Five days, 16 000 downloads and 15 000 SEK (1 500 EUR)! The downloading frequency is still strong, even though it´s a little less than when the movie was on the front-page of the Pirate Bay. I´d like to gather my thoughts about what has happened before we walk into the next phase.
When we decided to release Nasty Old People on The Pirate Bay, we had no idea how the reception would be. What we did know, is that this is a place with lots and lots of users, and many of them are interested in different kind of culture, like movies, music and books.
Just a few hours after the movie was released on the Pirate Bay we got over 500 downloads. Now, five days later we got over 16.000! The information about Nasty Old People spread thru social networks like facebook and twitter, and at different blogs around the world. And after three days 13.000 people from 113 countries have visited this blog.
Sharing files is obviously a great way to reach a big audience in very short time. Meanwhile we discovered lots of other values during the process. You guys contacted us and offered to help with subtitling, and now there are subtitles in French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian! You have also helped a lot by putting the film out on other sites and networks, and the same thing goes for those of you who have contacted us in order to organize live screenings all over the world.
We also keep getting amazing responses from many of you, which creates a direct link between you, the "audience," and us the "the creators". I´m not happy though to call you the audience, because you are definitely now a part of the process in many ways - by seeding, blogging, and so forth! I do really have the feeling that we are doing things together and I hope you also feel the same!
As you all know people are able to donate money to the film and so far we have received 15 000 SEK (1 500 EUR, 2 070 USD). This works just the way we imagined, some people give a lot, and others a little less, all depending on their own financially situation. Since I believe that culture- like stories, art and music - reflect and builds society, it´s really important to me that no one is excluded just because of how much money they have in the bank.
The film was released with a Creative Common-license, BY-NC-SA. This opens up possibilities and many of us are wondering what the remixes will look like! Last but not least, I believe there is an ecological dimension in this too. Since the distribution is all digital and we don´t need to print DVD´s, use plastic and transportation, it hopefully is better for the environment.
When I put all those values together- social, cultural, financial and environmental, I´m even more convinced then before that sharing is important for the future, and a necessary part of the steps we need to take for sustainable development to happen!
So! Keep seeding please and spread the word. This is not the end of it!
Love to you all