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Catch A Carbuncle In L.A.

T. Arthur Cottam‘s short film Filthy Food tore up the underground film circuit in 2007. It played in Lausanne, Calgary and at PDX in Portland among a couple other places. You can watch the trailer on YouTube and understand why.

However, Cottam’s first feature film, Carbuncle, seems to be skipping the festival circuit and is now building upon a couple of successful screenings into a full-fledged “Sponsor a Screening” run. This unique strategy is described by distributor Misfit Films as:

The “Sponsor a Screening” plan is an independent distribution system wherein a person or organization pays the upfront costs for the theater rental and the net profit is split between the sponsor and filmmaker.

Sounds like an interesting way to get underground films that are too outre to find regular distribution to get in front of appreciative audiences outside of a festival setting.

The first stop for Carbuncle is at the Echo Park Film Center micro-cinema in Los Angeles. This distribution plan also opens up the opportunity beyond just a “one night only” kind of event. Right now, Carbuncle will be playing on six different nights, one of which is tonight and another is tomorrow. But, if you can’t make those, there’s four more to catch up on. Here’s the info:

Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd
Friday, May 9th and Saturday, May 10th
Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th
Suggested donation $7

Echo Park Film Center
1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA

I guess if you’re interested in sponsoring a screening, you can become their friend over there and sign up. And here’s the film’s trailer: