Blind Filmmaker’s Groundbreaking Feature Secures IPTV Launch

THE BUNKER Movie PosterHistory-Making Film will Stream Worldwide via New Broadcast Outlet

(TAMPA, FL) There aren’t many blind feature film directors. In fact, there’s only Joe Monks, and his debut feature, THE BUNKER, will begin streaming in October on IPTV thanks to Tampa-based distribution company Commodity Films.

It’s an unusual success story that began when Monks, a writer and longtime comic publisher, decided to tackle the biggest challenge of his career: directing a movie. Despite the obstacles his handicap presented, as well as vocal internet naysayers, Monks raised the money to begin shooting, and embarked on a journey no filmmaker had taken before.

Enter Russell Hess, a film distributor who saw enormous potential in the envelope-pushing project, and reached out to Monks to offer his services.

“I was more than mildly intrigued when I heard a blind guy was making a movie. At first, I reacted as many would, thinking that this was some kind of stunt. Not only was I completely wrong, what Joe accomplished is far better than most amateur filmmakers I’ve seen during my career.”

After a year’s worth of discussions, the two finally met face-to-face, and sealed the deal.

“It took me a while to trust somebody after the hassles I had in production,” says Monks. “But we secured domestic distribution, foreign distribution and now the IPTV deal. Not bad for a first-timer who can’t see, huh?”

THE BUNKER premieres Halloween night, Oct. 31 on CommodityFilms.com, and will run for free through November 7th, along with a “Making of” documentary, and REDEMPTION, a TV pilot based on one of Monks’ teleplays. Just click Watch Now to enter the Commodity Films Screening Room. Monks and Hess will be promoting the launch through the 31st, when Monks will wrap the promo tour at Backstreets Sports Bar in Cape Coral, helping with their costume contest. (No, he won’t be judging.)
To schedule an interview or on-air appearance with Monks and Hess, or for more information on THE BUNKER and its creator, please contact Billy Martindale, Publicist, via e-mail at: PR@MediaSI.com

Video: Hart D. Fisher: Intellectual Property Thief (Part 1)

The latest Sight Unseen Insider features revelations about FilmOn TV “American Horrors” channel owner Hart D. Fisher. Included is indisputable evidence of Joe’s creator’s rights being violated.

Take a watch:

 

Here’s the full affidavit shown in the video:

 

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And here’s the referenced email Hart sent to Joe:

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Stay tuned next week for Part II.

Free Holiday Download – CHASERS by Joseph M. Monks

Here’s a grim winter tale you’ll be seeing this spring when Stuff Out’a My Head 2 is released. Of course, if you’re in the Christmas spirit and want to put off reading it until the 26th, feel free. But, if you’re the adventurous sort, there’s nothing wrong with pouring a shot of misery into your egg nog while reading by the fireplace. I’d like to think that’s how Jacob Marley does it.

Thanks for stopping by, whether you’re a newcomer or a longtime fan & friend. Merry Christmas, and (despite this unwrapped piece of wretchedness finding it’s way beneath your tree), best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you and yours.

— Joe Monks
12/19/11

Download the PDF of CHASERS right here