Despite its success in achieving some widespread audience with film festivals and internet, I’ve secretly been kind of disappointed with the underachievement status of Purple Heart’s Final Beat. We’re approaching the three year anniversary of filming and despite an audience of over 40,000 viewers on YouTube, not nearly as much has come of it as I originally hoped it would. This is a film that needs to be seen – not because I made it, but because it addresses a real problem that the maniacal establishment of this country seeks to keep under wraps so that enlistment can go up and IQs can go down.
The director’s cut went online December 29, 2010 and underperformed to a less than impressive start. Considering the first cut of the film had over 10,000 views within about six months, I was certain this version – with a more provocative headline (“The Reason for Veteran Suicides”) – would blow up even more. As of two days ago, I was right. The film sat on YouTube with no more than 1,300 views. Now, logging into YouTube today to look at some comments, I have to ask… what the hell happened?
This is unprecedented (well, at least it’s unprecedented for a video without cute kittens or people face-planting in embarrassing ways). Over 7,000 views in just two days have come in. And apparently we have a new website in Germany to thank for it: http://www.20min.ch
. I’ve never heard of this site before, and despite a rudimentary knowledge of the language to guide me, I’ve been unable to find the article that accompanies the film’s posting on the website. What I do know is that this is the single largest blast of a viewing audience I’ve ever experienced. Nothing like this has ever occurred with our work and I can only hope that the trend continues and the film gains the audience it deserves.
Second Class Citizen
founder Terrence Popp will be speaking at the Michigan capitol building on December 3 on behalf of our cause. If you’re within earshot and you’d like to lend your support, contact him at [email protected]