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Refrain Now On Sale!

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Making truly independent film and music is a struggle. We don’t do it for glory because there is no glory. We don’t do it for money because there is no money. We do it because, at our core, we have to.

And we do it with the hope that what we create will add value to the lives of those who hold our success or failure in their hands: You, the audience.

“Independent” film and music does depend on one thing. It depends on the audience. It depends on you, the culturally curious, to help spread the word. Refrain is now available on DVD and VOD (Video on Demand). Support the struggle by seeing our movie, hearing our music and passing it along.

And of course, let me know what you think! Feedback is also very important.

Our eStore!

CLICK TO WATCH The Video On Demand (VOD) at: (US/International)’s Video on Demand (US only)

DVD shipping costs vary from distributor to distributor depending on your location so I suggest you shop around for the best option from the choices above.

Here’s what you get with your order: NTSC, All Regions DVD, Colour, 2.0 Audio, English Subtitles. Extras include: Commentary track from Writer/Director Tyler Gibb & Actress/Composer Vidya Lutchman, deleted footage, cast interviews and more.

Don’t forget also that all the music from the movie as well as the music from our Side Project is available for free to download at our website.

Below is a new trailer I put together just for the DVD release. I truly hope you will be touched by Refrain.

Refrain Out on March 9th

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Hey, who’s tired?

I’ve been in promo mode this week to get the word out about Refrain’s DVD/VOD release now slated for Tuesday, March 9th. I could - and eventually probably will - do an enormous post just about trying to promote a film on your own. It’s not a lot of fun but it’s got to get done.

So yup. That’s the date. Just around the corner really. And what you’ll be getting with your purchase is an all regions, NTSC disk (in the case of the DVD) with a full colour, full wrap jewel case. The disk’s got a few extras including a deleted scene, cast interviews and a commentary track from both lead actress/composer Vidya Lutchman and myself. Did I forget anything? English subtitles as well.

Did I mention my fatigue?

So that’s it. March 9th. The icing on the cake. I’ll post details here including what vendor to use to get the best price on shipping (in the case of DVDs).

What an age we live in.

Refrain DVD/VOD Launch

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Nearly two years from when I first announced pre-production on Refrain (it went by another name back then) an international DVD and VOD release is finally just around the corner!

We’re going to have a little launch party here in Montreal on March 6th and the film will be available ’round about that date - I haven’t completely ironed out the details yet. Rest assured, the announcement will be made right here when it happens.

But yeah. Two years from start to finale. I’ve cut my time in half since Minushi. By this standard the next film should only take a year… Eesh, I better get back to work.


Thursday, December 17th, 2009

I heard a funny story once about a small community in Wales that needed to post a road sign. They wanted to post the sign in both English and Welsh. To this end they sent the English text to a translator via email. The text went: “No entry for heavy vehicles. Residential site only.”

The town council immediately received an email in response from the Welsh translator. They copied the translated text and had their road sign erected. Soon after they learned that what their sign read was:

“No entry for heavy vehicles. Residential site only,” in English.

Followed by:

“I am currently out of the office. Please send any text that needs translating,” in Welsh.

Now that’s funny.

The reason I was recently reminded of this story was that I’ve been working on a new Refrain trailer and I just found a typo in some text I was including in it. The text in question is a snippet from one of Refrain’s glowing reviews. The text had been copied from the DVD artwork which is a pain because now that’s got to be changed. And the DVD artwork was copied from the website, which also had to be corrected. And the website text was, you guessed it, copy and pasted directly from the website where the review originated…

This was all less funny to me than the Welsh sign.

I’ve read this text a gazillion times over the past few months and simply never noticed the typo. I would surely have spotted it however, if not for the handiest of handy computer features, the ol’ copy/paste. Mark my words: Memories of Y2K have faded quickly my friends but one day… One day copy/paste will doom us all.

So yeah. Refrain DVD in revamp mode. New trailer coming in the new year. Get your lips revving, we’re going to need some of that good old fashioned word of mouth in the next few months.

Refrain DVD in the Works

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

In the wake of Refrain’s premiere at the Festival des Films du Monde I’ve been busy putting together a DVD of the movie. I will also be making the movie available by video on demand (VOD).

Not sure when it will be officially launched yet but I just wanted to let those of you who email me wondering about it know that you will get a chance to see the film eventually.

More soon!