Justin Eugene Evans, the writer and director of ‘A Lonely Place for Dying’ released the first part of the movie to BitTorrent via the VODO services recently, opting for BitTorrent over traditional movie distribution channels. The cold war spy thriller starring James Cromwell will be broken into five installments which can be downloaded through VODO and it’s network of online distributors. The first part was released on June 30. The fifth and final installment will be available after the film’s theatrical release beginning in January, 2012.
This is not the first time a movie has released on BitTorrent. Earlier a movie named The Tunnel had simultaneously released on DVD and BitTorrent, and a number of independent low-budget movies have appeared on BitTorrent on and off. But A Lonely Place For Dying is the first high-quality movie on offer through the VODO network.
Justin Eugene Evans had reportedly received a dozen offers to release the film through traditional methods, however, none of the offers made sense to him financially or artistically. “Every producer’s rep, sales agent and independent distributor presented us with a draconian contract,” Evans said. “Between BitTorrent’s technology and VODO’s ability to deliver an audience we decided this was the superior path. This gives our motion picture global reach. And, VODO’s donation model is at the tipping point; with their help we’ll earn our investors just as much as we’d have received from a Los Angeles sales agent. While these experiments still raise inevitable questions about business models, one thing is sure. The platform is ready and BitTorrent has proven their intention to help.”
“BitTorrent is dedicated to helping filmmakers overcome the hurdles of global content distribution. The key ingredients? The elimination of expensive infrastructure and direct access to a massive audience,” said Shahi Ghanem, chief strategist at BitTorrent. “High-quality productions like A Lonely Place for Dying are proving that BitTorrent’s 100,000,000 million user community is a viable option for building a fan base. This film is a technically masterful motion picture that puts story and character front and center. We encourage our users to download the film and support the filmmakers. A Lonely Place for Dying will keep you on the edge of your seats.”
You can download the first part of A Lonely Place For Dying.