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If you haven't noticed, we don't do a lot of Kickstarter/Indiegogo pieces around here. It's not that we don't love the indie community (we do, just in case this is your first visit), it's that with sheer amount of projects out there, we would spend all day just posting them. Instead, we choose the projects that are special to us, and when Kevin Kangas announced the launching of his Garden of Hedon Kickstarter campaign, I knew this was one we had to get out to the fans.
From the press release:
The filmmakers behind Garden of Hedon launched an unprecedented crowd-sourcing campaign today. Crowd-sourcing is traditionally used to fund the creation of feature films, but the innovation of the GOH campaign is that the film is already complete, and if the funding goal is reached, the producers will release the film for free all over the internet via torrents, Youtube, Vimeo and more.
So, basically, if they reach their funding (which, according to Producer Luke Theriault, is "basically our budget for the film"), it goes out everywhere. For free. You can choose to pledge $40 for a Blu-ray copy, or you can pledge less and watch it on Youtube, or, promises Theriault, even torrent a Blu-ray quality version of it. This is a win/win for everyone. Kangas Khan Films gets its budget back, you get a movie for a few bucks. But it has to reach it's goal. Don't be that guy who throws in nothing for the pizza but expects a slice. Nobody likes that guy. If everyone throws in some coin, even a little, everyone wins.
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The press release goes on to say:
Writer/director Kevin Kangas says it’s a “scary but intriguing” thing to attempt. He came up with the concept after being frustrated with traditional movie distribution. “Back in the day,” says Kangas, “like when Lionsgate distributed my second flick Fear of Clowns, a distributor would give you a healthy advance and then offer to pay you back-end royalties (which you’d never see). But the advance was normally enough that it didn’t matter. Then your film would come out about 18 months later.”
The problem now is that distributors are offering little-to-no advances, says Kangas, and most movies get rolled out on VOD platforms first and eventually may see a DVD/Blu-ray release up to five years later. “It’s frustrating. Distributors don’t want to pay you because they claim torrents and pirating are eating up their profits, so I thought ‘Why don’t I try to use the torrents to help us distribute the film?’”
The film, about a detective trapped in a supernatural house where women are being murdered, stars Richard Cutting (National Treasure 2), Danielle Lozeau (Legion, The Eye), John C. Bailey (The Men Who Built America), Beau Peregino (A Haunting), Paul Sieber (Ninjas Vs. Vampires) and Manuel Poblete (Game Change). The music score is by veteran composer Chad Seiter (Fringe, Star Trek, Lost).
The campaign, which includes previews and giveaways, can be found by searching for “Garden of Hedon” at Kickstarter or going to http://kck.st/11nbxZj.
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