And Why Can’t We See Colin’s Films at our Local (US) Theatre ???

This fascinating article is not only enlightening … it gives hope that NETFLIX will become the champion of a new day, getting ‘smaller’ films to us easily and without the restrictions imposed by film ‘majors’.  Although this article focuses on a particular film purchased by Netflix, it contains seeds of the idea that Netflix plans to become a player in the industry, and not in the conventional way.  (here)

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“Beasts of No Nation” wasn’t just a high-stakes, death-defying production for its cast and crew. It’s also a dive off the cliff for Netflix, which acquired the movie for a whopping $12 million last winter, as part of a plan to upend the conventions of the film business in the same way it has transformed traditional TV viewing with original series such as “Orange Is the New Black,” “House of Cards” and “Daredevil.”

This week, “Beasts” enters the triple-gauntlet of film festivals (starting with Venice and Telluride, followed by Toronto), premiering Oct. 16 on Net­flix, the same day the film opens in platform release on 29 screens via distributor Bleecker Street. … But because the major chains — AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas, Cinemark Theatres and Carmike Cinemas — still refuse to show titles that aren’t exclusive to multiplexes, the only venues that “Beasts” can occupy are arthouse screens like the Alamo Drafthouse chain. “Netflix will have to prove its value to theater owners,” says John Fithian, president of the National Assn. of Theatre Owners, who admits to streaming movies at home.

Despite some resistance, Netflix’s entrance into the movie business will be a game changer…. the video-streaming goliath doesn’t need to rely on ticket sales to measure a film’s success. Rather, Netflix makes money through its paid subscriber base, which is 65 million and growing. … Sarandos pledges that Netflix’s slate will be much more diverse than those of studios. “We’re trying to make the films that are not getting made,” he says.  … Explains Sarandos,  “It struck me, as we’re getting into the film business, we should be picking projects that are exceptional films, and otherwise difficult to distribute.”

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7 comments on “And Why Can’t We See Colin’s Films at our Local (US) Theatre ???

  1. Twosocks says:

    This is interesting, Suntse. This may well be the future. We’ve already had experience with this with ToY. It looks like the same thing is happening in other cities. These films only play at art type theaters. The biggest problem I have with this is that these are usually older theaters that were built when you rode the street car to get to them. Parking your car is a headache and one of them here is in a place where they are actually rebuilding a trolley, so the street is a total mess. It just wasn’t worth it and I already had the DVD.

    I am afraid the DVD may also be seeing it’s last days. How much cheaper is it to simply distribute a film online than supplying every Walmart, Target, Best Buy, etc., with hard copies. TURN season two is still not available as a DVD. I am seriously considering getting one of those cables so I can download it to my iPad and watch it on the TV.

    On a bit of an odd note after watching Humans, maybe we won’t even have TVs at some point. Just a cable hanging out somewhere, closing our eyes, and virtual space. I liked it when Maxi said he wasn’t a telephone, but obviously they all could communicate in some way, and Anita/Mia clearly had access to the Internet. It’s a brave new world! And not too long ago it took me quite a while to convince my parents that there was a way to pause live TV. Not sure my dad ever really got it!

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    • Funny to think of that cable connection … one does wonder? And, is it true? Can we really pause live TV?? 😀 😀

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    • It was particularly upsetting to read “the major chains — AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas, Cinemark Theatres and Carmike Cinemas — still refuse to show titles that aren’t exclusive to multiplexes,” Good to know that someone has found a way to fight the giants. It does take money, and a large following. Netflix has taken their time to build slowly until they are now in a position to make their mark. I liked what they had to say about picking projects that are exceptional films, and otherwise difficult to distribute. They have already proven their willingness to include British offerings in their gallery: :Merlin, Last Tango in Halifax, Luther, etc. The optimist in me is looking forward to their success in film.

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    • p.s. Joan, I see that “Turn” has been ok’d for Season 3. Don’t know any more than that … but thought you would be interested.

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      • Twosocks says:

        Yes, I would. I certainly enjoyed the first season. Next time we’re out and about will definitely look for one of those chords. Of course, I can just watch it on the iPad, but some things need a bit bigger screen.

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  2. Twosocks says:

    The big chains just seem to want the big blockbusters that usually include lots of CGI, comic book heroes and infinite remakes of old movies. This is fine. Some movies are made for the big screen and the bigger the better. We, too, wanted to see Smaug in 3D IMAX! Even if they don’t want a full run on these smaller films, it would be nice for just a couple of showings. I suppose due to BC’s Oscar nomination, our ‘local’ theater is going to screen Hamlet–just once. If streaming services like Netflix find they can do well in this niche market maybe there is the chance for smaller film makers. I would be surprised if Waiting for You makes it onto screens here. We know about it because we’re part of a fan base, but it would be nice for those who aren’t to get the opportunity to see these films.

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  3. Your concern about seeing “Waiting for You” here is shared. I have left a question with Zephyr Films hoping to receive information on its release here and in the UK. It will be some time before that info is known, even by them, but we continue to watch and ‘wait’. 😉

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