How I created the most successful self-distributed US theatrical film release in years
At eighteen, Steven Lewis Simpson was Britain’s youngest stockbroker and trader. Four years later he moved to Hollywood to work at legendary Hollywood producer, Roger Corman’s studio. At twenty-three, he directed his award-winning first feature film, Ties. He recently theatrically self-distributed his sixth feature film, Neither Wolf Nor Dog, as he saw the few independent films that actually found distributors in the US were being poorly released. As a result of his re-imagining the theatrical distribution model, his film became the most successful self-distributed film in some time. The film achieved the longest theatrical run of any 2017 release in the USA – a wider release than the last two Palme d’or winners and often out-grossing blockbusters when head to head, even though he had no distribution experience.