This is a question we get asked A LOT: When/where can I see June Falling Down? And then the follow up: I want to see this!! When/where can I see it?!?? (ya jerks!)
We’ve been asked this a lot. And the annoyance you or others feel is actually pretty flattering. We’re so glad you want to see our movie! (And if you’re like, dude, I haven’t heard of your movie, you’re super arrogant for assuming I need to see June is Falling or May Falls or December Trips or wtf else you’re shilling – well, lots of people want to see it! Maybe you’d like it too!)
So, here’s what’s up. We shot a tiny, tiny indie movie in 2014. Because we’re essentially a two person team it took a year and a half plus to finish it. We’ve gone to a bunch of festivals (eleven so far) in the last year. In fact, quite a few more than we ever planned on. And it’s not available online and hasn’t been shown publicly outside festivals? What gives?
(Here we are at Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth)
This actually isn’t unusual in indie film world, but in the Hollywood version of making movies you don’t normally hear about a film years in advance of the film finally being released. And I totally get how annoying it can be to hear about this movie that you can’t watch.
So we’ve been learning how to do this as we go. Shocking, I know. I predicted early on in our festivals that we’d be a slow burn, and that’s exactly what’s been happening. A tiny Wisconsin film with no movie stars (though EVERYONE in this movie is a movie star to meeeee!) – who goes to see that without some prompting and word of mouth? A select awesome few perhaps, but not a ton of people. (btw are we expecting tons and tons of viewers down the line? not really, but we want to reach as many as we can)
Soooo that meant going to festivals. And it’s paid off. (ps – important to know – during a festival run you can’t have the movie up online or screened publicly) Look, just last month, Leonard Maltin (yup, THAT Leonard Maltin) was part of the jury that voted us Best American Indie Feature at Sonoma International Film Festival. Don’t you want to see it more now??!?
(that’s me trying to be chill)
We’re building up great word of mouth, gathering laurels and awards, we’re getting this movie out in the world. And that means you, dear friends and soon-to-be-friends I hope, have to wait.
And, to be honest, we slowed down our submissions a little while ago – it’s expensive in every sense of the word going to a festival (well, not always, a few are very helpful indeed) and it’s exhausting (wonderful, but exhausting). We’re winding down.
We get asked a lot about distribution – have we gotten picked up, is anyone interested? We’ve had interest for sure. But we’re leaning away from it and more toward self-distribution.
But why?!? If someone doesn’t buy your movie you have FAILED.
That’s the perception. It’s not reality. We live in a world right now that’s obsessed with deals. Whole movies are made about making deals. Our “president” “wrote” a book about making deals, apparently that’s important to this “great” country. (I won’t be all **it’s the art, not the money! You fools! We made this movie with two people and people really like it, isn’t that crazy?!?** but there’s a little taste of that sentiment)
Here’s how we feel: why would we hand this movie over to a distribution company that will take a pretty big percentage of profits and won’t ever work as hard to publicize it as we would? Why don’t we just keep the rights to ourselves and pay off a tiny percentage of the thousands of dollars in debt on credit cards that we’ve put into this movie? How about when our next couple movies grow bigger and people go back to watch the first one, maybe we could send some checks to our actors down the line?
I like these thoughts. I like holding onto the first thing I’ve made rather than handing it over to one of the many, many companies that are preying on clueless first-time filmmakers. (Not that I’m not interested in distribution down the line!)
(Chris taking a breather on our Sonoma trip. In case you want to know about the airstream: IT WAS AWESOME.)
There’s more festivals to come, but we’re slowing down. And you’re going to see this movie soon, just not as soon as you (or we) would like.
And by the way, if you’re a Door County resident/visitor, and you’ve actually read this far, then, congrats! You now know that we’re screening this movie on June 29th at the Door County Auditorium! Get your tickets to see the movie where it was filmed! And we’ll be there! Party time!
And in case you found me annoying on social media asking for money to make this movie, you really ain’t seen nothing yet with me promoting the movie once it’s online. I get it, I’m annoying, but I get things done, you have to give me that. And then I nap. Byyeeeee.