“Papadopoulos & Sons,” an indie about a wealthy Anglo-Greek entrepreneur who loses everything in a banking crisis and has to start over again by opening a chip shop with his estranged brother, is finally getting a theatrical release in the US this October.
Teaming up with www.Gathr.us, director Marcus Markou is aiming to get the film on about 20 to 25 screens, with a focus on getting it out to the Greek communities in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, and Los Angeles, as well as other cities. People can sign up on the film’s website to find out where “Papadopoulos & Sons” will be playing at a theater near them.
“Gathr.us has tied up hundreds of independent screens across the USA,” says Markou. “Films are put on the website which ties in with social media. Once a screening reaches a certain amount of demand, then the film gets screened. So people gather to demand a screening. The cinemas love it because they won’t screen a film until a certain number of audience members commit to seeing the film.”
Markou, who Greek Reporter spoke to when “Papadopoulos & Sons” was just getting ready to make its rounds on the festival circuit, has received positive feedback from the film’s release in Greece, the UK, Germany, and in some areas of the US that it’s already screened. Playing at festivals in Seattle, Palm Springs and Washington DC, the film scored an enthusiastic review from the Hollywood Reporter, in which the critic noted, “audiences won’t be sorry they spent time with the Papadopoulos family, and they won’t forget [Stephen] Dillane’s expertly modulated performance.”
“Papadopoulos & Sons” released in Greece just before Christmas, in the UK in April, and recently in Germany (where it got to number two on the indie cinema charts). In the UK, the film was a surprise success because Markou self distributed it. It opened on just 12 screens, and had the second highest screen average that weekend, resulting in the film getting extended and eventually reaching 50 screens across the UK with a run for four weeks.
For more information, and to sign up for “Papadopoulos & Sons” to screen in your city, visit: http://www.papadopoulosandsons.com/screenings/