Open City Communications is highly regarded for its imaginative, innovative and properly aggressive public relations support for independent film and video releases, festivals, venues and events.

Founded in January 1994 by award-winning publicist and film scholar Phil Hall, the agency made its mark with the highly successful PR campaign for Arthur Dong’s award-winning documentary “Coming Out Under Fire.” Since then Open City Communications has worked with leading filmmakers such as Bertrand Tavernier (“It All Starts Today”), Takeshi Kitano (“Hana-Bi”), Penelope Spheeris (“We Sold Our Souls For Rock n’ Roll”), Catherine Breillat (“Fat Girl”), Peter Weir (“Picnic At Hanging Rock”), Bill Plympton (“Mondo Plympton”) and Mohsen Makhmalbaf (“Kandahar”).

Among the major independent distributors who’ve called on Open City Communications are: Zeitgeist Films, Winstar Cinema, Palm Pictures, Milestone Film & Video, Leisure Time Features, Cinema Village Features, Kit Parker Films, Avatar Films, Margin Films and Tidepoint Pictures.

Open City Communications has provided high-impact PR support for major film festivals such as the Gen Art Film Festival, the New York Animation Film Festival, the New York African Diaspora Film Festival, the Director’s View Film Festival, the B-Movie Film Festival, the Light+Screen Film Festival, and The Sync Online Film Festival.

Furthermore, Open City Communications has provided PR support for several independent film venues including the Lighthouse Cinema, the Siberia Bar and the Two Boots Den of Cin (all in New York) and the historic Darress Theatre in New Jersey. The agency is also the publicist for the annual Online Film Critics Society Awards and the annual induction for the B-Movie Hall of Fame.

For more information, visit Open City Communications online at or call the agency at (212) 714-3575