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Another Outlet Makes History

Never before had a blind filmmaker directed a feature film. There’ve been some other handicapped filmmakers, most notably Christopher Reeve, who directed from a wheelchair after his tragic accident, but.a guy who can’t see?

History was made when I succeeded in not only completing The Bunker, but in getting multiple distribution deals. We’re streaming in Europe. We’ve got deals in Asia. The film is available on DVD in the U.S. through a number of retail outlets, and now?

Now history is being made on IPTV as The Bunker premieres on Halloween night, running through November 6th, for free. Yep, you read that right. Zip. Nada. Nothing. Only thing it’ll cost you if you want that true theatre experience is some popcorn.

Visit CommodityFilms.com any time beginning on Halloween, or pick a day during the following week, and you can check out a flick that, quite literally, broke new filmmaking ground. Then, come on back and let us know what you thought. You’ve got a whole week. No excuses! 

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Blind Filmmaker’s Groundbreaking Feature Secures IPTV Launch

THE BUNKER Movie PosterHistory-Making Film will Stream Worldwide via New Broadcast Outlet

(TAMPA, FL) There aren’t many blind feature film directors. In fact, there’s only Joe Monks, and his debut feature, THE BUNKER, will begin streaming in October on IPTV thanks to Tampa-based distribution company Commodity Films.

It’s an unusual success story that began when Monks, a writer and longtime comic publisher, decided to tackle the biggest challenge of his career: directing a movie. Despite the obstacles his handicap presented, as well as vocal internet naysayers, Monks raised the money to begin shooting, and embarked on a journey no filmmaker had taken before.

Enter Russell Hess, a film distributor who saw enormous potential in the envelope-pushing project, and reached out to Monks to offer his services.

“I was more than mildly intrigued when I heard a blind guy was making a movie. At first, I reacted as many would, thinking that this was some kind of stunt. Not only was I completely wrong, what Joe accomplished is far better than most amateur filmmakers I’ve seen during my career.”

After a year’s worth of discussions, the two finally met face-to-face, and sealed the deal.

“It took me a while to trust somebody after the hassles I had in production,” says Monks. “But we secured domestic distribution, foreign distribution and now the IPTV deal. Not bad for a first-timer who can’t see, huh?”

THE BUNKER premieres Halloween night, Oct. 31 on CommodityFilms.com, and will run for free through November 7th, along with a “Making of” documentary, and REDEMPTION, a TV pilot based on one of Monks’ teleplays. Just click Watch Now to enter the Commodity Films Screening Room. Monks and Hess will be promoting the launch through the 31st, when Monks will wrap the promo tour at Backstreets Sports Bar in Cape Coral, helping with their costume contest. (No, he won’t be judging.)
To schedule an interview or on-air appearance with Monks and Hess, or for more information on THE BUNKER and its creator, please contact Billy Martindale, Publicist, via e-mail at: PR@MediaSI.com

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Terror, Texas Style

Image of Joseph M MonksHeya gang,

The fine folks at Texas Terror Ent have made yours truly the featured author of the month, which means that not only is there a brand-new interview up, there’s an original piece of flash fiction that’ll be available exclusively on the site for one month only. Since the interview went up a couple days into August, they’ll be extending my stay through the first week of September (which is perfect, seeing as my story is about college frat initiation gone awry). Anyway, drop in on ‘em here:

Featured Author: Joseph M. Monks

and let the boss know what you think. As always, any additional questions or comments, feel free to post them there and I’ll reply as soon as possible.

Thanks!