The search for a distributor has long been the scourge of the independent filmmaker. Tapped out from production costs and eager to retain control of their work, filmmakers often lack the resources or inclination to shop their films to studios. Studios, meanwhile, take a pass on all but a handful of films.

San Francisco-based Internet Film Network, a client of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe partner Lawrence Kane, has made it possible for filmmakers to circumvent distributors and broadcast their films over the Internet.