You hear about movies being leaked via BitTorrent all the time – scene and P2P groups make sure that these are all shared online, whether movies makers and distributors like it or not. Of course, right now there aren’t many publishers who embrace BitTorrent as a distribution medium. However, there are folks who willingly share their work via BitTorrent at no cost at all. Makers of Indie movie Self Helpless belong to that rare segment of movie producers – they have released their independent movie via BitTorrent and encourage torrenters to share it with as many people as they like. For those who are not into BitTorrent, an online streaming version is available for free through NinjaVideo.
Here’s how Adam Jaroszewski, a co-director and co-writer of Self Helpless, explained their decision to release the movie on BitTorrent:
Instead of fighting downloaders we're embracing them. Basically we want our movie to spread far and wide because we know that the community supports art and content it truly enjoys. We're confident there's a large audience for Self Helpless, and we want to give people the chance to check it out.
By our estimation, the Self Helpless torrents and streamed video on ninjavideo have been viewed about 5000+ times in its first 5 days. And the community is starting to show some support. Being avid downloaders, it seems pretty damn clear to my team and me that bittorrent is here to stay and will be playing a major role in the future of content distribution. This is true irrespective of what the current powers-that-be want. We're sort of confused as to why more content creators don't get this and adapt, but I'm betting they eventually will.
Given below are download links and other resources related to Self Helpless. By all means, download it, watch it and share it with your friends :)
Torrent Download: http://www.mininova.org/tor/3191913
Streaming Link: http://www.ninjavideo.net/video/64177
Official Web Page: http://www.selfhelplessmovie.com/
HD Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQHoKDXA9UU
Special thanks to Adam Jaroszewski for letting us know.