You sure have to hand it to Susan Buice and Arin Crumley. The indie film directors, who helmed a little film called Four Eyed Monsters, about a couple who communicate primarily through hand-written notes rather than talking, have practically come to define the concept of indie filmmaking and distribution.

Erik Davis has been championing this little film -- which premiered at Slamdance in 2005 then went on to play a ton of fests, even getting nominated for a couple of Independent Spirit Awards -- since last December, when he wrote about how Buice and Crumley were documenting their journey -- complete with conflicts and drama -- through a series of video podcasts. They also promoted the film by showing it on virtual-reality site Second Life. Erik caught up with Buice and Crumley at the Gen Art Film Festival as well, check out his brief video interview with them there, if you missed it the first time around.

Now the pair have upped the ante even more, by uploading their entire film -- all 70 or so minutes of it -- onto YouTube for your viewing pleasure. If you like what you see, you can download a higher-res version or order the DVD off the film's website. Buice and Crumley say in the film's intro that Spout.com (where former Cinematical EIC Karina Longworth hangs her hat these days) has even given the filmmakers a deal: for every person who joins the Spout.com community through a special lnk associated with the film, Spout.com will donate $1 to the cause of helping Buice and Crumley pay off their massive debts from funding the film, up to $100,000 (it's telling, too, that Buice notes that $100,000 would just put a "dent" in their debt; that's a heck of a lot of personal debt to take on for the sake of your art). Just a note -- in order to get to the Four Eyed Monsters sign-up page on Spout.com you have to be a new member (or if you're already a member and want to just see the page, sign out first and then it will let you get there.

Anyhow, the film itself is quite good, so if you've not had a chance to catch it at a fest, go check it out and give some gutsy indie filmmakers a little love, eh? It's playing on YouTube through August 15. It'll be interesting to see if YouTube ends up becoming a major distrib channel for indie filmmakers who can't get distrib through the usual methods.
categories Movies, Cinematical