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American Prince: Tommy Pallotta’s Downloadable Docu

Did you know that the most memorable scene from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, in which John Travolta injects adrenaline into the heart of Uma Thurman, is based on a true story? It happened to Steven Prince, a friend of Martin Scorsese. In 1978, Scorcese made the movie American Boy about his friend, whose life story surely was more fascinating and unbelievable than what any screenwriter could dream up.

Now Submarine director Tommy Pallotta brings us American Prince, where he draws out Steven Prince once more to recount his days since American Boy. The documentary can be watched online for free here on Submarine Channel (above), and via download through BitTorrent sites such as MiniNova, and the like.

American Prince and Submarine Channel
Media has changed a lot over the years. YouTube and online channels now provide the world with many outlets. And then there’s BitTorrent – the peer to peer file sharing protocol that’s often associated with piracy. The music and film industry are faced with a growing group of consumers that embrace these new technologies of distribution. People want to choose for themselves how, where and when they experience content – be that music, movie, or tv shows – even if their preferred way is officially labeled “illegal”. The locus of control is shifting away from the media conglomerats to the consumer. So what’s the answer?

The music industry has been developing new business models in response to this changing mediascape for some time now and with modest success. Now it’s time for the movie industry to come up with alternatives to their traditional way of producing and distributing content.

Submarine Channel has been exploring these new ways of distribution with MiniMovies, a project that has proved that there are viable alternatives for producing and distributing documentary films online. Molotov Alva was a good example. With American Prince we’re taking things one step further.

American Prince is an independent movie, made with a tiny budget by a small team with a passion for film. Scorcese’s ‘American Boy’ never got a proper release in the theaters, but found its audience from the 1970s through the 1990s through bootleg copies and can now be found on YouTube. Even though not that many people have seen it, the movie’s impact is evident.

Peer-to-peer movie sharing make it easier for us to reach a potential audience for a movie like American Prince. That’s why Submarine Channel and Tommy Pallotta embrace these movie portals.

American Prince was released on Submarine Channel and available for download through selected bittorrent sites such as MiniNova.

Submarine Channel video profile (video): Tommy Pallotta
Little White Lies: Interview with Tommy Palotta
Torrentfreak Interview: Scanner Darkly Producer Puts Latest Movie on BitTorrent
Interview on Filmmaker Magazine’s Blog: Tommy Pallotta about the pleasures of leaving Facebook
Review on Filmmaker Magazine: American’s Prince’s Tommy Pallotta
Review on Ain’t It Cool News!: Harry finds American Prince to be the perfect companion to Scorsese’s legendary semi-Lost film, American Boy!
Interview on Slackerwood: Tommy Pallotta, ‘American Prince’

Director’s bio
Tommy Pallotta received a degree in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT he met Richard Linklater and that began their long friendship and collaborations starting with his film career as an actor and production assistant on Linklater’s directorial debut, Slacker. Pallotta went on to direct his first feature The High Road and music videos for the band Zero 7. He has also produced several short films including Snack and Drink, which resides as part of a permanent collection in the New York Museum of Modern Art. He then continued his extensive animation experience with two more collaborations with Linklater by producing Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick.

Producer & Director: Tommy Pallotta
Co-producer & Editor: Josh Cramer
Length: 52 mins


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