Some Girl(s): Neil LaBute launches his SXSW-vetted film on Vimeo
by Kyle Rupprecht

labute-neilIndependent production company Leeden Media has announced that it is eschewing traditional distribution offers for its new comedy-drama Some Girl(s) (which premiered at SXSW this year), and will exclusively distribute the film worldwide.

On June 28, the movie will hit theaters, as well as become available on Vimeo On Demand and on the film’s website. Some Girl(s) marks the first narrative feature to be released exclusively on Vimeo, which could lead to a significant shift in the ever-changing world of VOD and digital (and direct) distribution.

Patty West, producer of Some Girl(s) and partner at Leeden Media, is excited by this innovative distribution approach: “The opportunity to go straight from artist to audience is the future and Vimeo is offering a fantastic new platform. We were inspired by Amanda Palmer and Shane Carruth and of course, one of the stars of our film, Kristen Bell with her $5.7M Kickstarter campaign. These artists are doing it themselves and going directly to their audience. That’s really exciting for filmmakers.”

Chris Schwartz, also one of the company’s partners and a producer on Some Girl(s), added: “No one knows the film better than we do. No one cares as much as we do. So why not see that through to the end? Plus, as fans from around the world are asking to see the film, we don’t have to make them wait.”

While Some Girls(s) was making its debut at SXSW, Vimeo announced its new On Demand platform, which allows moviemakers to sell their work directly to viewers and offers an enticing 90/10 revenue split (as well as marketing control and the ability to set their own prices, streaming periods and region parameters).

Some Girl(s) was adapted from the acclaimed play by Neil LaBute (who also wrote the script), and follows a successful writer (Adam Brody) who, on the eve of his wedding, travels cross-country to visit ex-lovers in an attempt to make amends. The film was directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer, and co-stars Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, Mia Maestro, Jennifer Morrison and Emily Watson. In 1995, von Scherler Mayer’s debut film, the indie cult fave Party Girl, was the first feature to live stream for a worldwide audience, marking the start of the digital distribution trend.

For more information on Some Girl(s), click here.

For more information about Vimeo On Demand, click here.

Photo Courtesy of Jewish Journal


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