Joss Whedon Film ‘In Your Eyes’ Eschews Traditional Distribution, Is Available For Rental Now

By April 21, 2014

Joss Whedon is obviously busy directing Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have time for an occasional side project. Whedon, who is now one of the most high-profile directors in the world (a phrase I never thought I’d write, but I’m thrilled it’s actually true), wrote and executive produced a film called In Your Eyes which debuted last night at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Brin Hill directed the feature, and instead of going along with the typical film festival process (which normally consists of debuting your film, getting acquired by a distribution company, and then six months to a year later having your film play in theaters), Whedon and his team are handling things a different way. Here, let him tell you about it:

As he mentions, this isn’t the first time he’s played around with alternate methods of distribution. Remember “Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog”? This seems like the natural extension of that idea, and it’s similar to what many stand-up comedians have done lately: take the distributor out of the equation altogether, go straight to the people, and recoup your profits from rentals or purchasing fees. As of right now, In Your Eyes is available for rental only, but it’s kind of cool that fans who couldn’t make it to Tribeca now have access to this content if they want it. I wonder if this will have an impact on other filmmakers looking for alternate means of distribution, or if it’ll take a while longer for people to realize that they don’t always have to go through established channels to reach an audience. Our own Eric D. Snider is at the film festival right now, and he’s going to be bringing us a review of the film shortly, so stay tuned for that if you’d like to know how the film is before seeing it yourself. Here’s the official synopsis:

In the frozen East Coast winter, Rebecca (Zoe Kazan) is withering away in a life of cocktail parties and lonely nights as the sheltered, soft-spoken wife of a successful doctor. Across the country in sun-drenched, arid New Mexico, charismatic ex-con Dylan (Michael Stahl-David) is struggling to find his footing and a fresh start. When these polar opposites realize they share an inexplicable connection, a unique metaphysical romance begins.

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