We could not be more excited about the upcoming release of Save Yourselves!
This is the moment we’ve been building toward since January, when over 120,000 votes were cast using our FILM SCOUT app during the Sundance Film Festival. At the time, Legion M members/investors around the world were voting on which Sundance films they wanted to see, while those attending screenings in Park City were rating and reviewing each film they saw. We combined those two sets of data to determine the winner: a delightful sci-fi comedy about a hipster couple that decides to go offline for a week...just as aliens invade the Earth! It's pure Legion M material -- fun, smart, original -- and those that saw the film at Sundance fell in love.
Based on our Film Scout data, we reached out to Bleecker Street, the distributor that picked up the movie after the festival. We agreed to a partnership with them in the spring -- just as the pandemic hit. Since then, (for us as with everyone else), things have been mostly chaos.
Originally the movie was slated to have a traditional theatrical release (with 300 US theaters) followed by a home entertainment release 90 days later. COVID forced us to change those plans. Then change them again. And again.
The release shifted from early summer to late July, to September, and finally now to October (which is our final answer!). In order to accommodate all those stuck at home, Bleecker ditched the standard theatrical release window in favor of a plan that would get it into living rooms less than a week after it hits theaters:
While everyone seems to agree the shorter window is a good thing, it also creates challenges. Major chains like Cinemark, AMC, and Regal typically won't even consider movies without a 90 day theatrical window. Right now, Bleecker Street is doing everything they can to book as many theaters (where it is safe!) and drive-ins as possible. We even produced "Save Yourselves!" face masks so that those going to theaters can do so safely and in style! If you are interested in seeing the movie in a theater/drive-in, please be sure to let us know so Bleecker Street can try to book it in your area!
As an investor in Legion M you should be happy to know that we have a stake in the success of this film. We didn't invest any money -- instead we're investing our time, effort, and "in-kind" support in exchange for a payout directly tied to the US success of the film over the next couple years. It's a good deal for Legion M, and if the film does well it could provide significant revenue over the next few years. We also have a merchandise deal and a complete line of Save Yourselves products in the works -- starting with preorder bundles and viewing party kits which are available now! Just as importantly, we believe this film a great strategic step forward for Legion M. Bleecker Street has been an amazing partner, and we hope that Save Yourselves! is just the first step in a long and prosperous relationship!
While it's been a wild ride so far, we're thrilled to be getting to the fun part! There's nothing like the excitement of a new film release, and with a fun, lighthearted take on a topic that is (completely unintentionally!) topical, we think SAVE YOURSELVES! is exactly what the planet needs right now.
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