So what are the chances of a small, independently produced movie doing well on the same opening weekend as a massively marketed media darling?
Let’s just say that the odds are not exactly in its favor.
October Baby is an excellent movie with unfortunate timing. For that reason I am asking you to wait before going to The Hunger Games–wait a few weeks for the sake of life. Go instead to October Baby (#OctoberBabyFilm). Go to October Baby and bring your friends.
Bring your friends, your parents, your teenagers, and your wallet.
Will it make a difference? In your own heart, yes, unless you’re blind to the truth and unwilling to admit it. (Chris Hewitt of The St. Paul Pioneer Press? I am thinking of you as I write those words. Chris Hewitt, you disappoint me.)
I went to a special screening of October Baby in February–my friends and I went then and are going again this weekend. At last count, there were over thirty of us! We are going because it’s a beautiful movie–beautifully acted, funny, real–but we are going, too, because it’s the opening weekend.
And those filmmakers will be paying attention.
They’ll be watching the numbers from The Hunger Games, yes, but they will also note the success of October Baby. Let’s give the little guy with the rock some momentum. Let’s spend our money on a message that matters.
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