"JesusCat (or How I Accidentally Joined a Cult)" is now available to view in full on YouTube. And it's completely free! If you haven't seen the movie yet, check it out at: https://youtu.be/tnuOwGoAj30 or just watch it below!
If you liked the film, please consider reviewing it on Amazon. And speaking of Amazon, the only way to get the one hour of bonus features is by purchasing the DVD. Yes, we know, DVDs are SO early-to-mid-2000s. But Jesus is timeless.
JesusCat could really use some help this holiday season!
If you've watched the film and liked it, please take a minute or two to leave Him a positive review on Amazon and/or Amazon Instant Video. Please "like" the Facebook page and share about the movie on your various social media outlets. If you have a blog, vlog, tumblr, tinder, etc., please consider posting a review there too!
If you are a reviewer and would like a free copy of the movie to review, or if you're a fellow independent filmmaker, writer, actor, artist, etc., and would like to "exchange" reviews, please contact us directly via email.
If you want to support us but you honestly just don't feel like watching the movie, please consider adding "JesusCat" to your Amazon watchlist or wishlist and just let it sit there. You may not realize it, but those things help indie films find their way onto search results and suggested lists!
Every little bit helps and the best form of advertising is word-of-mouth and all that stuff, so, seriously, please don't hesitate to contact us!
And, finally, if you didn't like the film and/or don't want to support it whatsoever, please consider donating $5 to a charity that has personal meaning to you before the end of the year.
Thank you, and Happy Cyber Monday!
Finally! "JesusCat (or How I Accidentally Joined a Cult)" is available for online rental and download on Amazon Instant Video! Here's the direct link:
And don't forget, if you're old-school like us, you can still buy the DVD on Amazon too!
written by Shaina Vorspan
It's happened! JesusCat is available to purchase on DVD! We are so excited to be able to share our baby with you, including almost an hour of bonus footage! Exclamation points!!
In my opinion, you know you've "made it" when you can tell someone a movie you created is Prime eligible on Amazon.
So what are you waiting for? Go buy it! Buy it buy it buy it!
(and maybe leave a nice review?)
P.S. If DVDs aren't your thing, it will be available for Digital Download soon! So, keep your eyes peeled for that announcement.
written by Julia Morizawa
I'm not going to lie. After spending 2012 editing "JesusCat" and 2013 doing the whole film festival thing, I was feeling pretty burned out by the time 2014 came around. Since I'm really just an actor, all this producing and editing and distribution stuff has all been self-taught through trial and error and the help of the World Wide Web. Which means it's been quite slow-going and challenging. But the final chapter in this do-it-yourself journey is what the industry calls... distribution.
Of course, distribution for this type of project through, say, a distribution company, is not really an option. No names, no budget, no nudity. Which led us to the prospect of self-distribution. And fortunately for us, Amazon's CreateSpace, will allow us to do just that.
So I've spent 2014 preparing the movie for DVD and streaming release. First I re-watched just about all of the original footage. Yep, that's right. I re-watched and re-edited 12 hours of improvised footage. Which took a very, very, very long time. But the result is some totally awesome DVD bonus features showcasing footage that didn't make it into the final film and a hilarious blooper reel. This additional editing was followed by learning some basics in DVD authoring to create a menu. Using Sony Vegas, Sony DVD Architect Pro, free online tutorials (most thanks to www.moviestudiozen.com), and again, a lot of trial and error, I was able to piece together a simple but creative DVD menu for your enjoyment.
I think the most valuable thing I learned in this process is how to use a bitrate calculator to render video down to the appropriate size in my editing software. And to NOT use the DVD authoring software to compress video. I did that the first time and it took over 24 hours for the DVD to burn. I guess that's what happens when you're compressing approximately 150 gigs of high-definition footage down to fit on a 4.7 gig disc.
The next step from here is to send all the necessary files to CreateSpace and to approve a proof. We're really looking forward to sharing "JesusCat" on a wider-scale and hope that the response continues to be positive. We expect the DVD will be available online somewhere between the end of October and mid-November. We'll announce of the official release here!
This past weekend, we were honored once again to be able to screen JesusCat-- this time at the Asians on Film Festival. After the screening we did a private interview with Scott Eriksson, programmer for the fest, and some short interviews on the red carpet as well. As soon as we have access to that footage, we'll be sure to send it your way!
And the most exciting part? We won an award for best comedy feature, and our very own Elizabeth Yocam won best supporting actress for a feature!
Not a bad day, eh?
Thank you to everyone at Asians on Film for your support, and thank you for continuing to humor us by liking our posts and reading our updates :)
Julia Morizawa was recently interviewed about JesusCat (or How I Accidentally Joined a Cult) for the film blog, Asian American Movies. The following is a brief excerpt:
How has the reception of JesusCat been?
JesusCat has been received very well by audiences and better-than-expected by film festivals. We’ve gotten really positive responses from people who have seen the film, and we’re happy to know that people other than us find it funny. Our one and only written review by Misty Lane of Rogue Cinema stated, “Considering the improvisational aspect of it and the low budget, it’s phenomenally well done. This is a comedian’s comedy, a comedy done right and one movie you should all check out.” Given the no-budget aspect and the unconventional format, we weren’t really expecting to get into any film festivals when we started submitting. But we did – the Los Angeles Comedy Festival and the Action on Film International Film Festival in 2013, then next at the Asians On Film Festival on February 15th in North Hollywood, CA. We’ve had a good amount of unexpected success with the project over the last year.
The complete interview can be read here.
Asian American Movies was founded to give voice to Asian-American filmmakers and their works. Check them out at www.asianamericanmovies.com.
JesusCat (or How I Accidentally Joined a Cult) will be screening at the Asians On Film Festival on February 15th, 2014.
Asians On Film Festival is an extension of the website www.AsiansOnFilm.com, and their mission is to provide recognition to Asian/Pacific Islanders who are minorities in their film industries either as actors, actresses, writers, directors, producers, editors and/or those who work in other aspects of filmmaking. The festival will be running February 14-16.
JesusCat will be screening on Saturday, February 15th at 5:00pm at JET Studios, 5126 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance here.
A few months ago, it was our pleasure to be interviewed by Del Weston, creator of the Action on Film Festival (where JesusCat screened in August), for his show "Del Weston On Film". We talked about what it's like to be independent filmmakers, how JesusCat might offend, and ears...that's right, ears.
Here is a short snippet taken from the full interview (hopefully we will have access to the full 30 minutes at some point).
Thank you and happy new year from Team JesusCat!
How do you make a NO BUDGET Film? You follow the charming and beautiful Julia Morizawa and Shaina Vorspan into the fray...
JesusCat (or How I Accidentally Joined a Cult) has been selected as an Honorable Mention for Mockfest 2014. Although the film will not actually be screened to the public at the film festival, it will still be eligible to be nominated for all festival awards. We are honored to have received this recognition.
Mockfest will be held on January 10 and 11, 2014 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California. Mockfest is the first film festival originally founded in appreciation of the mockumentary, a groundbreaking film style capable of bending reality and shaping human perceptions. This year, for the first time, the festival will be showcasing comedy films of all styles and genres from around the world. More about the festival can be found at www.mockfilmfest.com.