Wow, just stumbled onto this the day after the broadcast and I gotta say, not bad.
You nailed a LOT of the major categories...
I have an Arri Alexa and a GH5 and I gotta say, there are DEFINTELY times I would recommend grabbing the Panny. No crew? Gotta work fast? 4K? Gotta look inconspicuous? Gotta Travel? These are times one makes sense over the other...
AVD for sure. Distribber will charge you $ to do the exact same thing you can do yourself (in the case of Amazon). Now, Distribber can gateway you onto other platforms that are not DIY, but I advise against that. I paid $1000 to a similar service to get my indie film "Pool Party Massacre" on Itunes (sale and rent) and I put it up on AVD myself (sale and rent). Amazon sales VASTLY outpaced Itunes - and I did not pay to get the film on there (now, Amazon does take a bigger cut of each transaction, so conceivably there would be a point in which the numbers would flip and Itunes would be more profitable - except only a tiny fraction of sales came there anyway).
I wish I could say why more people chose to rent/buy the film through Amazon vs. Itunes, but it was a factor of about 10:1.
I would suggest putting it on AVD, and then directing all of your marketing/social media muscle to drive people to that one point of sale. Our film has been out a year, and we are actually finally looking at "regular" distribution offers after recouping a few thousand ourselves on VOD.
If interested in seeing the trailer, here it is:
Normally I would agree 100%, but this isn't a Christopher Nolan film.
We have found that with the hardcore indie splatter horror audience, they want to make sure the film meets their expectations (gore and skin). In this case, the trailer has garnered great feedback, and doesn't really spoil anything because the audience expects 90% of the characters to die anyway.
And believe it or not, we actually have a ton of other kills not in the trailer - this film has a pretty high body count.
I recently produced a feature film with an all volunteer cast & crew. I was truly humbled every day people showed up to donate their precious time to my project, and I thanked them profusely every chance I got.
If you are going to use a volunteer crew, make sure you feed them well, at least cover their gas/parking money, be professional, don't waste their time, make the best product you can, give them a higher credit than they usually get paid for and, above all, FINISH the movie and provide everyone with a copy, for free, as soon as you can.
For many of us, it was our first film credit or a bump in job position, and no one felt exploited even though we couldn't pay anyone (we self distributed the film and are still very much in the red, so we the producers are not profiting either).
You can check out the fruits of our labor at www.poolpartymassacre.com
I agree, that's a fair point that films aren't released in a vacuum as to the world around them.
And it's ok to discuss films that take a political stance in order to analyze the merits of their positions (and its ok to disagree about those merits too!).
I just get a little wary when I see two posts, just 2 days apart, that basically say "here is a cool anti-Trump video" without offering any insight about what is noteworthy about said video, other than the fact that it is anti-Trump.
My fear is that when nothing is offered for the forum to discuss about the craft of the filmmaking in question, we have nothing to discuss but devolve into flame-war arguments pro or against the candidates in question.
As for the Michael Moore film, I really want to see it. I love his documentaries, even when I don't always agree with every stance they take, because I appreciate his craft.