SO... I've been advised I should start a blog...
My feature film 'Young Hearts Run Free' was released in the UK a few years ago but I've now had a chance to get it screened over in America. I've booked my plane tickets and I'm arranging a tour so the purpose of this blog is to keep you up to date with how things are going so you guys can learn about how I'm doing it and you can check out the film.
As well as passing on tips I'm learning about touring the film I will also expand into other things I get up to which will probably relate to either writing, music, social reform and politics.
For more advice and stuff I've learned about film distribution check out my Self-Distribution Guide here.
So now the intro is out of the way, here's my first blog post and the topic I'm going to cover is- why am I still going with this film? Why go through all the effort to self-distribute in an entirely different continent?
'Young Hearts Run Free' has taken up, literally, years of my life. It's had a good run so perhaps it is time to call it a day. I am still moving on to other things. I have two features in development, one quite well advanced, and I've been able to music videos and look for more paid directing work. I have often thought to myself over these years, why don't I just leave it behind me and just concentrate on the exciting projects I'm doing right now? The thing is, once you've made your film, it's probably one of the few assets you've got (your mates probably bought houses instead) and really you should be exploiting its potential as best you can, getting more people to see it (you want to entertain people) and you want to recoup as much of the cost as you can. Why did Mallory want to climb Everest? 'Because it's there!'
There are some other reasons to justify it:
I've got a few mates in the states who I've been promising to visit. It's the 'Land of Opportunity' eh? So I might meet some useful contacts in LA. I've perhaps had three or four holidays in the last ten years and I want to see a bit more of the world. So it's part business, part pleasure.
Next time I'll be getting into the nitty gritty of how I'm using the TUGG platform for arranging screenings and whre I'll be going.