Jonathan Sehring
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United States
2018

IFC Films

Jonathan
Sehring

Co-President

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.”

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 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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