To our IndieGoGo supporters…
I’m writing to update you on the distribution of MURPH and the delivery of your perk packages.
As you know, Mactavish Pictures is a small veteran-owned company that I founded with my life savings and children’s college funds to tell stories of honor, courage and commitment. I work outside of Hollywood for obvious reasons, and therefore have limited access to the big studios and distributors, and more importantly, their money.
When we embarked on MURPH: The Protector, our hopes were to sell a few thousand copies of the DVD and make our money back while telling the story of a real American hero. Several times during the production phase, I had to sell camera equipment in order to keep my lights on. And that’s why we launched the IndieGoGo campaign.
When we set the campaign dates, we did so assuming no one in Hollywood would care about the film, and the DVDs would be available in early 2013. However, the film has proven to be extremely popular and several large Hollywood companies have made offers to distribute it globally, far exceeding our expectations and dreams. We recently signed a deal with a major distributor, and they now make the decisions on when the DVD will be released.
Of most importance, the distributors require the film to be held until they can distribute it to the retailers. There are many criminals out there that would love to make illegal copies of the DVD and sell them on the black market, or upload the film to pirate video sites in Europe. Even if we had copies of the DVD to send out (and we don’t) we would be prohibited from doing so by our partners.
With that said, it looks like the film will be available on DVD, iTunes, Netflix, etc. at the end of this year or in January 2014.
I’m extremely grateful for your support, and fully understand you’ve waited a long time to receive your perks. As the director of the film, I want the world to actually see it, so the wait has been tough for my team and me as well. If you’d rather not wait for the perk package, I will be happy to refund your contribution right away. Please contact us directly and we will process it ASAP.
Finally, we’ve had a few folks write in asking for updates. Through this entire process, we’ve been updating our IndieGoGo supporters by email every few weeks, or when information is made available to us. If your email address has changed, please send the new one to us so that no updates are missed.
Thanks again for your support. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.