(Above: Sophie Thatcher in Breaker’s ‘Prospect’)
Breaker, a video-on-demand (VOD) service available initially through a desktop app, launched yesterday with nine non-exclusive movies from FilmRise and Oscilloscope, plus dozens of public domain flicks.
The FilmRise titles include The Miseducation of Cameron Post, last year’s drama about gay conversion therapy, and 2015’s Manifesto, with Cate Blanchett in 13 vignettes, both priced at $1.99 for rentals. The Oscilloscope films include Meek’s Cutoff, a 2010 western starring Michelle Williams, at $3.99.
Breaker’s free public domain films include the usual suspects (like the original versions of The Little Shop of Horrors and A Star Is Born), the not-so-usual (the John Travolta 1976 TV movie, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble) and the new-to-us (Nina Paley’s animated musicals Sita Sings the Blues and, our favorite title, Seder-Masochism).
You can check out all of Breaker’s titles by downloading its app at breaker.io.
Breaker uses blockchain technology, but is not the first distributor to do so. Last year, for example, Two Roads Picture Co announced the release of its first feature film, No Postage Necessary, via a blockchain platform, citing transparency of royalty payments as one of the technology’s distinct advantages. Breaker also emphasized transparency in its launch press release, without going into detail about its benefits.
Producer Steven Soderbergh, whose new thriller Perfect will be coming to Breaker, seems sold on blockchain as a distribution platform: “I’m always looking for new ways to increase the transparency of the business while also trying to simplify it. If this is what the future’s going to look like, I want to be in on it early.”
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