As Im sure any of you who have been involved in independent filmmaking in any aspect have heard of the horror stories that can happen to us all. I just came upon one of these horror stories that is continuing on right now. Ill let the filmmakers explain in their release below:
Filmmaker Fights To Spread THE PLAGUE
Writer/Director Hal Masonberg is fighting to get his film seen; a film he finished AFTER he was removed from the project. Now he’s heading an international campaign to get his film released. The film in question is, THE PLAGUE, a thought-provoking, socially relevant horror movie dealing with the subject of kids, violence and fear. THE PLAGUE was taken away from both its writers and director during post production after they'd spent a total of 8 years struggling to get it made. A producers' cut version was released to DVD under the title CLIVE BARKER'S THE PLAGUE even though it had been an original script and concept by Masonberg/Minton and not based on any of Barker's work.
The good news is that there is a web site, growing quickly in popularity, that is devoted to getting the Writers & Director's Cut of this film released. On it one will find, not only a link to a petition with an ever-growing number of signatures, but an hour-long documentary titled SPREADING THE PLAGUE: INTERVIEWS ABOUT THE WRITERS & DIRECTOR'S CUT which contains interviews with Masonberg and cast members, including one of the film's stars, Dee Wallace (E.T., THE HOWLING), as well as noted film authors/ journalists. All participants openly voice their desire to see this cut of the film released. There are also written interviews, radio interviews, links to forums and articles all focusing on getting this film out to the public.
Screen Gems has stated that they would consider releasing the Writers & Director's Cut if they felt there was an audience for the film. Let's show them that there is.
Check out the web site, please sign our petition, and help us spread the word. Please repost this if you can.
Here's the link to the petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/plague/
Here's the link to the website: http://www.spreadingtheplague.com
This is a tradegy that this kind of stuff happens to our Independent filmmaking community anymore. We as filmmakers and fans are now rewuired to have to step up to the plate and take action to help our fellow filmmakers. We are all family.....I dont care what genre your into were all still looking to achieve one goal in all of this and that is to show that good independent cinema can thrive and that we as filmmakers and fans wont stand for these sorts of injustices anymore.
What I ask of all of you is this......Fill out the petition and call or email Screen Gems. Have all your friends and familys do the same, have them have their friends and family do the same. Most of all lets do everything we can to right this wrong and show everyone that if you screw with one of us you screw with all of us!