Riding in to work this morning, I heard big-time Hollywood director Brett Ratner on The Howard Stern Show discussing his troubles with dwindling box office takes for big budget films. He went on to say how hard it’s becoming to pay movie stars’ giant salaries with income decreasing due to film pirating and other factors. Well, Mr. Ratner, I’m a big fan of your work, but let me tell you, indies have proven you don’t have to pay eight-figure salaries to make a great movie, and Memory Lane hopes to be the next film to prove that.
Filmed for an amazing budget of less than $300, Memory Lane led to first-time filmmaker Shawn Holmes being the youngest nominee ever for the West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year Award. And here’s the good news: You’re getting a chance to see the film … FREE! For one weekend only, starting this Friday, November 11th, at midnight (that’s 12:00am Friday morning), you can go to the Memory Lane webpage and see the film…gratis!
We’ve got the trailer here below, and for a film that cost $300 to make, it looks incredible! It’s got a real Flatliners feel to it. Memory Lane stars Michael Allen, Zac Snyder, Meg Barrick and Julian Curi.
From the Press Release
Memory Lane is a rare, truly independent thriller shot for only $300 about a war veteran who travels between our world and the afterlife in search of his fiancée’s killer…by stopping and starting his own heart. At midnight on 11/11/11 Shawn Holmes, the youngest nominee in the history of the West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year Award, will release Memory Lane online for free for one weekend only.
Writer, director, and producer Shawn Holmes stated, “Innovation is paramount to our success. I’m giving it away because you just don’t do that.”
As film festival entries cost as much as his entire movie, he chose to skip the festival route early in the film’s release and give it away for one weekend on his website 553AM.com. “We may have a festival run, we may not. We’re living in this crazy time where traditional gatekeepers can be circumvented altogether. The VCR, DVD players, in-home 3D and internet; history has proven that movies aren’t limited to thriving on the silver screen and that with advances in technology come advances in how we watch them. Alfred Hitchcock said that television was like the invention of indoor plumbing. That it didn’t change people’s habits, it just kept them inside. Had the internet existed in his lifetime as it does in ours, he could have easily made the same realization that we have,” claims Holmes.
In less than a week, the trailer received over 17,000 views on YouTube. He has an active Facebook presence with over 4,400 fans. Memory Lane will be released in its entirety on Friday, 11/11/11 at midnight and will stay up until Sunday, 11/13/11. A limited number of autographed DVDs are available for purchase online.
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