Arrow Video is excited to announce the April 19 ARROW release of Justin McConnell’s Clapboard Jungle (read our review – HERE), available to subscribers in the US, Canada, and the UK. “An insightful and engaging look at the trials and tribulations of indie genre filmmaking” (Daily Dead), Clapboard Jungle follows filmmaker Justin McConnell through five years of getting his latest feature off the ground, warts and all. McConnell enlisted an impressive number of directors and producers to share their ups and downs, including Guillermo del Toro, Mick Garris, Paul Schrader, Lloyd Kaufman, George Romero, Frank Henenlotter, Heather Buckley, Jovanka Vuckovic, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, Travis Stevens, Izzy Lee, and Graham Skipper, among others. Clapboard Jungle streams on ARROW in the US and the UK, while only the extras for the feature will be available in Canada.
Synopsis for Clapboard Jungle
Following five years in the life and career of independent filmmaker Justin McConnell (Lifechanger), this documentary explores the struggles of financing, attracting the right talent, working with practical effects and selling the finished product in the hope of turning a profit. Featuring interviews with a range of industry luminaries – including Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak), Sid Haig (Spider Baby), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Mick Garris (“The Stand”), Dick Miller (Matinee), Tom Holland (Fright Night) and George A. Romero (The Crazies), alongside a host of others – not only are technical aspects and interpersonal skills discussed but also the emotional stamina and little-known tips needed to survive in the low budget film industry.
A warts-and-all exploration of what it takes to get a film made and released, Clapboard Jungle serves as a survival guide for the modern independent filmmaker and offers a fascinating insight into a side of the industry with which few are likely to be familiar. ARROW Stories will be home to a host of over 50 exclusive extras for Clapboard Jungle, including short films, deleted scenes almost 30 extended interviews with filmmakers.
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