Gigantic Digital Cinema, the new online platform announced last week by New York-based Gigantic Group, has signed a deal with First Run Features for US streaming of its feature Bliss.
The digital release nationwide will be in tandem with First Run’s theatrical opening of Bliss on August 7 at New York’s Cinema Village. Online streaming will be blocked in New York for two weeks after the theatrical run; and other anticipated theatrical markets can also be blocked online. Gigantic will stream films in high quality, commercial free for a ticket price of $2.99.
Abdullah Oguz’s Bliss (Mutluluk) is an unconventional road movie, set in Turkey, tackling the subject of honor killings.
Gigantic Digital president Mark Lipsky remarks, “First Run Features has been a mainstay for decades in delivering exciting and engaging independent movies to audiences across the US. With this deal, Gigantic will have the honor of dramatically extending the reach of Bliss across the country. It’s precisely films of this caliber, power and beauty that will enable us to deliver a wider audience and added revenue to our distributor partners while empowering us to help grow the independent film audience with each new release.”
Marc Mauceri, VP of First Run Features, notes that “It’s quite an honor to be working with Mark Lipsky, one of the original gurus of indie film. We’re very excited to be working with Mark and Gigantic in releasing Bliss online nationally. Making the film available to audiences outside the usual arthouse stongholds will bring much-deserved attention and exposure to this superb film.”
As previously reported, Gigantic is also planning an August 26 for documentary Motherland, produced by Smush Media.