It is with soiled knickers that I am pleased to announce that one of my favorite independent horror films of the past couple of years has finally gained distribution. Before I get into the details, let’s take a bit of a trip down memory lane, shall we?
The film grabbed my attention through my pals over at All Things Horror in late 2009. These fine gents put on a monthly screening of indie horror films (both feature lengths and shorts) in their hometown of Somerville, MA and have done a phenomenal job of doing so for almost 2 years now. When I read their review of the film and learned about its soon-to-be screening, I absolutely had to see it. I got in touch with the filmmaker, he sent me a copy, and I of course watched it and fell in love with this psychological horror masterpiece. It became an instant classic and a film that I will revisit time and time again.
Over the past year or so, I’ve formed a friendship with filmmaker Gregg Holtgrewe, conducting an interview and podcast with him for my blog and also doing my small bit to support the film as much as I can by posting any and all news relating to it. And through it all, I’ve followed the trials and tribulations that he has faced in getting his genre challenging film out to the masses. He has served as a one man PR and marketing department, pitching every Tom, Dick, Harry and Lisa along the way. Starting with top tier distro companies and working his way on to others, he has literally heard every excuse in the book. Despite having played over 20 film festivals, winning multiple awards, and landing on a few bloggers top 10 lists of 2010 (including yours truly), Gregg had to hear things like this:
– ‘I like the film but there are no big name stars.’
– ‘I like it but I feel like the film is already TOO much out there (as in having played too many festivals).’
– ‘I like it BUT I want to have been the one to have discovered it (again in reference to exposure).’
These are just a few examples and not actually verbatim excuses. But you get the idea.
However, all of the frustrations and anxieties that comes with this process are neither here nor there at this point. Dawning has finally found a home and a really top notch one at that. Breaking Glass Pictures is set to release Dawning sometime this June. No exact date has been given as of this post but I will provide an update on that when I receive news.
So huzzah to Gregg and the rest of the cast and crew of Dawning! It has been a long time coming but I hope it’s well worth the wait.