Neyda Martinez

“Jon's deep knowledge, commitment, creativity, and encouragement never left me and I seek to pass it on. I felt seen and appreciated by my Jon in a way that fueled my courage to stick with the field, no matter how challenging or daunting. And, when I think of him, I never feel alone. No matter how many years go by, I know with confidence that I can call on him for counsel. Jon's course had a tremendous impact on me -- both reaffirming and enlightening.”

Producer, Lucky, Decade of Fire

Bob Hercules

"Working with Jon Reiss and 8 Above was an amazing experience. I learned so much from working with them that it has changed my entire thought process about film distribution."

Director, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise


“Jon Reiss is a walking encyclopedia of Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Independent Filmmaking. He understands the increasingly complicated worlds of DIY and traditional distribution so that you don’t have to. He teaches you how to strategize successful campaigns and maximizes the impact of your film. He's smart and generous with what he knows and is worth every penny.”

Folk, Fambul Tok, A Decent Home

Sadhvi Siddhali Shree

“ When you believe in your film, work hard and have a partner like Jon with theatrical experience and vision, great things can happen.”

Director, Surviving Sex Trafficking