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Until Oct. 23: New Cinepacks bundle of inspiring sports docs

Our friends at Bond 360ª are hosting their second “Pay what you want” bundle of films under the banner of Cinepacks. Their inaugural VHX bundle experiment was the very awesome “Creativity Bundle" — Now, they’ve assembled four inspiring sports documentaries for customers on a sliding payment scale, available through Wednesday Oct. 23.
This kind of promotion is an awesome way for fans of one film in a publisher’s catalog to learn about others they might love. If you’re into surfing, basketball, professional jump-roping, the ocean, smalltown America, marathons, sand, ultimate adventure, or being inspired by the will and determination of the human spirit, check out Stephanie in the Water, Medora, Doubletime, and Desert Runners — or gift it to a friend right in the purchase form.
Check out the Sports bundle
Learn how to use the “pay what you want" feature.
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Until Oct. 23: New Cinepacks bundle of inspiring sports docs

Our friends at Bond 360ª are hosting their second “Pay what you want” bundle of films under the banner of Cinepacks. Their inaugural VHX bundle experiment was the very awesome “Creativity Bundle" — Now, they’ve assembled four inspiring sports documentaries for customers on a sliding payment scale, available through Wednesday Oct. 23.

This kind of promotion is an awesome way for fans of one film in a publisher’s catalog to learn about others they might love. If you’re into surfing, basketball, professional jump-roping, the ocean, smalltown America, marathons, sand, ultimate adventure, or being inspired by the will and determination of the human spirit, check out Stephanie in the Water, Medora, Doubletime, and Desert Runners — or gift it to a friend right in the purchase form.

Check out the Sports bundle

Learn how to use the “pay what you want" feature.

Jamie W. on “Hollywood 2.0”

"You might’ve made the most amazing film in the world but you have zero followers on Twitter. What are you going to be doing to get the word out?"

"In the old system, that meant you needed to take it to festivals, and  get permission from a lot of people to get this out to audiences. But, in the new paradigm of the Web, there are so many people who can help you promote that it just becomes a question of: How do I get in touch with them? How do I get this in front of them? How do I send them a Screener, or send them a Free Copy, so they can check this out and fall in love with it, and then help me get the word out?"  –Jamie Wilkinson re: direct internet distribution on Peter Katz’s podcast, Hollywood 2.0

On that note: Learn more about sending free, secure digital screeners


Link YouTube videos straight to your site

With YouTube Annotations, you can add pop-up notes to your videos that send viewers straight to your website in just a click! Use them to point fans to your buy page, tell them about related content they’ll love, even share a coupon code.Don’t have anything on YouTube? Check out these pro-tips for what to add! If you’ve already posted your trailer, add some annotations now and start converting YouTube views to *sales.* PRETTY COOL.
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Link YouTube videos straight to your site

With YouTube Annotations, you can add pop-up notes to your videos that send viewers straight to your website in just a click! Use them to point fans to your buy page, tell them about related content they’ll love, even share a coupon code.

Don’t have anything on YouTube? Check out these pro-tips for what to add! If you’ve already posted your trailer, add some annotations now and start converting YouTube views to *sales.* PRETTY COOL.


Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

It’s their 20th anniversary, and Foo Fighters are about to release their eighth album, “Sonic Highways.” Each of the eight tracks was recorded in a different US city: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and DC. And why stop there? There’s also a corresponding, eight-episode musical travelogue for HBO by the same name, with appearances from Willie Nelson to Coldplay — Dolly Parton to Kiss. Dave Grohl, please take us on your next road trip. 
Sonic Highways the series premieres on HBO in the U.S. of A. on October 17th. If you’re outside America, GOOD NEWS: You can pre-order it now at buy.foofighters.com.
 
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Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

It’s their 20th anniversary, and Foo Fighters are about to release their eighth album, “Sonic Highways.” Each of the eight tracks was recorded in a different US city: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and DC. And why stop there? There’s also a corresponding, eight-episode musical travelogue for HBO by the same name, with appearances from Willie Nelson to Coldplay — Dolly Parton to Kiss. Dave Grohl, please take us on your next road trip. 

Sonic Highways the series premieres on HBO in the U.S. of A. on October 17th. If you’re outside America, GOOD NEWS: You can pre-order it now at buy.foofighters.com.

 


So much HARMONTOWN
GOOD NEWS for fans / friends / anyone at all fascinated by Dan Harmon: Starting today, pre-order special and deluxe editions of the new Harmontown doc exclusively at live.harmontown.com. Get discounts, instant downloads, and an insane 50 hours of bonus footage. 
The new doc from Neil Berkeley (Beauty is Embarrassing) features praise and trash-talking from the likes of Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, and other hilarious people, plus a whole lot of Dan shirtless. You’ve been warned.
Go to Harmontown.
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So much HARMONTOWN

GOOD NEWS for fans / friends / anyone at all fascinated by Dan Harmon: Starting today, pre-order special and deluxe editions of the new Harmontown doc exclusively at live.harmontown.com. Get discounts, instant downloads, and an insane 50 hours of bonus footage. 

The new doc from Neil Berkeley (Beauty is Embarrassing) features praise and trash-talking from the likes of Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, and other hilarious people, plus a whole lot of Dan shirtless. You’ve been warned.

Go to Harmontown.

Meet Kino Cult — And their limited-time bundle of cult thrillers

Inspirational move for distributors — and great news for horror film fans: Kino Lorber just launched Kino-Cult.com, the new go-to for zombies, vampires, goth, gore and all the other horrific fixings of cult cinema. Their entire library has been remastered into STHD (that’s “spine-tingling HD”), all available downloadable and DRM-free so fans of the genre can watch from anywhere.

For “a limited time,” they’re also offering an intro bundle. UK gothic horror The Asphyx, Mario Bava’s Hatchet for the Honeymoon, Jean Rollin’s The Iron Rose and Curtis Harrington’s Night Tide. Halloween movie marathon, anyone?

“ The idea is really simple: websites are an under-utilized resource that filmmakers and distributors can use to reach fans directly. You can actually have a relationship with your audience, you can get data about what’s happening, and you can deliver a high-quality watching experience without having to rely on somebody else. ”
–Jamie Wilkinson on why filmmakers need websites at IFP’s Independent Film Week

Available til Sunday: Extreme Drafthouse bundle
Our friends at Drafthouse Films have assembled a handful of the best stuff out there — from vintage cult thrillers to bombastic docs — into a bundle of five great films for ten bucks, available now through Sunday: Ms. 45 (ultimate chick revenge flick), A Band Called Death (epic punk rock doc), The Visitor (“The Sci-Fi/Horror Epic That 1979 Couldn’t Handle”), The Dog (the outrageous real life behind Dog Day Afternoon), and The Final Member (yeah, just… watch the trailer). 
In addition to five features, they’re including over 13 hours of bonus content. Three-day-weekend movie marathon commence!
This weekend only: Go get the Drafthouse Bundle.
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Available til Sunday: Extreme Drafthouse bundle

Our friends at Drafthouse Films have assembled a handful of the best stuff out there — from vintage cult thrillers to bombastic docs — into a bundle of five great films for ten bucks, available now through Sunday: Ms. 45 (ultimate chick revenge flick), A Band Called Death (epic punk rock doc), The Visitor (“The Sci-Fi/Horror Epic That 1979 Couldn’t Handle”), The Dog (the outrageous real life behind Dog Day Afternoon), and The Final Member (yeah, just… watch the trailer)

In addition to five features, they’re including over 13 hours of bonus contentThree-day-weekend movie marathon commence!

This weekend only: Go get the Drafthouse Bundle.


Pro-Tip: Crowdfunding → Sales
 We are totally inspired by doc Carb-Loaded's awesome coupon code. Which we won't give away — that's an honor reserved for their Kickstarter backers — but here’s a peek at how they’re converting crowdfunding supporters into sales by creating an extra incentive for word-of-mouth promotion.”This has been such a thrilling experience. We hope you enjoy the film, and you like it so much you tell your friends about it. Here is a card that we included in all of the DVD shipments.. Feel free to give them away.” –CARB-LOADEDHats off, guys! Learn more about Carb-Loaded here, or browse more publisher pro-tips.
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Pro-Tip: Crowdfunding → Sales

image We are totally inspired by doc Carb-Loaded's awesome coupon code. Which we won't give away — that's an honor reserved for their Kickstarter backers — but here’s a peek at how they’re converting crowdfunding supporters into sales by creating an extra incentive for word-of-mouth promotion.

This has been such a thrilling experience. We hope you enjoy the film, and you like it so much you tell your friends about it. Here is a card that we included in all of the DVD shipments.. Feel free to give them away.”
CARB-LOADED

Hats off, guys! Learn more about Carb-Loaded here, or browse more publisher pro-tips.


Hacking Arts @ MIT

This past weekend, Kevin Sheurs and Charlie Tran of VHX’s dev team had the distinct honor of mentoring at the MIT Hacking Arts hackathon. And speaking of honor, their mentees emerged victorious as “Best Hack in Film/TV/VR.” Video hackers LuxLoop used the Microsoft Kinect to experiment with how spatial and physical location of an audience can play a part in film storytelling. When the viewer walks across the room, the camera angle on screen responsively changes. Being closer or further from the screen affects the editing and camera angles as well, changing not just the viewing experience, but the film’s emotional impact at large.  *Pretty cool.* LuxLoop took home some Chromecasts and VHX schwag, plus ongoing mentorship.” 
Kevin also repped VHX on a panel called “CLOSER TO LIFE: SURROUNDING THE WORLD IN FILM / TV / DIGITAL" along with some excellent television, video, and film innovators. +1 for that title.
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Hacking Arts @ MIT

This past weekend, Kevin Sheurs and Charlie Tran of VHX’s dev team had the distinct honor of mentoring at the MIT Hacking Arts hackathon. And speaking of honor, their mentees emerged victorious as “Best Hack in Film/TV/VR.” Video hackers LuxLoop used the Microsoft Kinect to experiment with how spatial and physical location of an audience can play a part in film storytelling. When the viewer walks across the room, the camera angle on screen responsively changes. Being closer or further from the screen affects the editing and camera angles as well, changing not just the viewing experience, but the film’s emotional impact at large.  *Pretty cool.* LuxLoop took home some Chromecasts and VHX schwag, plus ongoing mentorship.” 

Kevin also repped VHX on a panel called “CLOSER TO LIFE: SURROUNDING THE WORLD IN FILM / TV / DIGITAL" along with some excellent television, video, and film innovators. +1 for that title.

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