Fandor has announced that it has the exclusive world premiere stream of Hal Hartley’s latest film, “My America.” Based on a collection of 21 monologues commissioned by Centerstage, the State Theater of Maryland, “My America” is a meditative piece that contemplates the current psychological fabric of American society. The monologues are written by some of the theater’s most acclaimed playrights, including Neil LaBute, Danny Hoch, Dan Dietz and Marcus Gardley, while the cast boasts names such as Jefferson Mays, Kathleen Chalfant and Thomas Jay Ryan.
“I owe a large part of both my career and critical eye to Hal Hartley,” said longtime producer Ted Hope, now CEO of Fandor. “So it is a true joy to host the exclusive premiere of Hal’s latest film.”
The decision to premiere “My America” via a streaming platform, rather than a traditional theatrical release, is not an unprecedented move for Hal Hartley — especially given the fact that he has long embraced disruptive forces such as crowdfunding. Over the past couple of years, Hartley has successfully carried out two Kickstarter campaigns; the first one in 2011 in order to fund the distribution of his film “Meanwhile,” and the second one late last year to raise funds for the production of his next feature, “Ned Rifle.”
“My America” will premiere on Fandor on July 4th. Following its digital debut, Fandor will host a screening of the film, followed by a Q&A with Hartley, on July 9th at the IFC Center.