After researching the murky and uninspiring state of independent film distribution, the Bite Me team decided to go rogue.
Following their 2019 Cinequest World Premiere and Best Feature Film Win at VTXIFF and, after researching the murky and uninspiring state of independent film distribution, the Bite Me team decided to go rogue and release the film in a far more independent, empowered, and joyful manner, bringing their film directly to the audience most excited to see it.
The Joyful Vampire Tour of America is a 51-screening, 40-city, 3-month, RV-fueled old-school carnival-coming-to-town extravaganza, running May 6-August 4, 2019 (tour dates and tickets available here).
Almost every screening of Bite Me on the tour is paired with a special event – most often Joyful Vampire Balls, although there is at least one Joyful Vampire Yoga Class – that gives audiences a chance to meet the filmmakers, have fun with their community, and celebrate whatever makes them most joyful. Capes, tiaras, and wings are encouraged at all screenings and events.
Bite Me is also available to watch on the indie subscription-on-demand service, Seed & Spark, as well as for rental/purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, so whether you are able to join for a screening/event on the tour or just want to watch it from your couch (or coffin), you can participate in the conversation! Even better, Bite Me is selling Joyful Vampire Party Packs for those who want to host their own Vampire Ball in their home or community!
Because the tour itself – led by Bite Me’s writer and star Naomi McDougall Jones – will be so much fun, documentary filmmaker Kiwi Callahan is on RV-ride too and is making a docu-series about The Joyful Vampire Tour! A new episode drops every Saturday on YouTube for the duration of the tour.
Fans will want to follow the docu-series to follow the team’s adventures circumnavigating these United States, but indie filmmakers will find even more in there, because the Bite Me team believes that indie filmmakers should not be forced to make distribution decisions about their films with as little data as is now available. They are, therefore, making Bite Me a radically transparent case study in creative distribution. They are being transparent about all their numbers (cost, revenue, etc) and giving filmmakers an opportunity to learn from both their failures and successes.