Indie Filmmaker Releases Award-Winning Feature-Length Movie as Pay-For Internet Download, DRM Free

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Cashing in with trustworthy customers: HARP28 releases episodes of Crooked Features as a digital video download unencumbered with any piracy protection. Twelve $0.99 seven minute segments comprise the entire feature film!

HARP28 has released a segmented feature-film for digital download in conjunction with Lulu (http://www.lulu.com), the world’s fastest-growing provider of print-on-demand books and hosted digital video pay-to-downloads. The film segments can be put on a playlist and played back on millions of video devices such as PCs, Macs and iPods. The film is unencumbered by Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions, and as such this is the first paid-for digital feature-film download internet users truly own after purchase. Whilst the Big Studios grapple with Apple over pricing, independent filmmakers are racing ahead to exploit this emerging revenue stream.

Award winning Crooked Features is a risqué and controversial docu-drama which follows Rod Shuffler as he brings his vision of Attack of the Clowns to the silver screen. It created a stir with investors as it was alleged funds were squandered, compromising any theatrical release. It is now freely available for sale as a H.264 encoded pay-for digital download, or on DVD video.

HARP28 became involved in the production of Crooked Features to show the truth behind the glamour of the extremely low-budget end of the British film industry. They came to Lulu because they saw little value in deals offered off the back of festival circuit success and found Lulu’s pay-for-download tools to be fast, easy and, most importantly, free. Crooked Features is available for purchase at http://www.lulu.com, in a marketplace filled with other unique and wonderful “surprises”.

“Independent digital moviemaking and pay-to-download-on-demand is the wave of the future, and the future is now,” said Mike Peter Reed of HARP28. “What happens to audio always eventually happens to video. The Lulu process allows me to cut out the bureaucratic money-obsessed fatcats (i.e. lethargic lumbering studios and blinkered TV execs with their army of accountants and lawyers) and get my work out there the way I want it and when. Crooked Features is much like Lulu itself—it shows that with a little conviction, anything is possible.”

Link to Downloads: http://www.lulu.com/harp28

ABOUT THE MOVIEMAKER

Mike Peter Reed (HARP28) has over 10 years of moviemaking experience, including several early projects with household name directors. This is his first feature-length movie to be made available as a digital download. His next project, Sexton Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Prophesies, is currently in preproduction and is episodic from the outset.

ABOUT LULU

Founded in 2002, Lulu is the world’s fastest-growing digital-video-download, print-on-demand, marketplace for digital do-it-yourselfers. Please see http://www.lulu.com for more information.

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