The coronavirus pandemic has caused the film market to rethink to the point that it brought forward the scope of streaming by five years to see premieres in digital cinemas.
This conversation arose on Monday when the Dominican filmmaker and consul in Los Angeles Alfonso Rodríguez announced that through his platform Pelidom.com 10 ticket offices are available for the simultaneous release of films.
In other words, 10 online movie theaters will be opened to watch Dominican premieres without having to subscribe to the aforementioned platform.
We all love the magic of cinema. Although streaming and the traditional are coexisting, there are others who think that movie theaters are going to disappear. In this they agree without fear Alfonso Rodriguez and Angel Muñiz.
“For me the cinemas will have the luck of circuses, there will be very few left. Unfortunately they’re going to disappear, it’s the industry.” predicts the prominent creator to DL.
The director of “Thieves at Home” (2008) argues that just as cable, VHS, DVD, Blu Ray, traditional movie theaters “are finally going to disappear.”
He says with regret that film labs are discontinued, in addition to celluloid manufacturers, “it’s an industry, it’s unfortunate, but it’s the industry,” he reiterates.
Alfonso Rodriguez: “It’s devastating”
“Just as celluloid cinema changed to digital, that millennial generation and generation z (is changing) movie theaters. I think they don’t want to go to the movies anymore, they want to see all their content at home. And it’s even worse, it’s not that they want to watch movies, they want to watch series,” the film director told this newspaper.
He says this business is turning upside down every corner.
“It’s not just that we can’t make the traditional hour-and-a-half cinema, that generation wants to watch series.”
Alfonso Rodriguez not only defines the outlook as discouraging, but as “a funeral.”
“It’s unfortunate but the movie theaters are going to close. They’re going to be a thing of the past. It’s going to be open to see big big movies with big budgets, but small movies, stories, with good actors are all going to streaming,” he reflects.
The executive vice president of Larimar Films, Elsa Turull, is aware of the situation of the industry, but recognizes the impact of digital and says there is a transition.
It aspires to maintain both formats to enjoy cinema: the traditional on the big screen and the digital on any device. “There is an accelerated transition caused by the pandemic. There is a generation that grew up different from me. I have children aged 21, 18 and a 9-year-old girl. The 9-year-old grew up rotating the screen,” turull says.
Film investment figures
No matter what format you see it in, Creole cinema continues to grow. About his work, the Dominican consul in L.A. predicts that the goal is to achieve 400 million dollars a year in film investment. So far they are between 80 and 100 million, and proof of this are some films that were filmed in the Dominican Republic this year such as “Shotgun wedding” starring Jennifer Lopez or “Lost City of D” with Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt and Channing Tatum.
Last April he reported that thanks to the presence of foreign actors filming Hollywood productions here, more than 200 million dollars have entered the Dominican Republic.
With a collage-like image with the faces of Vin Diesel, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lopez, Mark Wahlberg, Lenny Kravitz and Josh Duhamel, who recorded films in the country, Rodriguez sent a hint to those who question the 108-10 Film Law.
On the cutting edge of Pelidom.com, the owner of the streaming platform manfiesta: “That’s the future of film distribution. It was started by Disney Plus and it did very well. You don’t have to be a partner of the Pelidom platform, you just look for the different releases, you buy the ballot in that room, you watch the film for a period of three days.”
Of his proposals, Ángel Muñiz anticipates that he is working on his recent film “Juego de hombres”, which goes to festivals first and then to streaming.