Filmmaker and actor Will von Tagen is working on a pre-distribution plan for his film “Almosting It” (originally titled “The Other Side of September”) that will put the Boise-made film on 30 screens across the country this summer.
He plans to launch the film with a premiere in Boise on June 24 at the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. (The time isn’t set yet and von Tagen is working on getting the film's star Lee Majors here for the premiere, so stay tuned for more.)
You can see clips from “Almosting It” during Edmond Dantes’ Treefort set at 7 p.m. March 28 at El Korah Shrine, 1118 W. Idaho St., Boise. Von Tagen based some of the story on songs by the band’s Andrew Stensaas and Ryan Peck. They also perform the soundtrack for the film.
The goal still is to get the big distribution deal, von Tagen says, but first he’s working through the latest trend for filmmakers that is based on a crowd-sourcing model. Von Tagen hopes this approach will lead to success at the American Film Market in Los Angeles, where he will market his film to buyers and distributors in November.
“We’re going out to find our following and building from there,” von Tagen says. “This will build our assets with screenings, reviews and a social media campaign to prove that the film can stand on its own.”
Von Tagen is talking directly to theater owners and chains such as Landmark Theatres, bypassing the traditional distribution system. He’s also using Tugg.com, an online platform that readies films for screenings on demand. Theaters will show the film if they have enough ticket sales.
“That's sort of what Boise Classic Movies is doing,” he says. They will show a film only if there are enough ticket sales.
Von Tagen started reworking his film last fall working on the advice of his mentor, “Simpsons” producer Richard Sakai of Gracie Films, and editor Taylor Allen. Allen helped von Tagen develop some of the film’s storylines to flesh out the story.
“Almosting It” is a term from James Joyce’s “Ulysses” that means not quite getting it right.
That's where Ralph, a young writer played by von Tagen, is at in his life. He works part time at a retirement community while he tries to get his life together. There he meets a suave older playboy (Majors) who teaches him a thing or two about life and how to get the girl.
Von Tagen shot in Boise last summer with Majors (“The Six Million Dollar Man”) and Terry Kiser (“Weekend at Bernie’s”), and a host of local actors including Jane Merrow, Jessica Sulikowski and Annie Bulow. Read a story about Bulow here.
In this re-editing Bulow’s character became a larger part of the story. So von Tagen re-shot and added some scenes to develop her and Ralph’s relationship.
See the new “Almosting It” trailer below.