The PBS show "Director's Cut" featured A Lonely Place For Dying and interviewed director, screenwriter and cinematographer Justin Eugene Evans during the 2011 Beloit International Film Festival (where it also won the award for best feature). The 30 minute episode aired on July 7th and is now available for streaming via Wisconsin Public Television's website.
Learn about the genesis of the story, see clips from the film, and find out how the ALPFD team made an epic movie on a micro budget.
A Lonely Place For Dying will begin a serialized distribution deal with VODO on Thursday, June 30th! The film will be broken into five installments which can be downloaded through VODO and it's network of online distributors. The fifth and final installment will be available after the film's theatrical release beginning in January, 2012.
"I'm thrilled to have the film made available through VODO." said director Justin Eugene Evans. "VODO can get an independent film seen by millions of people. It has helped filmmakers from around the world find an audience. And, while some of our movie theaters are nervous about this decision we believe that the torrenting audience isn't necessarily the same as the theatrical audience."
VODO proves we live in a very big world with seemingly contradictory answers; one can have a movie seen by millions and still only have reached 1% of the potential US theatrical market. While fearful distributors in Hollywood are terribly scared of this technology we are thrilled by the opportunity. We control the distribution of our content, we reap the financial rewards of our efforts and we find an online audience...and then a theatrical one as well.
"I can't wait until we begin our theatrical run. I'm incredibly excited." said Justin Eugene Evans.
In the meantime, A Lonely Place For Dying will conclude its festival run this fall. So far the film has played in 38 film festivals and been seen by roughly 10,000 ticket buyers. Justin Eugene Evans added "For the timid distributors who don't think there is a theatrical market for independent film all I've got to say is this; film festivals are ten times more crowded than any multiplex and individual movies have negligible opportunities to market their movie. Many festivals screen 200 films over 3-4 days with 7-8 films screening simultaneously. And yet, our film has packed theaters across the country. From Santa Fe to Wisconsin we've seen hundreds of people fill a theater..and the word of mouth was so strong our audience would be bigger the next night! Those are real ticket buyers plunking down 8-10 dollars a ticket to see our spy movie. Thanks to VODO and some very courageous investors we're going to prove to the world that the theatrical market is alive and kicking for independent motion pictures this January."
In addition to the film's VODO release they'll be releasing never-before-seen merchandise from the film including rare interviews with their special forces consultants, limited edition prints of the film's poster and a behind-the-scenes hardcover book.
Watch us on VODO...then watch us in the theater this January!
A Lonely Place For Dying's continues to accumulate festival awards across the country. The film's current track record is 38 official selections, 45 award nominations and 19 awards including 14 for best feature film...and festivals continue to ask for screeners of our motion picture!
"We've begun to turn festivals away. We're releasing the movie theatrically in January and while we hate to do it we've been declining requests beyond this December." said director Justin Eugene Evans.
On behalf of the entire film's cast and crew we are humbled and honored for how wonderfully the festival circuit has treated us. "I never thought our Cold War Spy Thriller would go this far." Justin added." Its been a wild, crazy ride. From Santa Fe's original rough-cut sneak preview to our final festivals this fall, I'm grateful to them all!"
TOTAL OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: 38 TOTAL NOMINATIONS: 45 TOTAL WINS: 19 BEST FEATURE: 14 NOT YET SCREENED IN: 3 ADDITIONAL INVITATIONS TO SUBMIT: APPROXIMATELY 20
Santa Fe Film Festival 3 Nominations: Tamalewood Best New Mexico Film Audience Choice Best of Fest 1 Win: Heineken Red Star Award
Durango Independent Film Festival 2 Nominations: Audience Awards: Best Narrative Feature Filmmaker's Choice 1 Win: Narrative Feature Jury Award
Sedona International Film Festival 2 Nominations: Best Cinematography Best Feature Film
Delray Beach Film Festival 1 Nomination: Best Feature Film Audience Award
San Diego Film Festival 3 Nominations: Best Narrative Feature Best Actor - Ross Marquand Best Screenplay
Cinema City Film Festival 1 Win: Best Feature Film
Flipside Film Market 1 Win: Best Feature Film
Eugene International Film Festival 1 Win: Best Action Film
Clearwater Film Festival 2 Nominations: Best Director Best Feature Film
Wild Rose Independent Film Festival 8 Nominations: Best Makeup & Hair Best Music Best Editing Best Lighting Design Best Ensemble Best Actor - Ross Marquand Best Director Best Feature Film 2 Wins: Best Visual Effects Best Cinematography (Certificate of DIstinctive Achievement)
Maverick Movie Awards 7 Nominations: Best Cinematography Best Actor - Ross Marquand Best Supporting Actor - Michael Wincott Best Production Design Best Special Effects Best Special Effects Make-Up The Precious 1 Win: Best Stunts
SNOB Film Festival 1 Win: Best Action Film
Best Of Fest 1 Win: Best Feature Film
Mountain Film Festival 1 Win: Sir Edmund Hillary Award For Best Feature Film
Beloit International Film Festival 1 Nomination: Best Soundtrack 2 Wins: Best Feature Film Best Screenplay
Myrtle Beach International Film Festival 2 Wins: Best Big Budget Feature Film Best Feature Film (Second Place)
Indie Spirit Film Festival 1 Win: Director's Choice Award for Best Feature Film
Park City Film Music Festival 1 Win: Silver Award For Best Original Score - Brent Daniels
Las Vegas Film Festival 1 Win: Golden Ace Award For Best Picture
Van Wert Independent Film Festival (July 8th - July 10th)
8 Nominations: Grand Prix (Best Feature Film) Audience Choice Award Outstanding Director - Justin Eugene Evans Outstanding Actor - Ross Marquand Oustanding Screenplay - Justin Eugene Evans Outstanding Cinematography - Justin Eugene Evans Outstanding Editing - Brad Stoddard Outstanding Original Score - Brent Daniels
Future Festivals SoCal Film Festival Burbank International Film Festival
...and 20 more requests from festivals occurring through the end of 2011.
And, there are many festivals that do not disclose all the nominations, so these are the ones we could verify. The list could be longer.
A Lonely Place For Dying Nominated For 8 Awards At Van Wert Independent Film Festival
A Lonely Place For Dying has been nominated for eight awards at the Van Wert Independent Film Festival in Van Wert, Ohio! Nominations include Grand Prix (Outstanding Feature), Audience Choice, Oustanding Director (Justin Eugene Evans), Outstanding Actor (Ross Marquand), Outstanding Screenplay (Justin Eugene Evans), Outstanding Cinematography (Justin Eugene Evans), Outstanding Editing (Brad Stoddard) & Outstanding Original Score (Brent Daniels.)
Our film will be playing at 9:15 PM on Saturday, July 9th in the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Justin Eugene Evans will be conducting a Q&A after the screening! If you are in the Ohio area we hope to see you there!
A Lonely Place For Dying Spotlight On WPT's Director's Cut
A Lonely Place For Dying was invited onto WPT's "Director's Cut," a PBS series that highlights the best in independent cinema. The show will air on WPT and a variety of PBS affiliates throughout the United States starting this July.
The show's producers and staff were wonderful. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity WPT!