“Really f**king funny” – Screened
“Quirky little comedy gem.” – Media Muppet
“An intelligent and well choreographed storyline” – Cinehouse
Electric Man, the micro-budget comedy shot in Edinburgh, has been selected for the prestigious San Diego Comic Con International Film Festival on July 13th – and is the only UK feature film to play at the world famous comic convention this year. Shot on a micro budget, the film has already gained BAFTA New Talent Awards nominations for its script and score as well as being shortlisted for Best Feature at the Celtic Media Festival. Selection for San Diego Comic Con places the film with the industry big hitters. Director David Barras explains:
“This is a game changer for us. We had already planned for digital distribution later in the year but we were going to limit that to the UK. Comic Con is enormous and we’re now looking to give the film a global launchpad.”
The movie was selected as only one of three feature films to play this year’s festival from over 200 initial entries.
“As a small independent movie we have to pick and choose where we go. But San Diego was the holy grail for us. Yes, it has blown a massive hole in the budget but we would be mad not to go. Who wouldn’t want to be at the same convention as Iron Man 3 and the new Superman movie?“
Cinema goers in London will have the opportunity to see for themselves what all the fuss is about on Sunday 8th July, when the film plays at The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Place. The film has already played to a sold out audience at the cinema in May but the team are bring it back to coincide with the London Film and Comic Con and give the capital’s movie goers a sneak peak before they fly to California for the film’s big night at Comic Con. Director David Barras will be joined by members of the cast, the writer and the composer to introduce the film and take part in a Q & A. And there’ll be a few giveaways on the night.
Electric Man is already a UK success story but the movie is far from your typical British fare. In an industry that is used to producing Scottish films that are usually about shooting up or shooting grouse, Electric Man is a distinct change of pace. Billed as ‘The Maltese Falcon meets Clerks’ the film makers have produced something set in the UK but with a definite American flavour.
The film is still seeking distribution and is looking for sponsors to support a planned UK tour of independent cinemas in the autumn.
About Electric Man
The movie was shot in Edinburgh in late 2010 and made ready for release during 2011. It premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival in February 2012 and had a successful tour of Scotland thereafter.
The film tells the story of Jazz and Wolf, two cash-strapped comic shop owners who need £5,000 in a hurry if they are to save their comic shop in Edinburgh. As luck would have it they chance across a copy of Electric Man issue 1 which just happens to be worth £100,000. But there are other people after the comic and it is soon lost, stolen, switched and switched again as Jazz and Wolf try to save both their business and their love lives.
UK fans will get the chance to see the film this Sunday at the Prince Charles Cinema in London, and I wondered whether you might be able to flag up the screening and the SDCC selection news with a piece on The People’s Movies, and mention it to your followers on twitter and Facebook? You can find out more information here , or why not head over to the films facebook page or twitter and grab yourself a pair of free tickets in the competitions they run there – @electricmanfilm facebook.com/
You may have also noticed one of the films taglines at the star of the post looked very familiar,yes it’s a quote from cinehouse we caught the film at the Glasgow Film Festival and you can read David’s review here.
If you are going to Comic Con (12-15 July 2012) in San Diego, California you can find out more info on the film and convention here
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