The release date is sometime by the end of Fall. From what I've been seeing out of the editing room, I would suspect a late September release. You never know quite for sure in the film world... sometimes things change in such drastic ways that release dates can be completely over-ridden... however, I can't see this getting put off longer than October.
Our distribution plan isn't set in stone yet. Local theatres (Portland, OR) are a given, as is some form of DVD offering. However, whether we DVD distribute ourselves or through a company is unknown. There's also a group in London that is interested in maybe purchasing distribution rights to either this or Moon Tribe Studio's other film, The Bobbsey Twins go to Hell.
Two things might affect our chances at distribution. One, we will definitely be submitting to film festivals. If it does well there, that often can lead to deals for distribution. The other thing is that, in October, we are part of a contest that (if we win) will get us $250,000 to make another film. This could also affect distribution.
The final thing is that we've been offered a chance to make a third film already, with full funding. We're working out the details, but it would have a budget of somewhere between 50,000 and 300,000. Depending on the buzz and the backers that get behind that, we may negotiate a distribution deal for Population 2 as part of the package.
As for the name, it has come up a few times, but of the 494 people who have been consistently viewing the updates, only 6 have actually gotten confused by the title. So about every 1 in 100 people thus far. It will make more sense when the film comes out.
Thanks again for the interest!
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