visitors in excess of 2 million. Richard acquired the online rights for 70 feature films and sold the company in June of 2004. Prior to starting Transmission Films, Richard served as President of Production and Distribution for Palisades Pictures Entertainment Group. At Palisades, Mr. Matson supervised marketing and distribution of the feature films RESTAURANT (Adrien Brody, Lauryn Hill and Malcolm Jamal Warner), TEN BENNY (Adrien Brody, Sundance entry 1998) and production on THE PARTY’S OVER (Philip Seymour Hoffman) as well as production of various film, commercial and television projects. Richard also served as the Director of Acquisitions for the company. Mr. Matson has also worked as a director and producer on a variety of short films and commercials. In 2004, his short film, THE DUKE OF GOO, played in 24 international film festivals. Richard is a regular festival panelist and film school lecturer on the subject of film distribution. He attended Hampshire College, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College.