Hollywood, CA (July 31, 2013): The producer’s of “Little Big Top” announce today that it is now streaming on Amazon Prime. The feature was originally released in 2008 to a limited, national theatrical engagement. In early 2013 it began streaming nationwide on Netflix. Several months later “Little Big Top” survived the platform’s much publicized purge of over 2000 titles. The film stars legendary horror film actor Sid Haig, Jacob Zachar and Mel England, and was directed by Ward Roberts.
“It’s so awesome ‘Little Big Top’ is streaming on Amazon Prime, especially after we made the Netflix cut!” says England, who plays the ubiquitous town drunk and the comedic foil to Haig’s character. England, known on both stage and screen, was acclaimed for the international tour of his Off Broadway one-man show “Swimming with the Polar Bears” which he also performed at the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen.
Streaming indie projects on platforms such as Netflix and Amazon is proving more difficult lately. With the wild success of Kevin Spacey’s Netflix original series “House of Cards,” the company and its competitors are shifting focus to streaming original content and studio films. Therefore, streaming is quickly becoming a coveted status for indie filmmakers. “Now millions of people can discover ‘Little Big Top,’” said the film’s director Ward Roberts. “At no other time and place in the history of cinema could a tiny, unknown film like ours reach that kind of audience.”
As Indie film distribution enters a new era, Roberts is a pioneer. “Little Big Top” started as a standard theatrical limited distribution with DVD release and a standard mail order rental on Netflix. However, for Roberts, getting the film to streaming is the result of a several years of work. His latest feature “Dust Up” starring Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) premiered in 2012 on iTunes as one of the top downloads. Simultaneously available on Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Vudu, it also had a theatrical release in various US cities via TUGG, the social networking site. It is currently in negotiation for worldwide distribution.
Haig, a veteran star of screen and TV for over 40 years, is mainly known to horror film fans as Captain Spaulding in the Rob Zombie films “House of a 1000 Clowns” and “The Devil’s Rejects.” Normally cast in horror genre films, in ‘Little Big Top,’ Haig takes on a part with a touching side, a sad down-and-out circus clown trying to return to his small hometown. England ends, “Sid Haig gives the performance of his career — now his fans everywhere will have another chance to catch it.” .
ABOUT LITTLE BIG TOP
“Little Big Top” is about an aging out of work clown returns to his small hometown, resigned to spend the rest of his days in a drunken stupor. But when his passion for clowning is reawakened by the local amateur circus he finds his smile. “Little Big Top” stars legendary horror film actor Sid Haig, Jacob Zachar and Mel England and was written and directed by Ward Roberts. For more information please visit www.littlebigtopmovie.com.
ABOUT MEL ENGLAND
England stars in the title role in the fall 2013 release “ Ron and Laura Take Back America” co-starring Golden Globe Best Actress Nominee Irene Bedard and Jim J. Bullock. He will co-star in “Love Anonymous” with Academy Award Best Actress Nominee and Golden Globe Winner Sally Kirkland, which is in preproduction. England starred in 2012′s “Persona Au Gratin,” winner of Best Comedy at IndieFest LA, and also in “Highlights,” Best Drama Nominee, in the Moviefone Short Film Festival. On the New York stage he’s appeared Off Broadway in “Swimming with the Polar Bears” and with the Pearl Theatre in “Hecuba,” “Marriage” and “The Imaginary Invalid.” England starred in the New York and Los Angeles premieres of Israel Horovitz’s one-man play about September 11th, “3 Weeks After Paradise”, benefiting children of WTC victims. Notable productions include “Lucky Man” (Best Acting Ensemble Award, NY Fringe), “A Shayna Maidel” (Best Play of the Year, Denver), and he was a proud part of the original New York productions of Chris Sanderson’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Sea Monkeys” by Tony Nominee Chad Beguelin, “The Honeysuckles” (developed for television by FOX), and “King of Connecticut” with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. For more information visit www.melengland.com.
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