Did you know that the most memorable scene from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, in which Travolta injects adrenaline into the heart of a woman who overdosed, is based on a true story? It happened to Steven Prince. In ’78, Martin Scorsese made a movie called American Boy about his friend, Prince, whose life was more fascinating than what any screenwriter could dream up.
Now 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 on Submarine Channel and via download through Bittorrent sites and the like.
In the new episode in our Pretty Cool People Interviews series we talked to Pallotta about American Prince and his cooperation with Richard Linklater for Slacker, Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly.
Watch American Prince on Submarine Channel
Watch the Pretty Cool People Interview with Tommy Pallotta
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 how, where and when they consume their music, movies, or tv shows – even if their preferred way of distribution is officially labeled “illegal.” The locus of control is shifting away from the media moguls 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.
Online movie portals and peer-to-peer movie sites make it easier for us to reach a potential audience for this movie – an audience that would otherwise not have been able to see American Prince. That’s why Submarine Channel and Tommy Pallotta embrace these movie portals.
American Prince is released on SubmarineChannel and available for download through selected bittorrent sites such as MiniNova.
– Pretty Cool People Interview (video): Tommy Pallotta
– Little White Lillies: 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’
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.