This press release from an enterprising young film-maker turned up in my inbox this week. Good luck to him!
First-Time Filmmaker Shoots Film for Under $300, Gives it Away Online Free for One Weekend Only Beginning 11/11/11
First-time filmmaker Shawn Holmes joins the ranks of such forward-thinking filmmakers as Kevin Smith and The Polish Brothers. His debut film 'Memory Lane' is a rare truly independent film shot for only $300 and given away online free.
'Memory Lane' is a rare, truly independent thriller shot for only $300 about a war-veteran who travels between our world and the afterlife in search of his fiance's killer... by stopping and starting his own heart. At midnight on 11/11/11 at 553AM.com, Shawn Holmes, the youngest nominee in the history of the West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year Award, will release 'Memory Lane' online for free for one weekend only.
Writer, director, and producer Shawn Holmes stated, "Innovation is paramount to our success. I'm giving it away because you just don't do that."
As film festival entries cost as much as his entire movie, he chose to skip the festival route early in the film's release and give it away for one weekend on his website 553AM.com. "We may have a festival run, we may not. We're living in this crazy time where traditional gatekeepers can be circumvented altogether. The VCR, DVD players, in-home 3D and internet; history has proven that movies aren't limited to thriving on the silver screen and that with advances in technology come advances in how we watch them. Alfred Hitchcock said that television was like the invention of indoor plumbing. That it didn't change people's habits, it just kept them inside. Had the internet existed in his lifetime as it does in ours, he could have easily made the same realization that we have," claims Shawn.
In less than a week, the trailer received over 17,000 views on YouTube. He has an active Facebook presence with over 4,400 fans at www.facebook.com/MemoryLaneMovie. 'Memory Lane' will be released in its entirety at www.553AM.com on Friday, 11/11/11 at midnight and will stay up until Sunday, 11/13/11. A limited number of autographed DVDs are available for purchase at 553AM.com