“Integrity...this is one word that you don't see very often when asked to describe a distributor or sales agent in the film business. Annie Roney and everyone at ro*co films are people you can trust to give you and your film the personal attention and honesty that you deserve.”
“Foreign Sales Genius!”
“In an industry of dalliances, flake-outs and ever-shuffling priorities, ro*co's commitment to CRAWFORD, its authentically collaborative engagement and its consistency of action toward achieving the vision of worldwide distribution we had for the film stood out as fresh, honest and ultimately winning.”
“It's an honor for a documentary filmmaker to get to work with Annie Roney and her team at ro*co films. They choose very few films to distribute, and they work hard to market their choices. All of us at West Wind Productions are grateful to have benefited from ro*co's dedication to promoting and selling THE JUDGE AND THE GENERAL.”
“ro*co films is a delight to work with. Annie Roney and her staff are smart, responsive and understand the specific needs of the specific films they work with. I recommend them highly”
“Annie Roney's knowledge of the nuances of the documentary world are vital to any filmmaker looking for the right home for their project. Her straightforwardness and candor are refreshing and we trust her implicitly to represent our work to potential buyers and partners.”
“Annie and ro*co films are simply the best!”
“I guess we could start with the fact that I invited Annie to my wedding. In the several years we've worked together now, I've nearly completely forgotten that we're in a business relationship. Her transparency and enthusiasm and support has gone well beyond being a mere sales agent/distributor. Annie flew to Seattle for our US Premiere. She brought her daughter to our rough cut screening. She and Milan were at a rock concert/benefit we threw.
Annie was the first person to come on board for our film, signing us after the IFP Market in 2005, when all we had was a trailer. At the time, she was exclusively our foreign distributor. But as we navigated the treacherous waters of domestic sales agents, we were simultaneously growing to trust and love Annie, and kept looking for someone exactly like her. Unfortunately, there is no one even remotely like her in the business. So, eventually we asked her to represent our film domestically too, despite the fact that she didn't really do that at that point.
We trusted her completely, and we had found that that was a much rarer quality than we'd hoped. And it was the best decision we ever made. We said right from the beginning that we wanted a distributor we could trust as much as we trusted her, and she never pushed us to search for a bigger upfront deal or anything that might look better on her bottom line.
She listened to our desires for the film, and then lead us to exactly the deal we wanted with exactly the company we wanted, despite no big advance she could cash in on or any certainties of future profit. In fact, the main concern we have with Annie and ro*co is now we are completely spoiled. We expect everyone to treat us with respect and honesty and friendliness, and are constantly disappointed. We blame you for that Roney!
Oh, and I didn't get around to mentioning Cristine, who has also attended our various events and goes out of her way to inspire us and be helpful and tell us stories about her daughter wanting to watch our movie over again and well, what would you expect from someone Annie would hire? The two of them are a formidable team of forceful, effective and yet utterly charming and sweet colleagues. I hesitate to even say "colleague" because it sounds too formal. Friends.”
“Few distributors have a catalogue composed only of good titles, and fewer still appear to care passionately about their filmmakers in the way that Annie Roney does.
If I ever become a filmmaker again, I'll be going hotfoot chez Annie. As it is I look forward to meeting her. I'll be charmed by her yet again. If there's something I don't want, I'll somehow feel guilty because Annie sold it so charmingly.”
“If I said, "I wake up every morning and give thanks that Annie Roney is distributing The Weather Underground," it wouldn't be too far from the truth. I have been extremely pleased that we decided to go with ro*co films as our distributor for the film.
By taking a small number of very high quality films, Annie is able to focus a great deal of time and energy on each of her titles in a way that larger distributors cannot.
She is extremely motivated, impeccably honest, and 100 percent committed to supporting the filmmakers she represents. I cannot recommend Annie Roney and ro*co films enough.”
“There are only a few people who I have worked with in my 10 years in the documentary scene who I can jump up and down about.
I can say with absolute confidence that if Annie is interested in your project she will take care of it as if it were her own. Annie loves the films she represents and she believes it is vitally important to set these stories out into the world.
Annie is forceful without being abrasive, passionate without being pushy, she is articulate and elegant.
On a more mundane note: Annie pays on time; her accounts are clear; she ALWAYS does what she says she'll do; she responds to questions and needs immediately and she is the absolute definition of trustworthy, ethical and diligent. She is an utter delight to work with. I feel like ro*co films is a partner in our dream of distributing this film as widely as possible and she and her staff represent the film even better than I think I could.”