Argot Pictures was founded by Jim Browne in the fall of 2005.
Jim Browne has been programming and producing film and video projects in New York City for over 20 years. As a film programmer, he got his start (1989-1993) with the experimental film series, REEL TIME at Performance Space 122. After leaving P.S. 122, he started a touring film series called The People’s Cinema. These programs often mixed live music with short films, programmed around specific themes.These shows played around New York City, and in venues in Chicago, San Francisco, Dublin, Ireland, Belgrade, Budapest and beyond.
He was the general manager and programmer for the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in the East Village of New York City. In 2004, he produced and programmed the film component of the Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues & Ideas, a city wide cultural festival around NYC. He conceived and produced the Films To See Before You Vote Tour, a “film festival in a box” that traveled to 14 states before the 2004 presidential election. He is the former Director of Theatrical Distribution for Plexifilm. He was a Programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival from 2006-2010. He has recently been named Programmer for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
He is a graduate of Bard College.
Derek Kane-Meddock is responsible for marketing, promotion, social media, outreach, and print traffic at Argot Pictures. He joined the company in February 2015 after contributing to a Sundance Institute research project on independent film distribution. Derek has more than a decade of experience developing film and media courses and has taught at New York University, Vassar College, Rutgers University, Hunter College, the University of Iowa, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. His writing has been published in Genre Meets Gender in Postwar Cinemas (University of Illinois Press, 2012).