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Contacting Louverture Films

We’ve received several comments to this post requesting information on how to contact Danny Glover and Louverture Films. We have no contacts at that organization, but since there’s been such keen interest, I thought I would share a few thoughts.


In general, the best way to approach companies you want to work for is to find a personal contact — a friend of a friend, even — who knows someone at the place in question. The second best way is to write a personal letter or make a phone call and request an informational interview. The art of getting a foot in the door and conducting an informational interview is covered extremely well in Richard Bolles’ What Color is Your Parachute? I recommend that book highly for anyone seeking a position or association with a company.


Film companies don’t generally accept unsolicited material, and looking at their contact page, it would seem that Louverture Films is no exception. However, the FAQ page on the Louverture Films site offers some pretty clear guidelines on how to make contact with them. Be sure to read it.


For the most part, sending unwanted mail to a prospective producer makes you look unprofessional, so don’t do it. If you are a screenwriter with a property to shop around, get yourself a writers’ agent.


Finally, if you really want to work anywhere, but especially for small, specialty-oriented companies, you should be persistent yet respectful, and you should always emphasize what you have to offer, rather than what you hope to gain.


Good luck!

2 Comments

  1. TWF wrote:

    I don’t believe that the Glover film is making headway and, from all info available, is now dead. However, you can check out another production company, Pictures for Eula Mae with the Executive Derick Alexander. If you have an IMDbPro.com account, you can contact him through his agent. He is at work on a full-length feature of Toussaint after completing a beautiful and well=done short film that was screened on Nov. 1 at the MUZEO museum in Anaheim for their Treasures of Napoleon exhibit (which is a remarkably well done exhibit). Here is a link to a clip of that short film—Toussaint’s last moments in prison from Mr. Alexander’s “The Last Days of Toussaint L’Ouverture” at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2468184/ As I said, this short film is the basis for a new feature (not with Danny Glover) that is in development.

    Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Permalink
  2. stumax wrote:

    Thanks for the heads up on the new film, TWF. I did check out the clip. I’m excited to see the whole thing come together. I hope you’ll keep us up to date on any developments.

    -stuart

    Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

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