The Movie is Finished and Delivered!
I'm very happy to report that our movie, BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE: THE RISE OF THADLAND is officially finished! We've completed post-production and delivered the film to our distributor. (I don't think I'm supposed to say who our distributor is, since they haven't made an announcement yet, so we'll call them "Bionsgate" for now… no wait… "Lionsbate". Yes, much better.) If that joke sounds familiar to any of you it's because I stole it from an old Simpsons episode.
Anyway, we ran into a little snag a few weeks ago when the MPAA screened the movie and were so appalled by what they saw that they slapped us with an NC-17 rating. But we spoke with them, took out a few small pieces they had a problem with, and were able to get a rating of "R". Actually the official language from the MPAA reads… "Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, drug use and language throughout, and some graphic nudity." If that doesn't get you excited for this movie, I don't know what will.
Now that the movie is delivered, our next steps will be to discuss marketing, release strategy, and release date with our distributor. I'm expecting those meetings to start up in the next month or so.
SO! Now that the movie is finished and we're unshackled from the edit bay, we have the opportunity to finally direct our attention solely to taking care of those of you still waiting on outstanding rewards. Here's the latest on that for those affected, and what we plan to do about it…
Thread Me Up, our old friends, are still not cooperating. A few weeks ago I thought we had reached an agreement. One that we could all live with and that would save us from having to take them to court. Unfortunately, what I discovered after we'd agreed to terms, is that TMU had mislead us about the number of orders they've failed to fulfill. All along they've been telling us that there are only 177 outstanding orders. To which we said, fine, send us the merch and we'll ship them out ourselves. But it turns out the number is actually much higher than that. And we still don't know how high because TMU refuses to give us any accurate of useful information so that we can find out. I don't know if this is total incompetence on their part, or if they're purposely trying to screw us over. Either way, the problem still lingers.
BUT! Here's some good news… As part of our initial agreement with TMU, they owed us a large bulk shipment of merch, which they sent when we thought we'd all reached an agreement. So what we've decided to do, is to start fulfilling your orders ourselves using the bulk shipment. We're most likely going to end up suing TMU and who knows how long that will take. I don't want those of you affected by this waiting around any longer than you already have.
If you live in Southern California and are still waiting for your rewards, Romanski and I will be showing up to your front door and delivering the items personally this week. No need to ship if we're neighbors!
If you live elsewhere and are still waiting for your rewards, Romanski and I will personally be packing your items and shipping them out to you! Please be patient with us, we don't know yet how many of you there are yet. How quickly we can get these out to you will depend on time and money since we're paying for this out of our own pockets. SIDE NOTE: Romanski and I have talked about possibly doing a delivery tour across the US like a couple of Santa Clauses, dropping off rewards at your houses. Not sure how feasible this is yet, but I'll keep you updated if that becomes a real possibility. We may need to sleep on your couches.
People waiting on the Denise Richards Package: Please message me through Kickstarter with a phone number where you can be reached during the day. Romanski and I will be calling you this week to personally update you on the situation.
People waiting on anything else… glasses, shirts, tweets, customs issues, posters, etc… We're on it. Once we're able to find out exactly what you're owed, we will personally do everything we can to make sure you get it. Again, I ask for your patience. We don't have a company behind us to take care of this stuff. It's literally going to be me, Romanski, and any friends willing to help, packing, shipping, and delivering these items. But we will do our best to get them to you as soon as humanly possible.
I'm so excited to finally be at this point! We're almost at the finish line! We should have a trailer for the movie relatively soon. I'll be sure to send it out to all of you the second I have it. Thank you for supporting us and hanging in there with us through pre-production, production, and post-production!
You'll be hearing from us soon! Go Goats!