Indie Movie Producer Partners with Businesses to Attract Audience
Romantic Comedy that tackles Sexual Harassment of Women Uses Retail Merchant Cross Promotion to Fill Theater.
Williams, who has produced hundreds of corporate and non-profit films over the course of 40-year career, has over 20,000 social media contacts with which to barter. He also has a reputation in Hollywood as a top script consultant, having worked on over a dozen gigs with none other than Will Smith.
In spite of his experience and expertise, however, he has yet to produce a narrative motion picture released to theaters. Hopefully, that is about to change. On January 28, 2018, Williams' 45-minute, romantic comedy featurette, The Backstory Webisodes for ANNALIESE! ANNALIESE!, will screen at the Farmington Civic Theater at 2:30 PM.
But there's a hitch. He needs an audience. So, he's telling local businesses that he'll promote their products and services to his 20,000 social media contacts and to theater goers, if the businesses will give him a promotional coupon or a raffle item as lures to get people into the theater. Merchants just may be interested. If Williams' plan works, there will be a lot more business for local merchants in the near future.
What's really going on here, is this. The 45-minute featurette's screening on January 28 launches a Kickstarter Crowd Funding campaign to fund a much larger, full-length movie based on the Backstory Webisodes featurette. The full-length movie would be produced in the same geographical area as the merchants he's promoting. Not only would the movie's budget be spent in the area, but the merchants would benefit from the added publicity the movie's production and eventual release would attract.
Together, The Backstory Webisodes for ANNALIESE! ANNALIESE! and the full-length movie are about a beautiful millennial woman who, in an attempt to avoid the sexual harassment of men, recruits the gay guy next door to help her be a nun, even though she's not religious.
Advance tickets for the event can be purchased at www.annaliesethemovie.com. Each $5 advance ticket gets the purchaser a $4 coupon for concessions, and sends $1 in donations to a women's shelter in S.E. Michigan. Williams is coy about the deal: "Yes, we'll lose a little on each ticket, but make it up on volume."
After the January 28 event, the webisodes will be posted on the Internet for those who could not make the screening. He hopes people will pledge to the Kickstarter campaign so they can make the full-length movie. Williams puts it this way, "We've made a movie to make a movie, and everyone is sure to win."
ANNALIESE! Information and Trailers: http://annaliesethemovie.com/
Stan Williams, Executive Producer