Broke* Is Releasing On June 25!
Snag Films To Launch Will Gray’s Broke* Documentary June 25
New York — Broke*, a documentary film by writer/artist Will Gray following his challenges and those of other independent artists, will make its cable debut on June 25, through the distribution efforts of Snag Films. The cable launch will be initiated on the Comcast, Verizon FIOS, and DirecTV systems, with additional cable outlets to follow. In addition, transactional access will be available that same day on Amazon, Google Play, ITunes, Vudu, and Xbox.
Broke* integrates a reality storyline of Gray’s experiences during an 18-month period of his artistic pursuits, with reflections from over a dozen other indie artists on their challenges in attempting to create sustainable careers. Commentary from a variety of industry experts, including managers, agents, and lawyers, punctuate the dialogue, with major label artists John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, and Isaac Slade from The Fray, providing their perspective on the issues facing emerging artists today. Media futurist, entrepreneur, and best-selling author Seth Godin provides his predictions on the changing nature of the music industry.
As a filmmaker, Will Gray includes fellow indie artists Reva Williams & Gretel, Emily Hope Price, The Hymns, Damien Horne, Joonie, The Fieros, Bobby Bare Jr., J Bling, Will Dailey, Trent Dabbs, and Ben Kesler, to provide a cross-section of experiences that interact with his own struggle to find a way to survive and make an impact as working artists and musicians.
The film highlights the challenges of organizing and producing just one showcase performance that culminates with a walk-on guest appearance by legendary guitarist and producer Buddy Miller.
The film won a juried award for “Most Original Vision in a Music Film” at the 2011 Nashville Film Festival and has screened at numerous colleges and music industry events. Elan Rosenbloom, writer at ASCAP.com called it “…a documentary rich in insight, range and emotional power, but with no detectable agenda. In other words, it’s a must-see for anyone interested in where music and those who make it are headed.”
Commenting on the film, Will Gray added, “We hope the film helps the audience relate a little bit more to the process of being an indie artist. Our goal is to continue sharing this awareness through additional interviews, music, and information on the Broke* website: www.brokedoc.com.”
Along with Gray’s work as producer/director, Jonathan Kofahl served as director of photography and Stacey Schroeder edited the film. The film was primarily financed through crowdfunding and the sale of Broke* t-shirts, a further illustration of the indie work environment.
A digital-only soundtrack album featuring most of the indie artists in the Broke* film is available now on most digital retailers, including iTunes, as well as many streaming services. United For Opportunity (UFO www.ufomusic.com) is handling distribution of the soundtrack album.
For further information regarding Broke*, Will Gray, or for access to media resources please contact:
Dan Beck Enterprises
United for Opportunity
Phone: 212.414.0505 x118