Sightsound.com and Metafilmics to Partner on Online Debut, Distribution of Film.
Producers of Academy Award-Winning "What Dreams May Come"
to Premiere "The Quantum Project" on the Internet
Sightsound.com (www.sightsound.com) has reached an agreement with Metafilmics to distribute "The Quantum Project," the first film specifically produced for initial distribution over the Internet.
Directed by Francis Glebas ("Fantasia 2000"), "The Quantum Project," according to producers Barnet Bain and Stephen Simon, "is about quantum physics, the World Wide Web and spiritual mystery."
A combination of live action and extensive CGI and 3-D effects, the $3 million, privately financed film is scheduled to go into production later this year in Los Angeles. "The Quantum Project" represents the first film covered by a two-year, first-look deal Metafilmics has made with Sightsound.com.
Metafilmics' production debut, 1998's "What Dreams May Come," grossed more than $100 million in worldwide box office, and was nominated for two, and won one, Academy Awards(R) for Best Visual Effects.
The film won several other awards, including a Blockbuster Entertainment Award (for Favorite Supporting Actor), a Golden Satellite Award (for Visual Effects), an NAACP Image Award (for Supporting Actor) and a production design award from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors.
"Metafilmics' mission is to lead in cutting-edge films, television and other innovative media that honor and delight the human spirit," said Simon. "It is only fitting that the Internet serve to deliver this unique motion picture created specifically for the medium."
Metafilmics was formed in 1995 to develop and produce projects that entertain, empower and inspire by portraying characters as both human and spiritual beings. Projects in development for the company include a 4-hour miniseries for CBS on the life of Linda McCartney, and a project based on Neale Donald Walsch's "Conversations With God" books.
"We are excited to be working with Metafilmics, whose principals bring such an exciting vision of the new millennium, a director like Glebas, who obviously has experience melding fantasy with reality, and credits like `What Dreams May Come', to the production of `The Quantum Project'," offered Scott Sander, chief executive officer and president of Sightsound.com.
"We feel this is the latest example of the clear viability of the Internet as a safe, secure and quality viewing experience for filmed entertainment. Downloading from Sightsound.com ensures both ease of access and reliability.
"Both Metafilmics and the consumer can be assured that each download of Mr. Glebas' film will be the highest quality viewing experience available on the Internet."
Sightsound.com distributes movies on the Internet through digital download. In 1995, it was the first to offer music for download sale over the Internet; in 1999, it was the first to offer first-run, feature-length motion pictures for download sale over the Internet.
Engineer Arthur Hair and entrepreneur Sander founded Sightsound.com in 1995. The company found its roots in the mid-1980s, when Hair saw his first compact disc and recognized that there was a better way for digital movie and music delivery.
Hair went on to develop a method and system to electronically transfer to a consumer -- into the home, business or anywhere else -- digitally recorded video and audio as desired. In 1993, he obtained his first of two U.S. patents, joining with Sander two years later to establish Sightsound.com