TLAVideo Starts Independent Filmmaker Program

Tod Hunter
PHILADELPHIA — Online video retailer has started a new Independent Filmmaker Program, offering productions from non-studio sources. The first filmmaker to be featured is gay-themed documentary director T. Joe Murray.

“All of Murray’s films are independently distributed. Now that TLA offers them, our customers have the most varied selection possible,” explains Managing Editor Scott Cranin, who spearheaded the program. “We love to give our customers as many choices as possible."

Murray’s "Fish Can't Fly" is a look at the struggle GLBT individuals face when dealing with matters of spirituality and sexuality. "Almost Myself," which looks the lives of transgender women, received the Best Feature Documentary prize at the Tampa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Murray’s most recent film, "A Portable Tribe," is a look at the lives of gay men who enjoy camping and naturist events.

“My work has focused on the lesser-seen parts of GLBT culture,” Murray said. “My focus has been so heavy on making the film, the challenge of offering the films has been somewhat neglected. When TLA contacted me about being part of their catalog, I was thrilled. As an independent filmmaker, my work has been largely self funded, so sharing these DVD's helps to support future projects.”

TLA is inviting other independent filmmakers to help distribute their work to its customer base of fans of niche, GLBT and art house cinema.

"We are always open to working with new voices like T. Joe Murray,” Cranin said.

Filmmakers interested in submitting films to the TLA Independent Filmmaker Program can contact Cranin at