Jonathan Sehring
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United States

IFC Films, IFC Midnight

Jonathan
Sehring

Co-President

Sehring was part of the team that launched The Independent Film Channel in 1994 and subsequently created IFC Films and IFC Prods., which produced Kimberly Peirce’s “Boys Don’t Cry,” Mira Nair’s “Monsoon Wedding” and Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” which was nominated for six Academy Awards including best picture, director, supporting actor for Ethan Hawke and supporting actress for Patricia Arquette, who won. Shot between 2002 and 2013, “Boyhood” grossed $44 million worldwide on a $4 million budget.

Under Sehring’s leadership, the company launched IFC Midnight, a genre label established in 2010, which features horror, science fiction, thrillers and action movies; and Sundance Selects, launched in 2009 to distribute prestige films
that focus on American independents, documentaries and world cinema.

Sehring led IFC Films’ theatrical/VOD day-and-date distribution model, touted as the first distribution company to release films in this way. He also oversaw the design and construction of the IFC Center to create a cinema that shows arthouse films in the heart of Greenwich Village.

Films distributed by IFC include “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Che,” Miranda July’s “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Y tu mama también” and Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

Career

  • IFC Films
  • Sundance Selects

Education

  • Kenyon College (OH, USA)

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IFC Films Chief on 'Boyhood,' Company's First Best Picture Nomination

IFC Films Chief on 'Boyhood,' Company's First Best Picture Nomination

It was a very good morning for IFC Films and Sundance Selects.The indie distributor scored its first Oscar nomination for best picture for "Boyhood," the 12-years-in-the-making story of one young man's journey into adulthood, along with bids for the documentary "Finding Vivian Maier" and Marion Cotillard for her work in "Two Days, One Night."It's "Boyhood," however, that looms largest. The picture is up for six statuettes, including nominations for director Richard Linklater and actors Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette."'Boyhood,' though...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“Was not to listen the worst piece of advice I was ever given, which was to "say "no" as 70% of the time you will be right.." I love trying to find ways to make things happen and hate the idea of stifling creativity.”

What or who inspires you?

“My response is two-fold: Independent filmmakers, particularly documentarians. I am always inspired by the drive and creativity filmmakers have to get their movies made, particularly documentarians as they are so incredibly passionate about their subjects and My family. My father, who is my role model; my mother, who was my teacher; my wife who is my inspiration and finally my boys, who continually challenge me.”

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