As we know, more than 1,200 people contributed generously to cover the production costs of Over a Barrel , a short documentary film about the U.S. funded activism against Canadian oil, and the negative impacts of this outside activism, especially in First Nations communities. The film can now be viewed at Vimeo for a nominal cost of $4.99: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/overabarrel
Many people have asked that Over a Barrel be free since it covers an issue that is of such great importance to the economy, and indeed, to the sovereignty and the unity of our country.
The film’s producer, Shane Fennessey, and I have agreed to make the film available at no cost until October 31 so you can watch it right now at Facebook.
To offset the lost revenue and some of the cost overage that we had in making the film, we are setting up a new GoFundMe account with a goal of $35,000.
Below, a message from Shane.
From me, a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to funding and sharing Over a Barrel so far. Couldn’t have done this without you.
And now, from Shane:
Firstly, I’d like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to the production of the film, attended the screenings, purchased online, and otherwise supported Over a Barrel. Since the very first screening, the reception of the film has been, quite frankly, overwhelming and very encouraging.
As a filmmaker, releasing your work to the world is exciting and terrifying all at once. No film is ever perfect, it is only finished enough to show the world. Our team undertook a demanding, self-imposed deadline because this story is important. The delivery schedule prohibited us from going the traditional route of selling our film to a network or distributor. As a filmmaker, producing and distributing films is a business and a livelihood. This is the reason we chose to impose a nominal fee of $4.99 for the sale of the documentary online.
Many viewers gladly paid the price of a latte to view the film. At the same time, both Vivian and I have been inundated by pleas for the film to be made freely available. It is an unfortunate reality of filmmaking today that, with the advent of VOD platforms (Netflix, Amazon, Crave, etc.) and YouTube, the default expectation is free content. Artists will eternally struggle with the dilemma of getting paid vs. getting exposure. Do I think the film will be viewed more by making it free? Perhaps. Or, perhaps by removing the cost, the film will be seen as less valuable. Time will tell.
In what I hope is an agreeable compromise, Vivian and I have decided to make the film freely available on Facebook and YouTube until October 31, 2019. If you’ve found this film valuable, worthwhile, or are simply supportive of the message, I’d ask that you kindly share your appreciation by contributing on this page.
Kind and Grateful Regards,
- Dan Mckenzie
- Rod Maier
- Zoya Russick
- Doug Sly
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