|Poster for The Diary of Preston Plummer|
Finding a means for distributing your film to the foreign markets outside of the United States is never easy, especially for small dramatic films.
|Trevor Morgan as Preston Plummer|
Foreign sales agents want films that have actors who already have worldwide fans. This usually means films with actors who have starred in huge tentpole films like Batman, Spiderman, Transformers, X-Men, Harry Potter, etc etc. I don't make these kind of films so it stands to reason that the films I do make would need a different delivery method - one that allows us to reach our audience direct.
|Rumer Willis as Kate|
So how do independent filmmakers get their small, dramatic films to a foreign audience? To date, we have had to find foreign sales agents willing to take a chance on our film and then we have watched as our revenue was eaten up by their expenses. This is a practice that doesn't work. We need a better way to get our films to our foreign audience.
|Christopher Cousins as Walter & Erin Dilly as Emily|
In the end, you may have sold your small indie title worldwide, but did you see substantial income from it or any at all? We as filmmakers have to remind ourselves that we are in a business and it's bad business to not see revenue from your product. End of story. We need to become smart about our business and create a sustainable method of getting our films to our audience.
|On set with Rumer and Trevor and director Sean Ackerman|
Too often, filmmakers feel like they have no other choice but to sigh and say, well at least it has reached a wider audience as they watch all of the earnings for their hard work go to everyone else but them.
|Robert Loggia as John|
THIS MUST STOP! We need to take control of our titles and work together to build viable distribution platforms for our titles whereby content creators are earning the lion's share of the revenue.
With this intention in mind, we have decided to work with IndieReign.com in launching our film The Diary of Preston Plummer into most foreign territories. If you live outside of the United States and Canada and you are not in the Benelux region (as we sold the film in that region to a different distributor), you can watch The Diary of Preston Plummer on IndieReign.
|Rumer Willis as Kate & Trevor Morgan as Preston Plummer|
I really hope you do watch it. This was a film that was the result of a lot of hard work by independent filmmakers and talent who believed in its creation. We had an awesome creative team and great actors: Trevor Morgan, Rumer Willis and Robert Loggia and a wonderful director Sean Ackerman. This film deserves to be seen and we hope you agree.
|Sean Ackerman, director|
|On set with Rumer Willis, Me (producer), Trevor Morgan|
Watch The Diary of Preston Plummer on IndieReign here: