Well, I’ve got some crappy news, folks.
Although we haven’t given an official date yet, we did promise LEFT HOOK to be out this fall. Well, we thought we were going to fulfill that promise up until about a month ago. The story goes like this. Back in February we were searching for a venue to premiere in, a little later, around March or so, we got into contact with one specific venue (which will go unnamed) and set a date with them. They were going to pretty much give us everything we wanted. We were all set for November, the only thing we really had to do was give them a check, which wasn’t an issue, we just needed them to take it from us.
A couple months go by, until around August we get back in contact with them to say, “Hey! Please take our money!”. After finally getting in touch with the venue’s event manager, she begins talking about trying to get us an even better deal. Okay...but we still want to secure the spot anyway, can we just pay you? So about a week goes by and then we start calling them over and over again, trying to just get the damn place secured. No response. This goes on until mid-September when we finally get an answer. The venue isn’t allowed to do ticketed events. This is completely different from what we were told before.
So now we’re really up a creek. We have about a month to book a new venue to preserve our date that we have built everything around. We try a few places to no avail. Anything past this point is cutting things way too close. The premiere got screwed, a big chance to make back a portion of our budget is gone and we have to rely almost completely on festivals for screenings.
We’ve done pretty much everything that can be done at this point. I’m massively disappointed in the venue, but more disappointed in myself for not being able to deliver the film as promised. As we are still in the final stages of working on it, it’s put a tremendous amount of pressure on us trying to figure out all of these last minute problems on top of finishing the movie.
LEFT HOOK will still come out, but it will probably be early next year. I apologize for the disappointment and I hope to bring good news here in a few months.