Jonathan Sehring
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United States
2018

Jonathan
Sehring

Sehring has been key in expanding the reach of independent cinema. He was on the team that launched the Independent Film Channel in 1994 and then created IFC Films and IFC Prods, notably funding the Oscar fave “Boyhood” for its 12 years of production. Under Sehring’s leadership, the company launched the genre label IFC Midnight and, in 2009, Sundance Selects to distribute prestige films focusing on American independents, documentaries and world cinema. Sehring led IFC Films’ theatrical/VOD day-and-date release model, touted as the first company to put out films this way. IFC pics include “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Che,” Miranda July’s “Me and You and Everyone We Know” and Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.” He departed IFC at the end of 2018.

Career

  • CHE: PART ONE
  • MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING
  • BOYHOOD

Education

  • Kenyon College (OH, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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IFC Films Co-President Jonathan Sehring to Exit at Year's End

IFC Films Co-President Jonathan Sehring to Exit at Year's End

IFC Films co-president Jonathan Sehring is leaving the company at the end of the year.The veteran executive announced his plans on Wednesday. He helped launch the Independent Film Channel in 1994 and create IFC Films in 1999.IFC Films will be led by a trio of remaining IFC Films executives: Sehring's co-president Lisa Schwartz; Arianna Bocco, the executive vice president of acquisitions and productions; and John Vanco, senior VP/general manager of the IFC Center.Sehring noted that he has had two careers...

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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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