I just wanted to quickly mention that Arin Crumley and Susan Buice have made their feature-length film, Four Eyed Monsters available on YouTube, the first time a full-length movie has been posted to the video sharing site. The film will be available on YouTube for one week only (the film should be available on YouTube until June 15), but can be purchased for download or on DVD. You can also help the filmmakers to pay off the debt they accumulated while making the movie by joining Spout.com through the Four Eyed Monsters page. If you join Spout (for free), they will contribute $1 towards paying off Buice and Crumley’s debt.
Crumley and Buice have been cultivating an online audience for their film via video podcasts that describe the challenges they faced in the production and distribution of their film, so I was excited to watch the movie last night. The film itself is an interesting meditation on communication and romance in the internet age and is based on Crumley and Buice’s relationship. In the film, Buice and Crumley meet through an online dating service, but jaded by normal dating rituals, choose to communicate without speaking, instead passing notes, drawing, playing music, or using other non-spoken forms of communication. Eventually, they begin to communicate by videos they send to each other in the mail. Finally, after several months, they began speaking directly to each other.
I enjoyed the autobiographical elements of Four Eyed Monsters quite a bit (and think others will enjoy it) and the reflection on how communications technologies mediate our relatiohsips with each other, but I’m equally intrigued by the innovative distribution and promotion techniques that Crumley and Buice have used (it’s also worth noting that their film has already been viewed over 300,000 times on YouTube alone, which is a fairly significant audience for an indie film).