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Closer Screens launches The Mystery of Flying Kicks on VOD

Matthew Bate's award-winning sharp short doco, The Mystery of Flying Kicks, was released worldwide today on VOD. Closer Screens has launched the 14 minute documentary on the global mystery of sneaker tossing for a window of 2 weeks only as it looks develop its video-on-demand service.


The 2010 documentary looks at that ubiquitous and mysterious urban symbol of sneakers hanging over telephone lines and the associations it has with murder, sex, drugs, art and politics. Director Matthew Bate asked the people of Earth to help him make the film by asking people to leave voice message theories on a free phone hotline and to send in images, films, video and other material from which the film was made.


The film premiered at the ultra-cool South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX, in 2010 and went on to win awards at Melbourne Int'l Film Festival, New Zealand's DocEdge Festival and screened across the world including the prestigious Edinburgh, Brooklyn festivals and Sheffield Doc/Fest.


Closer Productions' artist-run distribution and rights management company Closer Screens is releasing and is utilising the DIY digital distribution service Distrify, which features innovative tools including an ability for fans to share or embed the film anywhere and get a cut of any sales made as a result.


The Mystery of Flying Kicks will be available Saturday, November 10 - Sunday November 25 on all platforms from PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones to connected-TVs.

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