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New Film Distribution Method Sees BitTorrent Take Starring Role

Posted by: , 15:18 AEST, Sat July 2, 2011

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Film producers wants to prove that it is possible to use BitTorrent networks to promote films and gather funding before the theatrical release

Hollywood veteran James Cromwell has produced a new film, 'A Lonely Place For Dying', that will try out a new distribution model centered on the BitTorrent community.

Instead of seeking funding via the usual Hollywood sources, the film will be released in serialized format that will be free to download via the BitTorrent powered VODO. Other P2P partners include The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, uTorrent and FrostWire. Viewers can download for free, and if they like the film, they can offer donations which will become the funding source for polishing off the film, and getting it ready for a theatrical release.

So instead of seeing theatrical release end up illegally shared on BitTorrent networks, the producers of 'A Lonely Place For Dying' is hoping to reverse the process, to build up presence and publicity for the film online, before it gets screened.

"We're really excited about this release and the model the producers are following," VODO founder Jamie King told TorrentFreak.

"It's important to show how the popularity we can build for movies online can convert into paying cinemagoers down the road," King added.

This isn't the first time that producers have played around with the idea of using P2P to promote films, or to fund independent productions via the Internet. For exampple, 'The Tunnel' was funded entirely by selling frames of the film for $1 each, and then releasing the movie on BitTorrent for free, to promote the DVD edition of the film.

Do you support this new model of film distribution, or do you think that once people watch movies for free, they won't pay for it at the cinemas? Post your opinion in this news article's comments section, or in this forum thread:


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