Update: More details on distribution of “extraordinary: the stan romanek story”

A recent dialog I had with a commenter on our site is blogworthy, so I thought I’d share:

Comment:

The timing is perfect for the oppressors. This was intended to discredit your film, and will work to some degree, regardless of anything you do now. What else can you do, then, besides release the film with an annotation about Stan’s arrest? As a postscript, you may also want to interview Lisa about the charges. For everyone’s sake, please release the damned film soon. We’ve waited long enough and you’ll soon lose any momentum the film has acquired over the last few years. This new controversy could actually be used to the film’s advantage. An idea that I’ve heard mentioned several times in relation to ‘Extraordinary’ is for a user-pays system to be set up to recover costs, similar to the one set up for the Sirius documentary last year. This could be done fairly easily. A cable network may also pick it up.

My response:

Like you said, there’s a lot more going on than people know. There’s also a lot that we’ve had to deal with that relates to Stan’s story that isn’t necessarily pertinent to his story but have been obstacles nonetheless. As I mentioned in my comment to Dom (in this thread), there are people who don’t want this film to see the light of day and they’ve expressed it quite clearly directly to Stan and indirectly to us. As for timing of the release, I feel like a broken record in sharing this, but one more time won’t hurt.

First and foremost, it will probably help to know that Stan is the subject of the film and we’re independent filmmakers. We have no connection to Stan and Stan has no connection to us when it comes to business purposes. His story came to us, it took more than two years to finalize an acceptable deal with him (a story in and of itself!) and another two years for pre-production, production and post-production. Now we’re in the next phase, which is distribution.

This may help you understand what’s been going on over the last few months. Several people who have reached out to us are wondering why the film premiered in November but nothing else has happened since. Regarding premieres in the world of film, there are two types of “World Premieres” — films that are run through the Hollywood studio system and independent films that debut at film festivals. Studio films are made with wide release premiere dates scheduled months if not years ahead of time. Independent films rely on festivals to hopefully land a distribution deal that will allow their films to achieve a wider release. We are not a studio film, so we went the film festival route in an effort to land a distribution opportunity. So, like thousands of independent films each year that have world premieres at film festivals, it doesn’t mean that the film will be made available for purchase immediately following. You make an independent film, you submit to festivals, you shop it to distribution companies and you hopefully make a connection and land a deal. If that channel doesn’t lead to distribution, the next best option is self-distribution, which is an expensive undertaking in and of itself.

Most festivals (including the ones we submitted to) require that your film be of premiere status (world, North American, regional or state) or it will not be considered. And most festivals will not accept films that are in current distribution, whether through self-distribution or a distribution company. Given that, we could not make the film available for distribution/purchase until we knew whether or not we would be accepted into two additional festivals, and we learned that we were not accepted in late January. While we were accepted to the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival and the film premiered in November, we had to wait until end of January to learn whether or not we were accepted into the other two festivals, which we submitted to back in the fall. We have decided not to enter any other festivals, so only after we learned our fate could we move forward with alternate distribution options. We attempted to go through the studios directly via a high-level connection, but three studios passed. We learned that in February, so we went all-in on a self-distribution model in mid-February and we were making progress when Stan’s arrest and allegations went down. A week later, more information came our way that was disturbing, but we decided to persevere.

Which brings us to now. We are working through the details and the financing required to deliver the film directly through a web resource. Reading back over this, I think this works well as a separate post, so I’ll post here in response to you and as a post.

Hopefully, this sheds some light on the journey to get us to today. It’s been a long journey for us — four and a half years — and much longer than we ever intended, but there are reasons why it has taken this long. And if we ever meet, I’d be more than happy to share some of them with you over a beer or two.

The good news is we are making the film available digitally soon. We are adding some content to address the latest events, but we are pushing forward. As soon as we have a launch date, we will post it. We will let the world know.

And we’re counting on all of you who have been patient, understanding and supportive to help us get the word out. We would like nothing more than for you to gather a few friends to watch it, and then have them do the same with their network. Our goal from the very beginning was to reach the widest audience possible vs. sell DVDs out of the trunk of our car.

At the end of it all, the most important element of the film is the message to humanity. It’s a simple one, but it’s also just what we need to hear at this particular moment in time.

Thanks for reading my ramble.

24 Responses to Update: More details on distribution of “extraordinary: the stan romanek story”
  1. MystikNova5
    April 23, 2014 | 2:30 pm

    I can’t wait for the film!!!!. Buddy was right though. You don’t want it to lose its momentum and lose its impact. Just sayin. lol. If you want to spread the word and help people wake up than i would not be sitting on this gem waiting for whatever. I’ve been telling people about this story for awhile now and I truly believe the film is long overdue.

    But than again maybe its something deeper. No clue

    Also why can’t you just put it on your website and have people pay for it there? Or selling out the back of your car? Lol. Im a musician so i get it but trust me when i say. RELEASE THE DAMN FILM!!! ……please. sincerely with love -MystikNova5

  2. Juan Acosta
    April 5, 2014 | 4:25 pm

    I feel sorry for Stan that he has had to endure all of this. Regardless of your reasons, the longer you take to release this film the more you put Stan’s and other lives at risk. The truth will set you free. I would gladly pay a full movie price to see his story. It’s a shame that it has taken this long and I hope you find a way to get this out while you still can. Godspeed.

  3. Raj Denver
    April 4, 2014 | 8:41 pm

    From what I understand, Stan will be pleading guilty to his charges. So I am done with him and the movie.

  4. Justin
    April 4, 2014 | 6:22 pm

    I’m sure you’re aware of the power of the internet…once something is there, it’s very difficult to remove, especially with P2P sharing. With that being said, you know where to put it.

    • Justin
      April 4, 2014 | 6:23 pm

      Gotta love that Gravatar XD.

  5. Hayven Williams
    April 3, 2014 | 6:13 pm

    When will we be able to see the film please give us a date this has took years good lord I’ve been wanting to see this for years now YEARS unreal

  6. Alissa
    March 29, 2014 | 4:26 pm

    Please release it soon. I don’t want the footage to disappear or something “strange” to happen that prevents the release. The sooner the better, in light of what they are doing to Stan. Thanks for your effort.

  7. V
    March 28, 2014 | 1:07 am

    Looking forward to it!

  8. Alex Williams
    March 28, 2014 | 12:57 am

    Thanks for the excellent reply. Just know that a lot of people are very curious and anxious to see what you’ve made.

  9. Tim
    March 27, 2014 | 8:50 pm

    If his experiences are real and all this is really going on then he shouldn’t have to throw things at himself and pretend he’s being messed with.yes some of the things that happened to him makes you think but episodes like this are credibility ruiners.

  10. Tim
    March 27, 2014 | 8:46 pm

    I was interested in this story from the beginning with all the “evidence”.and them the documentary I was looking forward to.then the arrest.i mean if he is for real I’m sure he could be set up so I was willing to wait and see what happened.then yesterday I was watching an interview he did on some Australian show.on the screen it had Stan in a box on the right and the interviewer on the left..his name escapes me sorry.and then it proceeded to catch Stan flicking or throwing things at himself and looking around the room like it just fell out of the sky.you can clearly see him do it and his face flinches BOTH times right before it happens.this guy is a fraud and it’s a shame because it makes people who have really had things happen to them,I don’t want to say phoney but it’s frauds like this guy who ruins it for the real people.

  11. Geordie Anderson
    March 20, 2014 | 5:53 am

    Thanks for your excellent reply, Jon. It’s obvious to me that Stan is a bit of a dick (for one example, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAo7Rce-3Xo) but, then, so is Whitley Strieber and many others. Obviously, the fact that they’re obnoxious (even a little insane) doesn’t necessarily mean that their experiences are fabricated. I’ve read Stan’s books and I’ve looked at some of the evidence and I just can’t work out how one man could have orchestrated some of the events or deceived the people around him into believing his experiences were valid. It doesn’t seem possible. Therefore, I wait anxiously to see the J3 film. Excuse me if I sounded impatient in my previous comment. Thanks again.

  12. Raj Denver
    March 15, 2014 | 10:42 am

    I have been waiting for the film. Lisa has said they will be bringing his UFO story into the courtroom and he is innocent. So things rather hinge on these statements for me. If he pleads innocent, I’m going straight to his donations page, which I hope will you all. If he pleads guilty, I’m done with him. I think this is fair.

  13. Mony Mony
    March 14, 2014 | 12:41 pm

    Sorry to hear the ordeal, we will continue to wait. Like in the case of Syrus, people will buy it digitally, and help you with the costs. I agree with others. Please interview Lisa on the accusations and Stan’s situation. People who have followed the case will see clearly the possibility of wrong play. Those who want to stop the development of collective consciousness will do anything to twist the truth, and plant the seed of doubt in many people. Hang on!
    Keep us posted, if possible4 email in case I miss a post.
    Thanks again
    NAMASTE

    • Jon Sumple
      March 14, 2014 | 1:01 pm

      Will do. We have spoken with Stan and Lisa over the past few weeks, and this has been difficult for them as you might assume. Like everyone, Stan’s not perfect and he admits that he’s doing the best he can. This has been a significant challenge because his inner circle of support has crumbled due to the arrest and some other unrevealed circumstances. They have a court date next week that will be very interesting. Stan has not wavered in his conviction that he has done nothing wrong. We’re staying tuned just like everyone else.

  14. Manon
    March 14, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Hang in there and yes definitely let us know: I am sure that everyone following the story closely will also let their friends and family know. Thanks for not being strong and not letting them influence you. And thanks for your efforts as always!!

    • Manon
      March 14, 2014 | 11:25 am

      Well I meant thanks for being strong ! 😉

      • Jon Sumple
        March 14, 2014 | 12:55 pm

        Thanks, Manon, for hanging in there along with us. It has ben a long journey and we’re almost there!

  15. doititnoir
    March 14, 2014 | 1:11 am

    Come on. Year is 2014 and every media is free online. Just like Napster forced the entire market to evolve, indie guys have to learn, 2 mill free youtube videos is 2k per month for a year, and free distibution brings “,likes” which are sold around 5k likes = 25,000 dollars. Goind “web” as last resort reveals you mistook the approach from the start despite if your heart was “dell disks from back of car”. Cant do that this day n age and my 12 year old youtube video producer knows that and rakes in more than me… I m also curious, Stan and wife rake in book, conference amd donation cash with massive claims, video silence of his claims will always endanger him.

    • Jon Sumple
      March 14, 2014 | 12:43 pm

      Do you really think people in ufology “rake” in a lot of money? I can assure you that Stan and Lisa don’t rake in anything. They make very little on book sales, and they barely make enough to get by.

      Over the past four years, we’ve met and talked with people who have been investigating, writing books and making films for years and none of them are driven by money. They are driven by sharing information to help educate and inform, as well as so people don’t think they’re crazy. And in Stan’s case, he believes he was chosen to share a message.

      As for distribution options, there are dozens. As for what we’ve considered, are you positive we didn’t explore what you’ve shared?

  16. Mara Edwards
    March 13, 2014 | 6:28 pm

    I’m still with you! Hang in there. They will NOT win!

    Sincerely,
    Mara

    • Jon Sumple
      March 14, 2014 | 12:53 pm

      Here! Here! Thanks for hanging in there with us!

  17. AlecB
    March 13, 2014 | 5:53 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to post this well-written explanation. I’m one of those people who are chomping at the bit to see it. I can certainly tell you that I believe many people will want to see and WILL see it. I hope it recuperates your money as well.
    Best of Luck.
    Alec

    • Jon Sumple
      March 14, 2014 | 12:53 pm

      Thanks for hanging in there Alec, we appreciate the support!

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