First Feature Film in History to Have Worldwide Commercial Debut on Internet
Award winning NOTHING SO STRANGE to have theatrical premiere on the same day.
NOTHING SO STRANGE, the critically acclaimed and award-winning faux documentary about the assassination of Bill Gates, will be the first feature film to have its worldwide commercial debut on the Internet. The film will be available as a high-quality QuickTime Player download at www.nothingsostrange.com on Friday, October 24, and will open a limited theatrical run exclusively in Seattle at the prestigious Consolidated Works cinema (www.conworks.org) on the same day.
The makers of NOTHING SO STRANGE thought that this ground-breaking strategy was the perfect match for their ground-breaking film.
"The technology has advanced in two keys ways to make this e-premiere possible," said the film’s director, Brian Flemming. "The Web versions of NOTHING SO STRANGE, compressed with Apple’s latest MPEG-4 technology, have incredible visual and sound quality at reasonable file sizes. Second, BitPass’ micropayment system makes it simple to charge for access to this type of content. Through a standard browser, users are able to access and view the file from literally anywhere in the world."
"This is an exciting application of the BitPass payment system," said Kurt Huang, BitPass CEO. 3We are pleased to participate in a ?first1 that is changing and shaping both the film and online worlds. The ability to easily access and pay for unique content provides an important Internet-based revenue model for independent films like NOTHING SO STRANGE."
From the start, the makers of the innovative THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, Haxan Films, have been consultants on NOTHING SO STRANGE and its Web strategies.
"This is probably the most exciting time in history for independent filmmakers, especially ones with controversial films," said Haxan Films’ Dan Myrick, the director of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. "Given the rapidly advancing state of technology, we know that other feature filmmakers are going to start doing their premieres this way, and we’re excited to be part of the first one to do this worldwide."
The NOTHING SO STRANGE e-premiere can be viewed on virtually any Windows or Macintosh computer using the free, cross-platform Apple QuickTime Player 6. The movie is available as a small progressive download for US$3 (130 MB, about 20 minutes from a broadband connection) or a large progressive download for US$5 (466 MB, about one hour from a broadband connection). The file is not crippled by any "digital rights management" technology. Once the user downloads the movie, he or she owns it and can watch it an unlimited number of times, and the file will never expire. Free sample excerpts are available at www.nothingsostrange.com
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