We were lucky enough to chat with the indie filmmaker Mario Di Leonardo, who is celebrating the release of his new film ‘LONERS’, available to stream through Amazon Prime Video right now. Here is the full interview, all about streaming:
MDL – The funny thing is that here in the Netherlands there is no Amazon. They never established themselves here. Of course it is possible for Dutch people to order stuff on Amazon, but they have do that on the American, British or German site. Anyway, the whole Amazon Prime thing for LONERS is managed via Filmhub, who also manage all the other platforms. At the time of writing the only VOD platform I use directly is Vimeo.
MDL – When it comes to illegal streaming I see it as rather pathetic. There are actually people who rather go to the hassle of illegal downloading, searching hours and hours for subtitles and take the risk of having their computers infected with viruses, just because they prefer to steal. This is what I consider pathetic. Especially at this time there are so many legal options for affordable prices that make the whole illegal ways of getting content obsolete. However, it is damaging, like all theft is damaging to any business. It is more damaging for independent filmmakers than for the big Hollywood studios since they only interested in the money they make in the first couple of weeks.
MDL – Like everybody I like Disney, but I don’t like Disney enough to shed a single tear if they take all their content to their own streaming service. I never felt that I missed out when I didn’t watch any Disney movie and it is very rare that I like the singing. There are of course exceptions like Mary Poppins or Frozen. In most cases I want to lay on the ground in fetus position when the singing starts. In most cases I just take a bathroom break. Don’t get me wrong, I like musicals here and there, but that forced singing because of the singing is just twisting my nuts.
I know that Disney owns also a big chunk of other franchises, but they will do great without me watching either. I feel that there are so many great Netflix originals that I will not be able to get through my list before I have reached the right age for retirement.
As I said earlier, I used Filmhub to get LONERS on Amazon Prime and when you make use of the Filmfreeway benefit you keep 100% of the revenue in the first year and after that you keep 75%. That’s it. An important side note: I don’t work long enough with Filmhub in order to really review them. I had some very good conversations with their fast responding team, but it will take a longer time for me to be able to recommend them for the full 100%.