Amazon, the IFT, and Festivals!

Oh my! A lot to unpack today.

First, some good news! Narrow Bridge has been recognized by the Tagore IFF Sun of the East Awards with several nominations including: BEST ACTOR – Sam Platizky (Yellow Scare), BEST ACTOR – Isaac Platizky (I’ve Got You Beat), BEST DIRECTOR – William R. Farley (I’ve Got You Beat), BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE (Yellow Scare), BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY (Yellow Scare), and BEST SHORT COMEDY (I’ve Got You Beat).

We also have to shout out our friends at Cross the Line Productions & Maniac Productions for their Sun of the East Award nominations for: BEST DIRECTOR – Jayleen S. Perez (Karmen), BEST ACTRESS – Loarina Gonzalez (Karmen), BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Dan Gregory (Karmen), BEST ACTOR – Joey Mosca (The IIFF), BEST DIRECTOR – Joey Mosca & Dan Gregory (The IIFF), and BEST COMEDY SHORT (The IIFF).

Now, for the less good news. A few years ago, Amazon presented itself as a supporter of independent film. However, over the last year or so, they have shown that that is not the case. First, Click Send was completely taken down from Prime. Then they announced that they would no longer be accepting short films to Prime. Then, they announced that their Media on Demand side of the business was closing, which meant that there would be no more DVD’s/BluRays after June 1. Finally, today, we found out that they removed Cabin of Errors & Yellow Scare from Prime.

Now, you can still rent/buy the films digitally (for now), but Amazon Prime subscribers can no longer stream them as a part of their subscription.

It is extremely discouraging, but Amazon Prime is a business, and even though they have made billions and billions during the pandemic alone, they decided that somehow they couldn’t afford to have indie films on their service any longer.

But that opens the door for other streaming services that actually do care about indie film.

Starting on April 20th, the Indie Film Theater Network will launch. Some of our extremely talented friends are a part of this, and they have invited us along on the journey. So… THREE NBF films will be streaming on IFT. Two of the three will be exclusive to IFT, and will be streaming for the first time outside of the festival circuit. We’ll post more details as we get closer to the launch.

Finally, tomorrow we are scheduled to finish production of Tales from the Narrow Bridge: The Wyrmwood Devil! We will be shooting the segment The Devil’s Threeway, Directed by Sami Saad; Written by Isaac & Sam Platizky; Lights & Sound by Joey Mosca; Starring: Alannah McCord, Rivers Duggan, and Carlos Rivero.

After that, we will move into post production, and we MIGHT be asking you for some help with that… But more on that later.

Stay tuned!

Published by splatizky

Actor, Writer, Producer, & Dreamer from Bayonne, NJ.

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