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May 11, 2012
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VODO Spotlight#5: Steal This Film Part One – An Insight Into The First US Crackdown On The Pirate Bay and P2P Culture

Directed and Produced by The League of Noble Peers

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In April 2012, UK courts ordered Internet Service Providers to block access to Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, six years after the first internationally motivated attack on the site. Dangling at the end of a chain of alleged political corruption resulting in a Swedish Police raid on The Pirate Bay, the event became the subject of one of the most shared documentary series on the internet – Steal This Film.

Produced in 2006, Steal This Film Part One takes account of the prominent players in Swedish piracy culture at the time: The Pirate BayPiratbyrån, and the Pirate Party, investigating the alleged regulatory capture performed by the Hollywood film industry to leverage economic sanctions by the US government on Sweden through the WTO. As told in Steal This Film Part One, the US government allegedly pressurized the Swedish police into conducting a search and seizure against Swedish law for the purpose of disrupting The Pirate Bay’s BitTorrent tracker.

In Steal This Film Part One the filmmakers are inspired by the battle between old and new modes of distribution, between pirate sites and the institution of copyright. The documentary highlights issues surrounding todays harsh intellectual property laws, including the levying of lawsuits against innocent people, arrests made on flimsy pretexts, the gradual erosion of our privacy and bolstering of the surveillance state. The film argues these laws serve the sole purpose of destroying or delaying changes in what it means to create and exchange our creations.

”If Steal This Film encourages people to think creatively about the future of distribution, production and creativity, we have achieved our main goal.” The League of Noble Peers

 

 

 

 

”An interesting and inspiring movie about The Pirate Bay– the biggest BitTorrent file sharing website in the world.” Open Business Website

”At heart a traditionally-structured ‘talking heads’ documentary with amusing stylings from filmmakers who practice what they preach.” The Guardian

Steal This Film Part One was followed by Parts 2 and 2.5 to form a series examining the nature of P2P culture and the implications of authoritarian attempts to control it. BitTorrent downloads alone have been estimated to extend the reach of the series to in excess 10 million people.

http://www.stealthisfilm.com/Part2/

http://vodo.net/stf2

 

SUPPORT-AND-SHARE

Steal This Film Part One is available as a Free-To-Share download, and also in a variety of Support-And-Share streaming options. When you support the filmmakers with $5 or more, VODO provides you with links to private streams that enable you to distribute the film among friends, in addition to giving you access to a range of special extras.

SPOTLIGHT

VODO Spotlight is a new initiative promoting specially selected works from the VODO free-to-share film catalogue, celebrating the spectrum of compelling, weird, wonderful, stark, humorous and innovative talents behind them. Spotlight releases provide the same kind of support opportunities as headline releases, offering viewers the chance to share private streaming tokens as gifts and pick up great production memorabilia while supporting independent film and the free-to-share ethos.

 

Apr 25, 2012
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Rising Tide: A Coming-Of-Age Film With More Than A Touch Of Darkness

Directed and produced by Philip Shotton and Dawn Furness

FREE-TO-SHARE DOWNLOAD / SUPPORT-AND-SHARE STREAMING

A coming-of-age film with more than a touch of darkness, Rising Tide takes the simmering desires and uncertainties of teen experience and twists them into a tale of paranoia, loss and revenge.

With school exams over, it was one last chance to celebrate with close friends before going separate ways, but while toasting so-called ‘friendship’ and making plans for a final camping adventure together, Izzy, the new girl in the closely knit group, is hiding a dark and devastating past.

Izzy’s secret follows the friends to the remote, tidal island of Lindisfarne, steeped in myth and mystery, where her skeletons come well and truly out of the closet to take revenge on the trapped, terror-stricken teens.

VODO proudly presents Rising Tide in collaboration with Northern Film and Media. The production testifies to  innovative and passionate filmmaking with challenging means, which continues with the sequel, Rising Tide 2, currently in post-production. Proceeds from viewer support for this free-to-share release will help towards finishing the Rising Tide series and rewards for direct viewer contributions include supporting credits in part two (see below).

Rising Tide is hugely atmospheric, stylish, intriguing and chilling rite-of-passage horror movie. It’s a superb ensemble piece played by a cast of young talented actors

Timothy Spall OBE

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Dawn Furness

Dawn graduated in nuclear physics from university before pursuing her other passion, music. She worked as an opera singer – a dramatic soprano making her debut in La Traviata for Northern Opera, performing in concert with Pavarotti, and from 2006-10 touring with Scottish Opera.

Since making inroads into the film business; producing, screen-writing and directing, she’s been making a name for herself, including two award-winning UK Film Council shorts Enemy Lines and Try Again in 2008.

Philip Shotton

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Philip got a First Class degree in Film from London College of Printing, then graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with an MA degree in Film and Television. His degree film was awarded a Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival.

From directing music videos for Factory Records at the heart of the ‘Madchester’ scene with bands such as New Order and Happy Mondays, Philip went on to make documentaries for all the major British TV channels, including the prestigious BBC Everyman series. In 2000 he was awarded the Silver Rose of Montreaux for ‘Nobody Does it Better’, a documentary featuring Bond composer David Arnold.

Currently Philip is directing interactive films for the web and is also producing and directing feature films including the ‘Rising Tide’ series and ‘Frank’ (co-produced with Ciska Faulkner and directed by Richard Heslop.) Philip often does his own camerawork and thrives on collaboration with like-minded film makers who believe first and foremost in creativity and innovation.

Rising Tide is a Northern Film & Media production funded through Northern Film & Media’s Film Innovation Fund.

 

SUPPORT-AND-SHARE REWARDS

Along with the gift-streams that we give you to share with friends in our great support options, the producers of Rising Tide are providing a fine collection of bonus features and limited-edition items in exchange for your support. As well as a the shooting-script, poster files, video extras and a production stills collection, they have limited-edition signed DVDs and posters on offer, in addition to credits in the roll of honour in the forthcoming sequel, Rising Tide 2.

 

ABOUT NORTHERN FILM & MEDIA

Northern Film & Media invests in production, creative businesses and talent. The firm has a slate of commercial investments across the film, TV and digital media sectors. NFM regularly collaborates with industry partners such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Film4, BAFTA, Arts Council England, Skillset, Revolver, Kaleidoscope Entertainment, Salt and Soda Pictures. Staffed by industry experienced professionals, NFM also works in partnership with the public sector to drive growth, develop knowledge and build networks through a variety of events, initiatives and services.

 

LINKS

www.risingtidethemovie.com

www.northernmedia.org

Apr 17, 2012
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VODO Spotlight #4: END:CIV – A Case For Violence Against Capital

END:CIV examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?”‘

‘The causes underlying the collapse of civilizations are usually traced to overuse of resources. As we write this, the world is currently reeling from economic chaos, peak oil, climate change, environmental degradation, and political turmoil. Every day, the headlines re-hash stories of scandal and betrayal of the public trust. We don’t have to make outraged demands for the end of the current global system – it seems to be coming apart already.’

‘But acts of courage, compassion and altruism abound, even in the most damaged places. By documenting the resilience of the people hit hardest by war and repression, and the heroism of those coming forward to confront the crisis head-on, END:CIV illuminates a way out of this all-consuming madness and into a saner future.’

‘Backed by Jensen’s narrative, the film calls on us to act as if we truly love this land. The film trips along at a brisk pace, using music, archival footage, motion graphics, animation, slapstick and satire to deconstruct the global economic system, even as it implodes around us. END:CIV illustrates first-person stories of sacrifice and heroism with intense, emotionally-charged images that match Jensen’s poetic and intuitive approach. Scenes shot in the back country provide interludes of breathtaking natural beauty alongside clearcut evidence of horrific but commonplace destruction.’

END:CIV features interviews with Paul Watson, Waziyatawin, Gord Hill, Michael Becker, Peter Gelderloos, Lierre Keith, James Howard Kunstler, Stephanie McMillan, Qwatsinas, Rod Coronado, John Zerzan and more.

“A fierce critique of systematic violence and industrial civilization, End:Civ is not intended for garden-variety environmentalists. If you are anywhere below, say, an 8 on that sliding scale of pissed off, then this film is going to scare you ? which means you should watch it.”
-Eugene Weekly

“A tour de force film from Franklin Lopez which does more than justice to Derrick Jensen’s thesis that industrial civilization is destroying life on the planet. Employing all the contemporary audio visual techniques our digital world makes possible for a single brilliant penurious filmmaker, Lopez harvests sounds and images from our demented world to relentlessly show the rape of the mind and the earth. To those outside the small choir who see the message of resistance as obvious, this powerful film makes them deal with it either by denial or acknowledging, yes I see it is obvious.” James Becket -Director of The Best Revenge

SUPPORT-AND-SHARE

END:CIV is available as a free-to-share download, and also in a variety of support-and-share streaming options. When you support the filmmaker with $5 or more, VODO provides you with direct streaming links that enable you to distribute the film among friends in a quick and accessible way. To help viewers spread END:CIV and provocative framing of environmental crisis and radical action for addressing it, we’re rewarding direct support with intensive stream-sharing opportunities to help spread the film’s provocation further.

 

SPOTLIGHT

VODO Spotlight is a new initiative promoting specially selected works from the VODO free-to-share film catalogue, celebrating the spectrum of compelling, weird, wonderful, stark, humorous and innovative talents behind them. Spotlight releases provide the same kind of support opportunities as headline releases, offering viewers the chance to share private streaming tokens as gifts and pick up great production memorabilia while supporting independent film and the free-to-share ethos.

 

Enjoy and share!

Best,

VODO

 

Apr 3, 2012
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Exhibit A: Found Camcorder Captures Family Descent Into Crisis And Horror, Free-To-Share On VODO

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UK CERTIFICATE 18

Winner of the prestigious Raindance Film Festival and nominated for three British Independent Film Awards, Exhibit A tells the timely story of a normal family disintegrating under financial pressure into an unimaginable nightmare.

All is not as it seems as the King family go about their day-to-day lives oblivious of the horror to come. Dad Andy (Bradley Cole) is nursing a secret that ultimately leads to terrible consequences for them all. We witness these chilling events unfold through daughter Judith’s (Brittany Ashworth) video camera.

Exhibit A is the seemingly unedited tape removed from the scene of a truly awful crime. The film unravels disguised as a home movie and is inspired by the many men in real life who are known to their neighbours as devoted husbands and fathers, but for unknowable reasons suddenly decide to take drastic action to protect their loved ones.

The inventive concept and shocking story, tiny cast and domestic setting make this challenging film an innovative and shocking comment on the complex bloodlust between cinema and audience. Exhibit A is the Bigger Pictures and Warp Films co-production that has left a trail of stunned audiences at festivals all over the world and won’t leave you the same person!

“Pantwettingly scary”
Empire

“Brilliantly bleak and British”
The Times

“A masterpiece of gradually escalating horror”
Sight & Sound

“An absolute masterpiece of independent filmmaking”
GoreZone magazine

“The single most harrowing thing I’ve seen… since Gaspar Noé’s Irreversible”
24 fps

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Writer / Director – Dom Rotheroe
Dom Rotheroe’s first movie was My Brother Tom(FilmFour) starring Ben Whishaw, which premiered at the Tigers in Rotterdam and won thirteen awards internationally. He is best known as a documentary director for BAFTA-nominated A Sarajevo Diaryand the multi award-winning Coconut Revolutionboth for Channel 4.

Writer / Producer – Darren Bender
Darren Bender is a former Channel 4 Commissioning Editor who created long-running new talent series The Other Side(for documentary directors) and Coming Up(for drama writers and directors). He developed The Hamburg Cellfor Channel 4 and HBO before becoming Head of Production at Screen East and then setting up Bigger Pictures

AWARDS AND SCREENINGS

Best UK Feature (Winner)
Raindance Film Festival 2007

- Best Achievement in Production (Nominee)
- Most Promising Newcomer (Bradley Cole) (Nominee)
- The Raindance Award (Nominee)
British Independent Film Awards 2007

Special Screening
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2007

Sofia International Film Festival 2008

LINKS

Join Exhibit A on Facebook!
Join Exhibit A on Twitter!

www.biggerpictures.co.uk
http://warp.net/films 

SUPPORT-AND-SHARE REWARDS

Along with the gift-streams that we give you to share with friends in our great support options, the producers of Exhibit A are providing a fine collection of bonus features and limited-edition items in exchange for your support. As well as hi-res poster files, video extras and a production stills collection, they have the shooting scripts and a small number of Collector’s Edition DVDs on offer.

 

Enjoy and share!

Best,

VODO

Mar 20, 2012
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VODO Spotlight #3: Lanfranchi’s Memorial Discotheque – A Legendary DIY Art Space Vs The Man

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Director: Richard Baron
Bitter Man Films (2010)

Lanfranchi’s Memorial Discotheque was Sydney’s favourite artist-run space, situated on the second level of an inner city warehouse. Lanfranchi’s doubled as an unauthorised residence and performance venue for five years, growing from unlikely beginnings to become what director Neil Armfield (Candy, Belvoir St. Theatre) described as a ‘major strand of our city’s cultural DNA’.

The decaying warehouse hosted hundreds of shows and was an accessible starting point for Sydney’s emerging performers, artists and musicians. That is, until property development gets in the way and Lanfranchi’s residents were given sixty days to vacate the building.

The story of Lanfranchi’s is told through ex-residents such as Lucas Abela (Justice Yeldham); an experimental musician who plays amplified sheets of broken glass with his mouth – a show he developed at Lanfranchi’s and has since performed in more than forty countries. Others to be displaced included Dorkbot; a community of electrical engineering artists, the bastard cover band Winner, experimental theatre-comedy group Cab Sav and The Marrickville Jelly Wrestling Federation.

The film charts the last stand of a vital creative community around the DIY venue through which it has flourished. Despite the impending descent of authority down to the grass roots, the parties roll on during the final days of Lanfranchi’s until the building’s owners and police intervene. But with no replacement, and with Sydney’s vibrant underground art communities fractured, where will the city breed its cultural DNA?

 

FILM AWARDS AND SELECTIONS

Winner, Director’s Choice, Sydney Underground Film Festival (2010)
Winner, Best Documentary, Melbourne Underground Film Festival (2010)
Official Selection, Independent Spirit International Film Awards (2010)

REVIEWS

VICE Magazine A Movie About a Venue Called Lanfranchi’s
RealTime Arts Memorial for a Memorial
Sydney Morning Herald / The Age / Brisbane Times Last Days of a Cultural Experiment
Strangelove Magazine Underground Movies

 

SUPPORT-AND-SHARE

Lanfranchi’s Memorial Discotheque is available as a Free-To-Share download, and also in a variety of Support-And-Share streaming packages. When you support the filmmakers with as little as $5, VODO provides you with links to private streams that enable you to distribute the film among friends, in addition to giving you access to a range of special extras.

 

SPOTLIGHT

VODO Spotlight is a new initiative promoting specially selected works from the VODO free-to-share film catalogue, celebrating the spectrum of compelling, weird, wonderful, stark, humorous and innovative talents behind them. Spotlight releases provide the same kind of support opportunities as headline releases, offering viewers the chance to share private streaming tokens as gifts and pick up great production memorabilia while supporting independent film and the free-to-share ethos.

 

 

 

Mar 8, 2012
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I Think We’re Alone Now: A Film About Obsession, Inter-Dimensional Love and Tiffany, Free-To-Share On VODO

Every celebrity deals with his or her share of obsessive fans. Our latest free-to-share film release, I Think We’re Alone Now, is an equally humorous, compelling and unsettling documentary, re-edited exclusively for VODO, focusing on two individuals whose lives revolve around their unique expressions of love for 80s pop singer Tiffany.

Jeff Turner, a 50-year-old man from Santa Cruz, California has attended Tiffany concerts since 1988. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, he never had a girlfriend. Jeff spends his days hanging out on the streets of Santa Cruz, striking up conversations with anyone who has a moment to spare. Kelly McCormick is a 35-year-old intersex person from Denver, Colorado, who claims to have been friends with Tiffany as a teenager. She credits Tiffany as the shining star who has motivated her to do everything in her life.

Providing an intimate portrait of two people labeled stalkers by the media and other Tiffany fans, I Think We’re Alone Now is the celebrated first feature documentary by Writer/Director Sean Donnelly, taking you inside the lives of these two compelling characters, revealing the source of their clinging obsessions. The age-old story of unrequited love takes a comedic and emotional trip through themes of desperation, isolation, and hope, in the end showing that having something, or someone, to believe in can be more powerful than anything reality has to offer.

I Think We’re Alone Now is released as Standard and High Definition free-to-share torrents on VODO and is also available in a variety of streaming packages enabling you to share private streaming of the film with friends and access some great extras when you support the filmmaker with as little as $5.

 

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Film Threat

 

“…While it’ easy to focus on the pair’s troubling obsessions, Donnelly’s project is more of a story of unrequited love.”

Rolling Stone

 

“The film is a fascinating look at celebrity obsession from the point of view of the obsessed…”

Chicago Tribune

 

AWARDS AND SELECTIONS

World Premiere, Slamdance (2008)
Gold Best Documentary, Fantasia International Film Festival (2008)
Official Selection, Melbourne International Film Festival (2008)
Official Selection, IDFA Documentary Film Festival (2008)
Official Selection, True / Flase (2008)

 

I Think We’re Alone Now:  film website; iMDb page

Mar 7, 2012
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A Message To Our Creators, Partners and Supporters

VODO is a small but growing company. We began as a group of creative people (filmmakers and musicians mostly) who were inspired by the idea that P2P distribution could power a sustainable future for content creators. Just over two years in and that belief still holds. We also know that we have a lot to learn, bold experiments to make and a great deal to discover.

We try to bring the same positive energy that powers us as people into our dealings with everyone we interact with through VODO: artists, designers, filmmakers and partners. We do our very best to promote films and filmmakers and make their VODO experience positive. Of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t make mistakes, or that disagreements won’t occur from time to time. In this context, we are particularly concerned that our creators and supporters understand the following:

Accounting & Payments 

We provide complete transparency on all our transactions. Artists can see their Audience Sponsorship contributions as they come in via their Publisher Dashboard, and they can request a payout via PayPal at any time. We also provide full PayPal logs on request – including a complete list of donors’ emails. (In the future, we will automatically provide regular PayPal logs to all our main releases in addition to the information available on the site.)

Having had problems with cheques, we now pay larger payments only via bank transfer or PayPal. These are processed when we grab our PayPal reports or when a publisher requests it. As far as we are aware we have no outstanding payments with content creators who’ve requested payment. If you haven’t: please do!

Our Split With Content Creators

We operate a one-size-fits all split with Content Creators: everyone gets the same deal. In the past, artists got 25% of any advertising revenue and 75% of any audience sponsorship – after PayPal’s cut. As of 2012, creators receive 70% of audience donations made through VODO. 5% is used to cover payment fees, and another 5% goes to the Free Film Fund (which is designed to help new filmmakers make films specifically for sharing online!)

We do our best to make all filmmakers aware of this split, and we have only had one instance of confusion. We have taken steps to make sure this never happens again, by drafting a clearer agreement document and creating an artists’ guide that explains things in plain language.

Server Downtime

From time to time in 2011 and 2012 we’ve had trouble handling the amount of traffic we receive. You can imagine that dealing with a million plus downloads in each two week period (as has recently happened with our new show L5) can be tough: between the load on our BitTorrent tracker and our Web application, sometimes things go awry. This stresses us out massively. We’re working hard on setting up a new server, and rewriting large parts of our web application to deal with it.

Although we now dedicate all of our time to development of VODO, we are all indie creators at heart. Most of us continue to make music, write and, when we have time, make films. It delights us to be working with passionate people like Stanley von Medvey of L5, Josh Bernhard and Bracey Smith of Pioneer One, The Yes Men, Zeitgeist, The Tunnel and others. We really do consider their successes to be our own, and we take each and every criticism of our work very seriously. Let me end with notes from Josh Bernhard (Pioneer One) and Mike Bonano (The Yes Men) about their experiences working with us.

Josh:

 ”I’ve found VODO very easy to work with, willing to accomodate, interested in getting the best for the artist and trying to make the best arrangement possible. From my own experience with The Lionshare and Pioneer One, I was aware that we were trailblazing a lot and learning as we went along, so any bumps in the road I attributed to that… But those were few and far between, and I plan to continue putting out content through VODO since the process is only more streamlined and efficient. We’ve always been paid when we requested the funds. At one point VODO even made a special point of paying us before the funds would be cleared at their end because we were in a bind. It was appreciated.”

Mike:

“Releasing a P2P edition of our last film with VODO was a great experience. It was also–if you consider the effort-to-income ratio–the most lucrative distribution deal we had. Every other deal that we had required tons of work and money to promote it. With file sharing, the users do if for you. And for us, bringing in tens of thousands of dollars in donations was not the end of the story, because we now have a long list of people we can return to for future crowd-funding. We highly recommend it, it worked very well for us.”

We hope to be able to continue to provide you with a great service through VODO, whether you are a sharer or a creator. Please don’t hesitate to write to us with any questions or thoughts.

Jamie King (jamie@vo.do)

Founder, VODO.

7 March, 2012.

Feb 29, 2012
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VODO Spotlight #2: Sneeze Me Away – Award-Winning Animé Short For Kids And Adults Alike

We are excited to announce the second release in an ongoing series of films specially selected from our online catalogue, including a great competition with a beautiful artist’s-book up for grabs in exchange for your comments!

Sneeze Me Away is an enchanting animation for people of all ages, especially fans of Studio Ghibli-style animé, as fun for young children as it is charming and psychedelic for adults. Prepare to open your eyes to a fun filled, exciting adventure, as Thomas accidentally discovers one of the worlds little known mysteries. Thomas enters a fantastic, magical world full of unexpected occurrences and wondrous sights by sneezing with his eyes open, and now must enlist the aid of strange creatures to help him find his way home again.

Directed by Ryan Grobins, Sneeze Me Away is a short animated film aimed at young children, but people of all ages will enjoy the engaging storyline, wonderful sights, thrilling sounds and moving music, scored by Nicole Brady––winner of the Brian May Scholarship in Film Scoring, 2010-2012. This is the first film directed by Ryan Grobins, who has been working in the CG animation and VFX industry for over fifteen years. Nearly two years in the making with only two full-time creators and a handful of dedicated part-time helpers, it has won 9 awards and nominations and been selected for over 25 festival screenings worldwide.

Enjoy Sneeze Me Away as a free download, or support the artist and get streaming tickets to share the film with friends and family via immediate, private streams, in addition to a 13-set mp3 collection of award-winning composer Nicole Brady’s beautiful film score.

 

COMPETITION: FREE GIVE AWAY – THE ART OF SNEEZE ME AWAY!

Win yourself a copy of The Art of Sneeze Me Away. This book showcases the rich art made during the entire production of the short animated film. Inside you will find 80 full colour pages filled to the brim with concept art, final backgrounds, information about the film, and much more. Printed on higher quality Premium Paper, this book is perfect for lovers of animation, independent film and art.

All you need to do to be eligible to win is visit the Sneeze Me Away page on VODO and tell us your favourite thing about the film. On the April 1 2012 a random draw of all of the user names will be made and the winner will be declared in the comments section by the Director, Ryan Grobins. Good luck!

 

FILM AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

Hyart Film Festival – Best Animation
Park City Film Music Festival – Jury Choice Gold Medal for Excellence
High Desert Shorts International Film Festival – Best Animation
California International Animation Festival – Director’s Choice Award, Anime Section
Canadian International Film Festival – Award of Excellence
Kids First! Film Festival – Second, Independent Short, Ages 5-8
Australian Effects and Animation Festival – Finalist
8th Annual iP Short Film Contest – Finalist
Rome International Film Festival – Nominated, Best Animation

 

SPOTLIGHT

VODO Spotlight is a new initiative promoting specially selected works from the VODO free-to-share film catalogue, celebrating the spectrum of compelling, weird, wonderful, stark, humorous and innovative talents behind them. Spotlight releases provide the same kind of support opportunities as headline releases, offering viewers the chance to share private streaming tokens as gifts and pick up great production memorabilia while supporting independent film and the free-to-share ethos.

Feb 21, 2012
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L5: Hot New Crowdfunded Sci-Fi Series, Free-To-Share From VODO

L5 is a slick, dark and compelling new Sci-Fi series that premieres free-to-share today on VODO in partnership with BitTorrent Inc. The crowdfunded production raised its pilot budget through the generosity of donors from sites such as kickstarter and indiegogo, and will use direct support from viewers to realise each new episode.

The show follows the unfolding drama of the crew aboard the spaceship Argo as they awake from hypersleep into a nightmare. Having spent the last twenty years searching for a new home to salvage humanity from a dying earth they return to find something has gone terribly wrong. They have been mysteriously impelled 200 years into the future and find not a trace of any human life. The Argo’s Commander, Dr. Richard Adams, is determined to find some answers and, aided by the ship’s surgeon, Rod Lewis, and onboard Artificial Intelligence, Clarke, decides to explore the one clue to the massive floating O’Neill colony named L5. After an exploratory skiff goes missing inside the colony, Adams and Lewis venture inside themselves to find the answers they seek, but nothing can prepare them for what they are about to find…

L5 is directed by Stanley Von Medvey, written by Tom Ptasinski and realised in full digital splendour at Studio Hemogoblin in Chicago. The team’s goal was to create a compelling, high-production-value science fiction on a small budget. After endless hours in post production were volunteered by a talented team of visual effects artists all over the world, and with the spit and vinegar of home grown construction methods for building props, sets and costumes, as well as the unrelenting support of their families and the local art and business community in the Chicago area, the result was accomplished inside a budget of $15,000.

L5 now needs your help! Check out what the production team can do with so little. They want to multiply that, and do even more. They want to build a unique production environment that will enable them to continue creating more episodes of L5, as well as other original science fiction content. There are lots of great goodies to snap up with our L5 support incentives including private streams you can gift to friends, limited-edition production items and even Producer and Executive Producer credits on future releases and iMDb page if you’re inclined towards the heavyweight investment!

PLUS: ZENITH – SPECIAL GIFT-STREAMING AND LIMITED EDITION SUPPORT OFFERS FOR OUR VISIONARY CYBERPUNK MINI-SERIES

L5 follows hot on the heels of our groundbreaking made-for-torrent Sci-Fi series Pioneer One and the cool stylings of our three-part cyberpunk thriller Zenith, which have together racked up over 5 million downloads to date. In conjunction with the launch of L5 we’re running a special Zenith promotion with a range of incentives on offer, including gift tokens for private-streams of all three episodes you can share with friends when you support the show with $5 or more.

Happy sharing!

VODO

 

 

 

Feb 14, 2012
Admin

Sizzling Lesbian Sex Comedy ‘These Showers Can Talk’: Free To Share On VODO Now

We are delighted to announce the award-winning, lesbian sex comedy These Showers Can Talk as our first VODO Spotlight release, in collaboration with New York film director Gabrielle Lindau.

Produced and directed from an improvised script brought exquisitely to lustful life by a cast whose listings read like a Who’s Who of the New York City performing arts scene, These Showers Can Talk has won several awards including Best Director from My Lesbian Radio and Independent Filmmaker to Watch & Best Supporting Actress at the New York International Film Festival in 2011. Official selections include NYIFF, the Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival, and the Anthology Archives New Filmmakers Film Festival.

Rob “Diggy” Morrison who won a Grammy for his remix of Beyonce’s Crazy in Love composed the score for the film while the Emmy nominated Keith Patchel provided foley and sound mixing.

VODO Spotlight is a new initiative promoting specially selected works from the VODO free-to-share film catalogue, celebrating the spectrum of compelling, weird, wonderful, stark, humorous and innovative talents behind them. Spotlight releases provide the same kind of support opportunities as headline releases, providing viewers the chance to gift private streaming tokens to friends and pick up great production memorabilia while supporting independent film and the free-to-share ethos.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yours, as ever,

VODO