In This week’s Episode Ben and Randy interview Claudia Christian and Adam Schomer who produced and Directed the Documentary “One Little Pill.” Claudia is best known for her role as Commander Susan Ivanova on TV’s Babylon 5. The documentary is follows the lives of several people who have suffered from alcoholism, and have been helped by a controversial new treatment called The Sinclair Method.
You can find out more about the Sinclair Method through http://www.onelittlepillmovie.com/. The interview is more about the challenges of producing a documentary, and the celebrity effect on crowdfunding, and how even name talent isn’t aways enough to get wide-scale traditional distribution for your film.
Adam and Claudia talk about the issues of maintaining the confidentiality of documentary subjects, and how sometimes you need to shift focus and adapt in the middle of producing your documentary. The crew also touch on the touchy subject of conflicts of interest for documentary subjects and their families.
Next in the interview we talk about their challenges approaching television stations and how “One Little Pill” got their first wide-scale television distribution deal in Finland, and the challenges the filmmakers are facing in getting US distribution for the film to help spread the message of the Sinclair Method’s efficacy in treating Alcoholism. Adam talks a bit about how specialized TV stations can be in selecting which time slots for distribution of social issue content.
Later in the episode, Ben and Randy talk to Adam and Claudia about the difficulties of wide scale self distribution through platforms like VHX and Vimeo and the effects of social impact of viral growth.