S2BN Films, the film division of S2BN Entertainment Corporation, and B.E.E. LLC announce Emmett Malloy's new film Big Easy Express is available worldwide exclusively in 50 countries on the iTunes Store today (itunes.com/bigeasyexpress), more than a month ahead of any other release. Three months after Malloy's film won the "Headliner Audience Award" at the 2012 SXSW Film & Music Festival in Austin, Big Easy Express is now available to purchase on the iTunes Store in high-definition for $12.99 or $9.99 for standard-definition.
The documentary directed by Emmett Malloy (The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights) celebrates the bond created among three of the independent music scene's brightest lights — Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show — as they travel aboard a vintage train for an eight-day journey through the vibrant landscape of the American Southwest, making six stops to perform for jubilant crowds from Oakland to New Orleans, on what they called the Railroad Revival Tour in April 2011.
"We are thrilled to bring this musically charged documentary film to the world on the iTunes Store," says Karol Martesko-Fenster, President of S2BN Films. "The iTunes Store is a distribution vehicle that allows us to bring Big Easy Express to 50 countries on the same day. The film will be presented in pristine quality with great viewing options for movie and music fans alike."
S2BN Films and the three bands worked closely together on the pre-release campaign that rolled out at SXSW with a sold-out afternoon worldwide festival premiere at the Paramount Theater and late-night screening and open-air concert on the LBJ Lawn of Austin University for 8,000 people. The film recently screened as the opening night film of the Maui Film Festival, as a special presentation at the XPN Music Film Festival, Hot Docs and LA Film Festival, and as the closing night film of the Nashville Film Festival and AFI/Silverdocs Film Festival.
In a joint statement from S2BN Entertainment Chairman and Executive Producer Michael Cohl, director Emmett Malloy, and producers Tim Lynch, Bryan Ling, and Mike Luba, the filmmakers said: "We always wanted to incorporate a global digital platform into our release strategy and to find a novel approach to bringing Big Easy Express to both new and traditional film audiences. We are delighted to be working with all of our partners in crafting an innovative distribution model."
Big Easy Express Official Trailer from S2BN Films on Vimeo.
July will kick off a multi-platform, multi-territory direct release of the film that includes the global Blu-ray/DVD combo pack release on July 24 via Alliance Entertainment, followed by a subscription video on demand and theatrical run later this year. S2BN's Karol Martesko-Fenster and Ben Weiss of Paradigm worked closely to arrange the deals on behalf of the film and B.E.E. LLC.
Ben Weiss of Paradigm said of the partnership: "We are thrilled to be working with S2BN Films on this revolutionary rollout of Big Easy Express
. It highlights the true potential of the digital direct release and reaffirms our mission to be exploring all distribution models available to content owners. And the timing couldn't be better. Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show will release new albums in 2012, while Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' latest album Here was released on May 29 and has quickly become one of the best-selling albums on the iTunes Store."itunes.com/bigeasyexpressbigeasyexpress.com