Jon Reiss is a filmmaker, author and media strategist who founded Hybrid Cinema in 2010 to help filmmakers, film organizations and companies navigate the ever changing world of film distribution and marketing.
Since then he has not only worked with hundreds of filmmakers but also the IFP, the Sundance Institute, Screen Australia, Film Independent, Creative Scotland, IDA, Film Independent, Creative Visions and numerous film schools and festivals to devise ways to educate and help independent filmmakers in the new economic landscape. He has conducted his distribution master classes over five continents and is the Senior Lab Leader at the IFP Filmmaker Labs. He wrote Think Outside the Box Office and co-wrote Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul and Selling Your Film in Europe with Sheri Candler and The Film Collaborative. Reiss also contributes to Filmmaker Magazine, No Film School, Huffington Post, Indiewire, Screen Daily, Moviemaker Magazine and other publications. Reiss teaches in the Film Directing Program at the California Institute for the Arts, and has also served as an advisor to IFP, the Creative Visions Foundation and NYU’s Cinema Research Institute.
Named one of “10 Digital Directors to Watch” by Daily Variety, Jon Reiss is also a critically acclaimed filmmaker whose features include the global graffiti documentaries Bomb It and Bomb It 2, Better Living Through Circuitry and Cleopatra’s Second Husband. Reiss has also directed music videos for Nine Inch Nails, The Black Crowes, Danzig and Slayer. His early credits also include four hour-long documentaries concerning the notorious performance group Survival Research Laboratories. Reiss got his start in filmmaking at Target Video, a San Francisco based video collective where he covered much of the West Coast punk explosion.
Jessica Fuselier is a PMD for Hybrid Cinema living in Los Angeles with a diverse background in non-profit work, technology and community outreach. She has worked for non-profits ranging from refugee support to alternative to incarceration programs, has helped pioneer community outreach programs on film sets in Texas and Oklahoma, spent four years as a coder in the Austin start up scene, and is now working to bridge her passions together while helping films find and target their audience.
Charles Rice – Rice, a native Texan and graduate (with honors) from Texas Christian University, brings an extensive background in both the entertainment industry and social media marketing to the Hybrid Cinema team. He is currently their Social Media Director. Having worked with numerous brands and celebrities ranging from Olympic Gold Medal winners, professional athletes, actors, and various movie, TV, and web-based shows in PR, social media, and producing roles; Rice brings a creative and “hybrid” knowledge to all the projects he works on. The quickest way to Charles’s heart is with tacos. Or talking to him about Astros baseball or The Flash.
With over 15+ years experience working in the independent marketing and distribution space, Liz Ogilvie’s focus is on brand partner and community outreach, marketing strategy for traditional and hybrid exhibition releases including digital outreach. Clients have included Gay Dillingham’s Dying to Know, Nancy
Until recently she was the Director of Marketing and Strategic Partners at Fandor and run the LA office for the San Francisco-based SVOD platform for independent and world cinema.
Before moving to Los Angeles, Ogilvie, co-owned and operated a New York-based company dedicated to strategic marketing and distribution for independent films called CrowdStarter. Among CrowdStarter’s clients were Warner bros Records, 20th Century Fox, SnagFilms, Wholefoods Market, Applegate Farms, and Ubic Media. She also managed outreach and marketing campaigns for documentaries such as Kent Jones & Martin Scorsese’s A Letter to Elia, Nancy Biurski’s The Loving Story, Clay Tweel’s Make Believe, Peter Byck’s Carbon Nation and many more.
Previously, Ogilvie was a marketing consultant at Tribeca Film, and established the marketing department for a national distribution platform that released a slate of 10 films through a network of distribution partners including VOD, theatrical, home entertainment and grassroots outreach, kicking off with premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. Formerly, Ogilvie was the VP of Marketing at B-Side Entertainment an Austin-based company that used technology to discover, market, and distribute independent films. Based in the New York, Ogilvie spearheaded the marketing initiatives for the company. Before Ogilvie was the Head of Programming for the documentary film label Docurama Films® at New Video (now Cinedigm) the largest aggregator of independent digital content worldwide. There she was responsible for the acquisition & marketing of 24 new titles per year and a 250+ library.
Ogilvie resides in Los Angeles.