Wisconsin Indie Filmmaker To The Rescue As Major Studios Hold Back Blockbusters

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A major opportunity has opened for an independent film production company. This extremely rare opportunity is because Covid concerns have caused Hollywood producers to postpone the release of many or most of their big budget blockbusters. Dystopian Films whose USA office is located in Omro, Wisconsin is proud to announce the release of its new comedy "Stealing Chaplin" which will be opening in participating theaters across the US on Friday November 13.

“If Charlie Chaplin taught us anything; it was that laughing in times of difficulty sometimes is the best medicine. With everything going on in the world at the moment, we are very happy to be partnering with US theaters to deliver "Stealing Chaplin" to audiences in need of an escape."

The ongoing decision by major studios such as Universal, Marvel and MGM to postpone the releases of their big budget blockbusters including Fast & Furious 9, Black Widow and No Time To Die, just to name a few, has left many movie theaters with bare screens- and empty seats. Having implemented new Covid measures to ensure cinemas are safer than ever, some chains are turning to old classics and retro favorites to bring back the crowds.

But for one Wisconsin-based movie producer, the current gaps in the schedules are an opportunity for the smaller independent filmmakers who usually produce content for the DVD and VOD (Video On Demand) markets.

Ken Bressers, a Wisconsin native and partner in Dystopian Films, has just struck deals with cinema chains including Cinemark Theatres, Marcus Theatres Malco and Starlights to screen his Las Vegas set quirky comedy "Stealing Chaplin", with other chains all hungry for new audience-pleasing content surely to follow suit.

Producers of several independent features and the Amazon Prime vampire show Age of The Living Dead, Bressers and his two partners, Paul Tanter and Simon Phillips, were enjoying a successful festival run with Stealing Chaplin as it picked up numerous awards. As the Covid pandemic continued, major studios all started pulling their multi-million dollar titles from the upcoming schedules, so Bressers moved quickly.

“Knowing we’ve got a quality movie ready to deliver and that the theaters are drying up, we approached several theater chains directly, and they loved the idea. Beginning November 13, we will be opening in over a hundred movie theaters across six major chains, and we're still in talks with several others.”

"Stealing Chaplin" is a comedy about two British con men in Las Vegas who dig up and ransom the corpse of Charlie Chaplin. It’s inspired by the true story of a pair of crooks actually exhuming and stealing the body of the silent comedy star. Ken oversaw a production starring The Soprano’s star Al Sapienza and The Patriot actor Peter Woodward. The film even includes a cameo appearance from Mr Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton. "Stealing Chaplain" has been on theatrical release in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Now it’s coming to movie theaters in the United States and Bressers is excited for the upcoming wide release, which he believes is happening at the perfect time.

“If Charlie Chaplin taught us anything; it was that laughing in times of difficulty sometimes is the best medicine. In light of everything going on in the world at the moment, we are very pleased to be partnering with Cinemark Theatres, Marcus Theatres, Malco, Starlights and more to deliver Stealing Chaplin to an audience in need of an escape!”

"Stealing Chaplin" is directed by Paul Tanter and stars Simon Phillips, Doug Phillips, Al Sapienza, Peter Woodward, Anne-Carolyn Binette, Bianca Katz and Wayne Newton as himself, and is scheduled to be released on Friday, November 13, 2020 at participating theaters across the US.

Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDYlDaQKrAw

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