FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HOLY GHOST World Premiere Attracted More Than One Million Estimated Viewers
Free, 48-Hour World Premiere of Faith-Based Documentary for Millennials scores big with global, tech-savvy audience; HOLY GHOST DVD and VOD availability, beginning today, will determine profitability and viability of new “Think Outside the Box Office” distribution model
(Chicago, IL – September 16, 2014)
Wanderlust Productions, the independent film studio behind the hit “God Adventure” trilogy FINGER OF GOD, FURIOUS LOVE and FATHER OF LIGHTS, is transforming Hollywood’s long-established business model with its #1 Kickstarter-funded, faith film for Millennials, HOLY GHOST. Last week, the company debuted its new film in a highly anticipated, live event called the HOLY GHOST World Premiere Experience. The one-time digital event—which featured a special musical appearance with Brian “Head” Welch of Korn—made it possible for anyone in the world to watch the event free of charge for 48 hours.
Exclusive new data reveals that the HOLY GHOST premiere yielded a stunning return, more than one million estimated viewers. This larger-than-expected audience, 41% of which were outside the U.S. and nearly 50% of which viewed HOLY GHOST on mobile devices, will now be invited to buy the film beginning today, September 16th.
“Based on the overwhelming support we received on Kickstarter, the response to Wanderlust’s first three films and the surge in social media from our fans, we have always fundamentally believed that HOLY GHOST will be a major commercial success. We will be profitable with the very first DVD or VOD sold today, and every sale afterward both increases the margin and serves as a proof point for the viability of this new model,” said Braden Heckman, CEO of Wanderlust. “Rather than raising production and promotional money from large investors, and then essentially betting that a project will do well enough to make that money back, HOLY GHOST’s new crowd-funded model provides a filmmaker with reasonable certainty from the outset of the project. 2,500 people donated because they wanted to see this film made. The consumer-driven model, made possible by new technology, gives people more power to choose and causes them to be deeply invested in a project’s success. Today, HOLY GHOST is new breaking ground, and tomorrow this model could be the new normal for the entertainment industry.”
Wanderlust’s distribution strategy is predicated on converting the audience from HOLY GHOST’s free premiere into paying customers. That phase begins today with the DVD and VOD release of HOLY GHOST, available on Amazon and at the Wanderlust website, with iTunes soon to come. That, coupled with HOLY GHOST’s three-week World Premiere Tour, where the film is making special stops at churches around the country through October 12th, will indicate the film’s level of commercial success.
Key HOLY GHOST metrics:
- There were more than one million estimated viewers of HOLY GHOST’s World Premiere Experience
- More than 740 churches are participating in the HOLY GHOST World Premiere Experience and/or HOLY GHOST World Premiere Tour
- Nearly 75 movie theatres have joined by popular demand from the website Tugg
- Nearly 50% of views during the World Premiere Experience were on mobile devices
- 41% of views during the World Premiere Experience were outside the USA
To learn more about HOLY GHOST’s DVD and VOD sales, click here: http://www.wpfilm.com/buyholyghost/
About Wanderlust Productions Wanderlust Productions was founded by Darren Wilson in 2006 when he began work on what would become his first feature length film, FINGER OF GOD. The company currently concentrates on creating feature films that are both creatively exciting and spiritually engaging.