Ergo Distro International (EDI) is a feature-film distribution company that also co-finances high quality independent projects between Africa and the United States. It will serve as a launching pad for African and African-American filmmakers, who desire to market and distribute their feature films on both continents and throughout the Diaspora.
The first film on the slate to be distributed by EDI is “The Other Side,” which is making its theatrical debut in December 2018 in South Africa. The film explores the complexities of a nontraditional love triangle. It stars Roger Guenveur Smith (Marshall, Queen Sugar, AmericanGangster), Brad James (Superstition, Lets Stay Together, Underground, The New Edition Story), Erica Hubbard (Lets Stay Together, Chicago Med, 72 Hours), South African actress Altovise Lawrence (Love By Chance, Blood Drive NBC), Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. (Juwanna Man, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps) and Cocoa Brown ( Ted 2, Man and Wife, For Better or Worse).
Founded by independent film/television producers Dumi Gumbi, Samad Davis and Cati Weinek, the team decided to establish a business model to assist directors and producers in commercially showcasing their high quality dramas, action-thrillers and or romantic comedies to a broader market. “As a producer of African content, I believe the best films deserve a global audience. There is a lot we have to offer in Africa that is innovative and inspiring,” says Dumi Gumbi, Partner.
EDI has an established distribution pipeline in Africa for multi-platform releases (moving from theatrical, video-on-demand, television, airlines, streaming-video-on-demand and DVD), whereby films will be able to move smoothly between platforms, within a reasonable period of time. Based on their individual challenging experiences of releasing films in new markets, the EDI team is committed to replicating the same seamless release system in the North America market. This has traditionally been more difficult for minority, independent filmmakers to systemize, recoup the costs of production and actually make a profit.
“I’ve spent the last 10 years creating content within America and Africa, hoping to one day marry the two worlds, through entertaining, meaningful and commercially viable storytelling. EDI is that Bridge!” says, Samad Davis, Partner.
Finally, there is a secure and tested distribution pipeline that celebrates the creative and business side of filmmakers’ artistry, while connecting their work to audiences in both continents