Monday, February 27, 2006
Interview With: Page Ostrow, Producer's Rep
Movies on My Mind: When and how did your interest in film begin?
Page Ostrow: When I saw Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey perform in Cabaret as a kid.
Movies on My Mind: Why did you become a producer's representative? What particular satisfaction does it give you to obtain funding or distribution for a film?
Ostrow: My father always used to say, "People enjoy doing things they are good at." I identified a need within an area of our industry where I thought I could be of maximum service. I like protecting and looking after the creative team.
Movies on My Mind: How did you develop your contacts for film funding?
Ostrow: I have a hectic schedule that includes speaking engagements at festivals and industry panels all over the world. I'm on the radio a lot, as are my filmmaking clients. So, the investors hear about us, and come to me.
Movies on My Mind: What's your typical day like?
Ostrow: Work work work...Negotiating, managing my team, lunch with execs from studios and/or Indies, going over contracts, booking out on hourly conference calls about new projects, reviewing materials, speaking with my current clients and determining who we are going to represent next.
Movies on My Mind: How do you select the films you will represent?
Ostrow: I have to like the film, and the people behind the film.
Movies on My Mind: Do you find these films primarily through festival screenings?
Ostrow: We get hundreds of submissions from everywhere. Most filmmakers find us either over the Internet, by referral, or they meet someone who works for me at a festival.
Movies on My Mind: The business model for the industry has certainly evolved in the wake of growing ancillary opportunities (such as DVD) and emerging technologies (i.e. podcasting). What is your view on the where the film industry might be five years from now?
Ostrow: I think the audiences are demanding and will continue to require better and more compelling subject matter and stories that make people think about what's really going on in the world and within us.
Movies on My Mind: Congratulations on receiving the "Wave of Excellence" award.
Ostrow: Thanks. It's nice to be acknowledged. I'm proud of this one.
Movies on My Mind: Are there any particular challenges to being a woman in the film industry?
Ostrow: Being a woman, in general, is challenging...
Movies on My Mind: What advice, if any, do you give to women who would like to follow your path?
Ostrow: My advice about being a woman in business is to leave the part of your womanhood that men complain about at home. Learn to compartmentalize -- get to work, and get the job done.