THE LITTLE TIN MAN, Featuring Broadway's Jeff Hiller, Greg Hildreth and Chris Henry Coffey, Debuts This Month
The indie darling, The Little Tin Man, premieres exclusively on Vutopia for the month of September in partnership with Gravitas Ventures. The film will play on the Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks' movie subscription service, Vutopia, for a 30 day run along with an exclusive interview with filmmaker Matthew Perkins. A limited theatrical release is also in the works for this micro-budget comedy, produced for only 100K.
Funded through Kickstarter, the film is written and produced by Matthew Perkins & Dugan Bridges and marks Perkins' directorial debut. The story follows the plight of Herman, a struggling dwarf actor (newcomer Aaron Beelner) who is tired of being typecast and overlooked for bigger roles. He sets out to be cast as the Tin Man in Martin Scorsese's remake of The Wizard of Oz. The film also features the lead acting debut of Kay Cannon (Writer of Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, New Girl, 30 Rock) as Miller, Herman's average-sized best friend. Jeff Hiller (30 Rock, Ghost Town), Chris Henry Coffey (Trust, The Good Wife), Michael McGlone (The Brothers McMullen, Person of Interest) also star alongside many hilarious favorites from the renowned Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Broadway.
Making its world premiere in competition at the Seattle International Film Festival, the heartfelt feature has quickly become a fan favorite. "The Little Tin Man was one of the most well received films from our 2013 festival," said Brad Wilke, SIFF Programmer. "Not only did it sell out its screening, but it also scored in the top three of our 20+ films in the New American Cinema slate (according to audience exit polling). The Little Tin Man is a fun, uplifting, crowd-pleaser that should play well to a wide swath of potential audience members."
The Little Tin Man enjoyed an award-winning run on the festival circuit, including the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Napa Valley Film Festival and the Indie Spirit Award at the Naples International Film Festival.
Comedian-Filmmaker David Wain calls The Little Tin Man, "A funny and touching look into a side of show business that most of us never think about."
"The Little Tin Man is not only heart warming on screen, but a story of patience and perseverance behind the scenes, as it's taken us 10 years to get it off the ground," said Writer/Director Matthew Perkins.
"We highly enjoyed the unique and heartfelt story of the film, and are happy to bring it to audiences everywhere." said Gravitas Ventures' Mia Bruno.
Kay Cannon began her career in acting and improv before becoming a writer on 30 Rock for six years. She then joined the staff of New Girl as a writer/producer. Kay is most well known for penning the pop culture phenomenon Pitch Perfect. Cannon recently wrote the upcoming sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, which stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld; directed by Elizabeth Banks.
Aaron Beelner is a man with dwarfism who began his acting career as a teenager. At 4'3", Beelner describes himself as a "father, actor, and entertainer who has been performing for close to thirty years." He is also a popular motivational speaker. Aaron met Matthew Perkins & Dugan Bridges while they were students at the University of Georgia in 2004. They became intrigued with his story and crafted a semi-biographical script based on his experiences as a little person.
About Gravitas Ventures - Gravitas Ventures is a leading distributor of independent cinema. Founded in 2006 with a focus on Video-On-Demand, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers, producers and distribution companies with leading distribution partners across the globe. Working with more than 500 content partners, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films across all platforms. Some of their recent releases include Dave Grohl's Sound City and the Sundance smash Ping Pong Summer. Their upcoming releases include The Longest Week starring Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde, and Felony, starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson. For more information, check out www.gravitasventures.com and @GravitasVOD.
About Vutopia - Vutopia is a multi-platform value-added commercial-free On Demand movie service that is part of "Movie Pass" on Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. The service offers hundreds of commercial-free movies available on TV and online, with new titles added each month. Called the "movie lover's ultimate destination," viewers can check out as many titles as they want, anytime, from a selection including Hollywood favorites, indie movies and documentaries. The titles are divided into cool categories based on "moods" making the search as much fun as the find. The channel is included with a "Movie Pass" subscription, which offers more than 20 favorite movie channels.