What We Do

With a focus on documentaries and over 25 years of experience in launching award-winning films, 7th Art handles sales and releasing in all markets: theatrical and non-theatrical, festival, educational, television, cable, and home video, including digital and VOD. Our expertise and knowledge of the independent film landscape has lead to major festival awards and multiple Academy Award nominations for our films.

Who We Are

Since 1994, Seventh Art Releasing has been distributing award-winning independent and foreign films domestically and abroad with the mission to bring unique films to the widest possible audience.

7th Art was founded by Udy Epstein and Jonathan Cordish, and is headed by Udy Epstein with Shane Griffin (Acquisitions, Licensing) and Phil Miller (Festivals, Theatrical, & Educational).


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What We've Done

Award Winning Festival & Theatrical Favorites

• Portrait of Wally (Tribeca Int'l Film Festival)
• The Swell Season (Tribeca Int'l Film Festival)
• How to Start a Revolution
• Love During Wartime (Tribeca Int'l Film Festival)
• The First Movie (Telluride Film Festival, SXSW)
• Jews & Baseball: An American Love Story
• The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground
• 45365 (SXSW Best Documentary Award, FIND Spirit Award)
• Art & Copy (Sundance Film Festival)
• New Muslim Cool (PBS POV Premiere Film)
• No. 4 Street of Our Lady
• The Queen & I (IDFA, Sundance Film Festival, HBO)
• Word Wars
• Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple
• Photographer (Fotoamator) - Amsterdam and Prix Europa winnerRecent Releases

Academy Award® Winning and Nominated Releases

Academy Award® Documentary Feature
• The Long Way Home

Academy Award® Nomination Documentary Feature
• Balseros: Cuban Rafters
• The Farm: Angola USA
• Speaking in Strings
• Long Nights Journey Into Day

Academy Award® Nomination Documentary Short
• Chau, Beyond the Lines
• Incident In New Baghdad
• The Wildest Show in the South: The Angola Prison Rodeo
• Eyewitness

Student Academy Award® Winner
• Making Up!

Consulting & Servicing

We also provide consulting and releasing services to independent producers, production companies, record labels, and studios. The company has released films for HBO, MGM, Universal Music Group, MCA Universal, EMI, Virgin Records, National Film Board of Canada, A&E, Columbia Tri-Star, and Discovery Communications.

With an expertise in music documentaries in particular, 7th Art has provided releasing, press, event, and booking services for such films as:

• George Harrison: Living in the Material World
• White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights
• Ben Harper: Pleasure + Pain
• Peter Gabriel: Growing Up on Tour
• Rock The Bells
• The Swell Season
• Radiohead: Meeting People is Easy


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