Second chances are a rare gift. Even rarer are second chances to make a first impression. Rarer still in the independent film world. We are lucky enough to have a unique opportunity to give our first feature film BURNING ANNIE the proper, world-wide, high-definition release it deserves, to finally reach its potential audience after 10+ years of near-misses, bad luck & freak force majeur accidents.
BA's history is a tale of 2 steps forward, 1.5 steps back. Blessings + curses. Two friends from college (us) set off to produce a semi-autobiographical movie about their romantic fears. Shot on the Sony CineAlta made for George Lucas, high-definition post-production for indies simply did not exist in 2002, so we crashed on the rocks of tech tides, to be saved by an invitation to play Cinequest Film Festival as a rough cut. This amazing break led us to a legendary producers rep who led us to an official World Premiere at Hamptons International Film Festival, but we were too broke to complete the film in time. We presented a new rough cut, only to have the projector choke on our "wet" digital print in front of a sold-out crowd of critics, programmers, and intelligentsia. Hashtag nightmare fuel.
For the next few years, we played regional film festivals hand-to-mouth, always as a work-in-progress, using the awards & glowing reviews we acquired to inspire re-investment & more work on the film. Then the real heart attacks began. A distributor offered us a 6-figure advance+a 30 city theatrical release, & as the ink signed on the deal, they were publicly exposed as frauds & went under. Then a reputable distributor made a great offer, & on the day we were to sign, was buckled by a hostile takeover by its own board members. Hashtag fml.
BA built a cult audience in those pre-social media days, but nobody expected any more distribution deals to arrive. But one did, and it was generous, but from a company with no art-house film experience. BA was dumped to Warner Bros DVD (remember those?) & big-box stores that no longer exist (remember those?). Within a year Warner Independent folded, our distributor lost its deal, & our checks started bouncing. Hashtag global economic collapse.
A phoenix from the ashes
BURNING ANNIE never got a real chance to reach its audience. Now, thanks to an amazing opportunity and your help, this adorable, intelligent, moving, clever, and sincere indie film has a chance to be released in 63 countries on every major movie platform in full HD, starting with a one-night-only "day&date" theatrical screening party (the Re-Premiere) in New York City (most famous for being where ANNIE HALL was filmed).
Sundance's Creative Distribution Initiative (formerly Artist Services) is supporting our re-release and this campaign, which is happening during ANNIE HALL's 40th anniversary. We, the filmmakers, own the film again, just in time. All funds will go to releasing the film internationally, publicity, & the NYC Re-Premiere.
We are very excited to release BA in this moment, culturally. Since its original mis-release the film's tone and manner (sharp-sincere-raw-melacholy) has become the dominant sensibility of youth fare (e.g. GIRLS, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, etc) while '90s-period films like THE WACKNESS and TO-DO LIST win over young audiences. Can there be role models in nostalgia, or is it just a curse? has never been a more pertinent question.
About the film
"Meet Max. He has a love-hate relationship with love, hate, and relationships." BURNING ANNIE is the story of a college student in 1998 who believes all of life's answers are in Woody Allen's ANNIE HALL, including the futility of romance. Just as he starts to suspect the film is ruining his life, he meets a young woman who might be a modern Annie herself, sending Max into a tailspin. Winner of six BEST FILM awards. Premiered at Hamptons International Film Festival. We have zero connection to Woody Allen, except to be the only independent film (that we're aware of) to have his blessing.
Meet the team
Born in Brazil, Randy lives and works in New Orleans. When he lived in Los Angeles he was the script reader for George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh's company Section 8 and the Story Editor for the Endeavor Agency (now WME). BURNING ANNIE is the first feature film from his production company Armak Productions. He is also the writer, director & producer of the award-winning feature comedy LAUNDRY DAY, shot and finished in New Orleans and due for release in 2017.
Van began his career at Florida State University’s prestigious Asolo Theatre. Van has held key academic positions at the Los Angeles Film School, the Watkins Film School, and USC. In addition to directing many short films and music videos, he has produced and photographed three feature films: SHADES OF GRAY and BASEMENT LOVE, both of which he also wrote, and AMY EVERHART, distributed by Porchlight Entertainment. BURNING ANNIE is his directorial debut.
Joanna Rudolph, a Union College graduate, has produced six short films, which collectively have screened at over twenty domestic and international film festivals. She has also served as a film critic for publications such as The Art Quarterly and Portugal-based c7nema and is currently developing a feature length screenplay she co-wrote via her production company iCatcher Films. Joanna is a proud member of New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT).
Zack Ordynans, raised in West Nyack, N.Y, wrote the first draft of BURNING ANNIE as a senior at Clark University. Since that project, he has written and directed the short films YIN/YANG (LA Shorts Fest, 2006) and DON’T CALL US (Ft. Lauderdale IFF, 2008). He wrote and directed the award-winning feature film PALACE LIVING (Manhattan Film Festival, 2013), which is available through Vimeo On Demand. After extensive therapy, ANNIE HALL is no longer his favorite film.
Risks and challenges
The obstacles ahead are to find the best indie-friendly New York City movie theater and to book a screening party there in early May when the film goes up on VOD. We also have to provide a wide variety of highly technical delivery requirements to multiple VOD platforms.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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