Q: What happened to Victim’s Song after it was finished?
A: I tried every major film festival: Sundance, Austin, Slamdance, etc. Nobody seemed interested. So I started submitting to the next level of festivals on down. At this point I was getting sporadic work as a production assistant, storyboard artist, or whatever I can find. I was defaulting on credit cards and at the same time paying out more to get into these festivals. Only to see them turn me down.
I thought I was going to be another indie success story but I turned into a cautionary tale.
I had only been in Los Angeles for a couple months but I had no money and no hope. I was going to be forced to move back east if something didn’t happen soon. And then it did. I was involved in a violent car crash. Thank God. My car was totalled. I wasn’t hurt by the way. Just a trip to a chiropractor. Anyway my insurance provided a nice fat check. This allowed me to buy the cheapest car I could find, pay my rent, and of course enter more film festivals.
Eventually Victim’s Song got in to two festivals and won them both.
We sent the film to a number of websites that review independent films and the reviews came back great. People really liked the film.
Unfortunately a distribution deal never came.
Q: How do you feel about the film?
A: I’m disappointed that it didn’t get a distribution deal. But not for financial reasons. Sure I was wrecked financially for years but eventually I crawled out from under the debt. The disappointment was that no one was watching the film. You couldn’t jump on Netlflix and show it to people. As a filmmaker you want your work to be viewed, and talked about, and shared. Even if people hated it I just wanted them to see it. We put too much work into it just to have it sit in a shoebox under my bed.
I’m in no way disappointed in the film itself. I made the film I wanted. I love it.
I’m extremely proud of Victim’s Song and all the people who dedicated themselves to it.
Q: Why create this website?
A: Before the internet a film like this would very well have disappeared. But the world has changed. You no longer need giant studios to get your film out. It doesn’t have to play in a theater or sit on the shelf at blockbuster or even be on Netflix.
THE INTERNET IS DISTRIBUTION!
Victim’s Song has always been the little indie that could, but didn’t. Hopefully this website will help bring new attention to the film. My goal is for a million people to watch Victim’s Song.
I hope that this helps inspire other artists to seek alternative distribution methods, to innovate, and to keep trying.
Dreams don’t die, they evolve.
Thanks for reading.
Thanks for watching.