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From The Portland Press Herald: Indie Film: Maine's Kyle Rankin marvels at new ways to reach fans
Rankin's completed his latest film, the post-apocalyptic action thriller 'Nuclear Family.'

Rankin's completed his latest film, the post-apocalyptic action thriller "Nuclear Family," and, as he explained from Los Angeles, its release will be something new for his work -- and maybe for independent filmmakers everywhere. That's thanks to Vuguru, an independent multimedia studio founded by former Paramount and Walt Disney head Michael Eisner.

"It's a cool new approach to distribution," Rankin said. "I originally made a 30-minute version and showed it around. Vuguru said it was right up their alley, and financed the rest."

"Nuclear Family" is already locked in for a European and Canadian release, with domestic distribution pending. According to Vuguru's unique marketing strategy, it may be seen in a wide variety of ways.

"I consider myself a feature filmmaker, which (at 95 minutes) is what I made, but it may come out in one of several formats," Rankin said. "Vuguru can sell it as a feature on DVD, a TV series, an Internet series.


With Vugaru's involvement, "Nuclear Family" was also able to line up well-known actors such as Sharon Lawrence ("NYPD Blue") and "scream queen" Danielle Harris (the "Halloween" series) to augment an already-impressive cast including Corin Nemec ("Stargate SG-1") and, of course, genre legend Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks," "Reaper"), who has been in almost every Rankin production for the last decade. "Everyone loves Ray," says Rankin. "When we went to Comic-Con, he was stopped by fans every 10 feet."

The film has their own Facebook page (you have to have a Facebook account to access) where we'll find out more about how it will be distributed.

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