RUNE to Become First-Ever Feature Film Released Exclusively for Free iPod Video Download Simultaneous Download and DVD release October 10

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Independent filmmakers of the new movie RUNE see video iPod as new world wide venue for independent feature films. RUNE to become first-ever feature film release exclusively for free iPod video download on October 10 from

As Strother Martin and Paul Newman both say in Cool Hand Luke “What we have here ... is a failure to communicate.” In religion and relationships, business and politics, isn’t this simple fact at the root of most of our conflicts?

RUNE, a new film by Arayna Thomas and S.E. Kenlon asks, “What if you could do something about it?” What if there was a way to break down language barriers and enable all people to understand each other's words regardless of their native tongue? This hugely tantalizing prospect is about to cost linguist Anna Russeau all she's worked for and quite possibly her life in this smart, brooding film noir starring newcomer Anna Bäumer. Russeau navigates a world of high-powered art collectors, thieves and fanatical government agents who will do anything to abolish her incendiary ideas and bury the ancient artifact she used to decode this Ur-language from which all human speech evolved. Her only chance for success is to team with guileless smuggler Virgil Burroughs (Robert Anthony Rio) and steal and decipher the ancient document.

And ... what if you could download RUNE for free and watch it on your Video iPod? Unlike the fictional premise of the film, this is reality. In an unprecedented move, the filmmakers have made RUNE available world wide, exclusively for viewing on iPod video players for free and for DVD pre-order at $10.00 at

“We tackled a somewhat impossible yet revolutionary situation with the film—our plethora of languages is one of God’s fundamental punishments,” Thomas begins. “So the concept of breaking down languages to their common source or core, fully realized, would eliminate all language barriers on the planet overnight.

Therefore, we felt RUNE’s distribution method should be as timely and as comprehensive as possible, and the burgeoning popularity of video iPod and digital downloads gives any filmmaker unprecedented access to a wide audience. It’s the new movie theatre for independent filmmakers.”

“And to further mangle the Biblical similes,” Kenlon continues, “like a cinematic David swinging at Goliath, we felt it was especially apt and timely that [Cannes Film Festival award-winning] Paramount’s Babel [starring Brad Pitt, releasing later in October] might in fact lead people who want to dig deeper into this aspect of Babel to see our film. And in this case, with the deal announced today by Apple to distribute studio films online, Thomas and Kenlon hope to help blaze this trail for themselves and other independent filmmakers. “Unlike that deal,” Kenlon adds, “our film is available for free and worldwide.”

RUNE takes its name from the ancient Celtic symbols—one of the planet’s first languages. RUNE’s producers, Isis Productions LLC ( has made a name for itself in the shorts and documentary realm. The pair’s credits include the shorts CORNERED and A ROLL OF POLAROID FILM, which screened at Cannes; the television documentary FOOTSTEPS IN FAITH. CORNERED won first place at the Expresión en Corto Film Festival in Mexico, and THE NOTHING PLANE caused a verbal argument among the audience at the 10th Anniversary Palm Springs Short Film Festival. RUNE, shot on location in Oklahoma—which triples as Mexico, North Africa and Europe—also features visual effects from Radium Inc. who have done effects for AEON FLUX, SPIDER-MAN 2 and may other films. Budgeted at less than $1 million, this is the company’s first feature.


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RUNE, a film by Arayna Thomas and S.E. Kenlon. Produced by S.E. Kenlon and written by Arayna Thomas & S. E. Kenlon. Executive Producer David Veloz. Photographed by Peter Hermes. Starring Anna Bäumer; Robert Anthony Rio; Perry Griffin; Monica Jones; Bill Wise and Bob Hensley. Original score by Clay Hawkins.

Genre: Drama, Narrative feature

MPAA Rating: This film is not yet rated

Running Time: 90 minutes; Color

Release Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2006

DVD Pre-order price: $10.00 from
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