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New trailer, release info, festival

Arrow Films have just released a brand new trailer for the film, which you can watch here. Time is moving quickly toward the April release of their feature-loaded Blu-ray and launch on the Arrow Player streaming app.

You can currently watch the film on VOD across North America, but in April hours and hours of special features will also be available in USA, UK and Canada. Details on our ‘Rent/Buy/Stream‘ page. This includes all of the Arrow material being release, as well as the Canadian DVD and Digital Special Edition, via Indiecan.

Finally, we will be playing UK’s Grimmfest during their Easter Horror Nights, on Friday, April 2nd at 4pm.

Interview Subject Profile #1: Jon Reiss

In collecting interviews for this film, the goal has been to get as wide a spectrum of opinions and experiences as possible. Once a week I will be posting a brief profile of a different interview subject, including why I believe they bring valuable insight to the table.

I was first made aware of Jon Reiss a little while ago, when someone recommended I read his excellent book Think Outside the Box Office. After a little research, I realized he was a fountain of new-era distribution knowledge, and reached out to schedule the interview, which was recently shot in LA.

As the director of several films, Jon had some very interesting experiences when it came to releasing his doc Bomb It!, inspiring him to write Think Outside the Box Office. I read most of the book on the plane en route to LA, and was blown away by the approach. As well as, to be honest, a little scared.

What Jon is suggesting in his book is exactly the wake up call the indie scene needs. The old distribution and marketing models can still work, but only for the smallest percentage of films created each year. For everyone else, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and accept the amount of work required to make a film a success in the current market.

The interview I recorded with Jon was full of great information, but for a much deeper understanding of his message, read his books.


Site Launch / Continued Production

Welcome to CLAPBOARD JUNGLE, the new documentary from director Justin McConnell. Intended as a survival guide for the modern independent filmmaker, head on over to the About The Film section for more details, and check out the extensive list of interview subjects that have already been recorded.

The film has been in production since February 2014, quietly shooting under the codename ‘Slate & Game’. Since then we’ve collected 56 interviews so far, and shot countless hours of supporting footage. Most recently, a trip to LA was completed in which 16 interviews were obtained, including with such notable figures as Tom Holland, Brian Yuzna, Dick Miller and more!