Today, July 25, marks the one-year anniversary of the World Premiere of Dead Dicks at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival. To say the past 12 months have been a blur is a total understatement, particularly given the fallout from a global pandemic and the necessary and long overdue reckoning with racism we are seeing the world over. So much has happened that it seems almost silly to reminisce about something as inconsequential as a microbudget independent film loaded with dick jokes. But an anniversary offers an opportunity to take a moment to look back, take stock and count our blessings, so please indulge us as we count ours.
It seems like multiple lifetimes ago that our little microbudget indie played at the De Sève Theatre to an unexpectedly sold-out crowd. We’d never felt more nervous and to be honest, much of the screening was a blur. Some 83 stomach-churning minutes later, the film ended, the lights came on, and a new chapter of our lives began.
We are unbelievably grateful to the people who made Dead Dicks happen and to those who supported us and helped bring our movie to festival audiences around the world. Screening Dead Dicks in new cities allowed us to meet the programmers, viewers, critics and fellow filmmakers who make this genre scene a community, and we are honoured to be a part of it. We watched amazing films, talked movies until we were hoarse, sang karaoke, threw axes, crashed in spare bedrooms of folks who barely knew us and made lifelong friends in the process.
We were fortunate that Dead Dicks was able to screen in theatres IRL for several months, before the pandemic shifted the ground underneath us all. We witnessed the incredible dedication of festival organizers who nimbly shifted to online formats, and saw first-hand that genre audiences will show up however they can to support independent cinema.
This July and August, Dead Dicks will be released in the US, Canada and the UK on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD. A physical release (and a special collector’s edition!) is a dream come true, worlds beyond what we ever thought possible one year ago.
Despite much handwringing over the uncertain future of our industry, we have faith that the independent mindset will find a way. We have seen big festivals follow the path laid out by the indies and big studios do the same. The landscape is constantly shifting but emerging voices and perspectives are making themselves heard, and we are grateful to be included amongst so many people that we admire.
With that being said, what comes next?
Exciting things are brewing. Our next project is slated to go to camera in April 2021, provided the dust has settled. We can’t wait to share it with you, whether in a darkened auditorium, a pop-up drive-in or directly in your living room.
Thank you and stay safe,