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Joe Amodei

Virgil Films

“At Virgil Films we pride ourselves as being an all-in distribution company. Our unparalleled experience in the movie business has allowed us to understand each film’s potential and plan accordingly. One of our strengths is being able to adapt to the latest industry trends and we specialize in staying ahead of the curve on emerging potential revenue streams. We are an industry leader not only when it comes to traditional home video releases but also in cutting-edge technology and digital distribution methods. Our reputation in the industry has allowed us to forge direct relationships with all major retail and rental outlets – whether it is brick and mortar, online, TV or video on demand. We look forward to exploring the opportunity of distributing your film.”

Joe Amodei has enjoyed a career in the video industry for close to thirty years. Joe is one of the few industry veterans who can honestly say he was around since the beginning - when video stores seemed to be on every corner. From the demise of Beta and VHS, through the DVD and eventual Blu-ray convergence and on to today’s digital world, Amodei has seen and been a part of it all. His personal love for independent films and documentaries made its way into his business life when he became President of USA Home Entertainment in 2000. Previously he had enjoyed stints at Polygram Home Video, Turner Home Entertainment and Live Home Entertainment. But it was his work at USA that changed his outlook on films and the industry at large. While shepherding films like Steven Soderbergh’s TRAFFIC, Spike Jones’ BEING JOHN MALKOVICH and Robert Altman’s GOSFORD PARK into the home entertainment world, Amodei learned what it took to get these films noticed. When USA was sold he partnered with John Hart and Jeff Sharp and created Hart Sharp Video. Since then there has been a name change to Virgil Films and Entertainment - but the indie spirit continues. Under Amodei’s leadership the company has released such award winning hits as SUPER SIZE ME, PAPER CLIPS, RESTREPO, AMREEKA, FORKS OVER KNIVES and a host of other hit indie films. He has been able to take his own passion and love for “everything movies” and turn it into a way to help young filmmakers see their dream of getting their film seen. This is his biggest accomplishment.

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