Film maker Kevin Kangas ("Hunting Humans", "Fear of Clowns") recently got in touch to tell us about his new film "Garden of Hedon" and the unique kick starter crowd-sourcing campaign they're launched to get it released.
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.
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.”
Enter the internet and crowd-sourcing. “If we raise what is basically our budget for the film,” says producer Luke Theriault, “we can get this movie out to everyone. You can watch it on your laptop, on your ipad, on your Xbox or your Playstation, or any internet-enabled Blu-ray player. There will be torrents in DVD and Blu-Ray quality. It’s instant gratification.”Kangas added that those who still enjoy physical media can get a Blu-Ray at the $40 donation level.
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”) and John C. Bailey (“The Men Who Built America”). 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
See also http://www.kangaskahnfilms.com/