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BALCONY BOOKING AND RELEASING

CONNIE WHITE began her independent film career as manager of the prestigious Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, eventually co-owning and programming it from 1987 to 2001. In 1996, she became film booker/programmer for the Boston-area's beloved Coolidge Corner Theatre, now one of the top-grossing independent art cinemas in the country.

In 1992 White co-founded The Boston International Festival of Women's Cinema, which became a model for progressive women's film festivals nationwide. She has also been Artistic Director for the vibrant Provincetown International Film Festival since its inception in 1999. Among the filmmakers to be honored in attendance at this flourishing annual event are John Waters, Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, Jim Jarmusch, Ted Hope, James Schamus, Gus Van Sant, Guy Maddin and Quentin Tarantino.

As film buyer for a number of quality movie theaters nationwide, Connie, under the banner of BALCONY BOOKING, works closely with her clients to develop programming tailored to serve that particular theater's audience, and its community at large.

BALCONY RELEASING, which designs and implements theatrical distribution strategies for independently produced documentary features, is a natural progression for Ms. White. She recognized that, mainly through her work programming film festivals, many worthy films don't find their way to movie theaters -- due largely to the labyrinthine and sometimes incomprehensible ways of the distribution and exhibition world. In 2002 she enlisted husband Greg Kendall to work with her in developing this niche film distribution service.

GREG KENDALL spent many years in the music business as nightclub booker, concert promoter, songwriter, and touring performer. In 1995, Kendall was engaged to compose songs and score for the indie film Bandwagon, which was sold and released after rave screenings at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, garnering many fine reviews that singled out Kendall's evocative and catchy music. Bitten by the film bug, Greg went on to score the popular teen comedy Drive Me Crazy (20th Century Fox, 1999), before turning his eye to independent film distribution.

He quickly learned the ropes on Balcony's first release, the Academy Award-nominated Daughter From Danang, utilizing many of the skills he'd honed in the music business. Now, having co-shepherded twenty-plus films through the national art house circuit, Greg has the knowledge, experience and relationships vital to a robust theatrical release.

Since Balcony Releasing's launch in 2002, the independent film landscape has seen shifts – perhaps more accurately, upheavals – with theatrical distribution at the epicenter of these dramatic changes. However, what remains intact is the need for worthy films to have presence in movie theaters to help distinguish the special few from the rest. In a crowded and confusing marketplace, Balcony Releasing can help filmmakers navigate the path to a satisfying theatrical experience.