MUMBAI: Four Eyed Monsters has become the first ever full length feature film to be featured on YouTube.
The release of the film on YouTube was supported by Spout, a gathering place for movie lovers spreading word about great films.
YouTube’s online premiere of Four Eyed Monsters can be found at youtube.com/foureyedmonsters. To celebrate this online launch, Spout committed to exclusive advertising of the online feature, as well as offering a $1 donation to the filmmakers’ next independent project for every new Spout member to sign up at spout.com/foureyedmonsters.
“Reaching audiences has never been easy for the independent in Hollywood. When we launched Spout we envisioned first filling a need for people to connect with films and the people who are passionate about them — helping audiences find their films and helping filmmakers connect with their audiences. And today, the launch of Four Eyed Monsters on YouTube heralds a step towards Spout’s ultimate goal of creating a grassroots alternative to Hollywood’s promotion and distribution model and allowing the work of more filmmakers to reach their audiences,” says Spout CEO Rick DeVos.
Through film festival sponsorships, industry partnerships, filmmaker podcasts, and active online dialogue, Spout has grown its online film community.
Four Eyed Monsters, which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and most recently won the Undiscovered Gems Showcase Sundance Channel Audience, has been causing offline and online buzz with its creative approach and unique filmmaking collaboration. The film, which blurs the lines between the audience and creator, speaks directly to Spout’s vision of taking the experience beyond the film itself, making the two perfect partners in this next step of film distribution.
“I first met Spout at a film festival before their site was live and the vision that was talked about was awesome. Lately checking out what’s going on at Spout.com is giving me confidence that we are getting closer to seeing the full potential of online social discovery of films. The goal is to bring it back to being all about the movie and the audience. I see Spout as providing a hyper word of mouth environment that is exciting as an independent filmmaker because it enforces the idea that good word of mouth can be enough and you don’t need Hollywood marketing budgets,” says Four Eyed Monsters co-creator Arin Crumley.