Okay, I found a few of the ghetto distributors Grits pointed me to back in the day, though not all that I used to have in my list. Here are those I could find:
Maverick Entertainment: Which I think is the largest of these distributors. Rumor has it Madonna owns this company.
York Entertainment: My buddy Marcus shot a martial arts flick in Thailand, which was actually not bad, and approached this company with it. They offered him $16K for his film.
Xenon Pictures: This is supposedly Melvin Van Peebles’ company (Mario Van Peebles dad) and they seem to focus on a lot of older exploitation films.
Now it should be noted that these companies don’t just deal in ghetto, hip hop and gangsta films. They have low budget horror labels, action, even some sci-fi. I also think that not all the films they have were meant to end up here. Some probably had bigger dreams but couldn’t sell their work elsewhere.
Before you think it can’t be done, I want to give you an idea how bad some of these films are. Imagine a bunch of friends get together, with nothing better to do, and no sccript, but they have some ideas and shoot a bunch of stuff. Someone takes all the sh*t they shot into Final Cut Pro and tries to make a coherent movie out of it. They use some hip hop sample libraries and throw on some music, add crefdits and ship it.
Of course they have some decent stuff too, but generally this is stuff that doesn’t make the cut even on SyFy, or any TV channel for that matter (one of them may have cut a deal with Starz) If you can throw together a quick film for less than $10K, you’re guaranteed a profit.
In case you’re wondering, if it is so easy, why haven’t I done it? I have talked too all of them. They seem to have no interest in cartoons, preferring live action.
This does make me wonder now, though, if I shouldn’t take my tablet to that ancient village I visited last year and shoot a quick flick there, throw in some space ships attacking and a few explosions and ship it!