Here’s the story of “Duct Tape Messiah,” Kevin Triplett’s documentary about the late, great Blaze Foley. Tom Weber Films will be handling marketing and distribution for this great film while Kevin is employed in Saudi Arabia. Kevin and I have a lot in common: we made our documentaries over many years out of passion for our subjects, and we marketed them the old-fashioned way, by barnstorming, traveling from city to city showing our work in bars, coffeehouses, libraries and church basements..
By KEVIN TRIPLETT
I worked 12 years on my documentary about the obscure but legendary Texas songwriter Blaze Foley, who was affectionately called the “Duct Tape Messiah.”
12 years is a long time to work on anything and I gave up several times. It was my first film, so I had to learn how to make a film and how to tell a good story well. I made many mistakes, which is why I’m writing this story, as a warning to other first-time filmmakers: avoid what I did!
If you want to be an independent filmmaker in today’s rapidly changing environment, you face a very steep learning curve. Even experienced filmmakers are throwing up their hands in despair, and if I see another death-of-cinema article in a national magazine I think I’m going to scream.
It’s sad that so many good films never get beyond the festival circuit. They get a buzz, some nice reviews, maybe even win an award, but they don’t get distribution deals and then they disappear, never to be seen again. Many filmmakers still think that their job is finished when the film is done, that it’s somebody else’s job to promote it. That’s where they’re wrong.