Based on responses we’ve received over the past few weeks, we assume quite a few of you are unaware of the recent developments with Stan Romanek. He has been arrested and released; and, since then, beaten up and in the hospital twice. The arc of his personal story has changed dramatically, and it is creating an obvious division among the ranks due to the circumstances.
We want to remind everyone that j3FIILMS purchased the rights to tell Stan’s story. We are filmmakers who are documenting his story. We are not business partners with Stan — he is simply the subject of the film. Decisions about the release of the film have nothing to do with Stan, they are completely ours. Like most independent films produced through the generous funding of supporters, the first priority is to pay back those who loaned money, which is why we had the film entered into film festivals. The hope was we would find an interested distribution partner to reach a wide audience. After being accepted at one and rejected by two more in January, we moved into direct discussions with distribution channels. While we were in those discussions last month, the news about Stan was brought to our attention.
With that said, we have been directly impacted by these developments and have since been deciding how to move forward — scrap the film completely, release the film as is and not address the issue, or address the issue by recutting the film. Please understand that these choices are not being taken lightly, nor should they be given what has been shared with us.
Our lack of communication may be frustrating, and we completely understand that. But we ask you to please understand that we were/are faced with some difficult decisions, and our intention is to make the right one.
At this moment, we intend to push forward. We intend to dig a little deeper. We intend to provide you with information that will help you make your own decisions about Stan, his experiences and these latest developments.
We are looking to accelerate this process vs. slow it down. We’ve been on this journey for four years with plenty of obstacles to overcome along the way. While this is much more than a blip, we intend to overcome this one, too.
We will keep you posted with updates as soon as we can. Thank you for your continued support and patience. We need it now more than ever.