sound of freedom has collected $155 million in the US, having exceeded the expectations of large blockbusters as Indiana Jones and the dial of fate either Mission Impossible: Deadly Judgment – Part 1. Its box office has been so amazing that Against the Current Films has acquired the distribution rights in Spain, where the next October 11th, without otherwise having been spared severe scrutiny. And it is that, so to speak, the exhibition model of the film is very irregular.
sound of freedom has been produced by Angel Studiosa company of what is known as equity crowdfunding. That is, it allows individual patrons to help raise money to produce and distribute their work, so that as investors they can access a certain return or lose money if it doesn’t work. The company, whose CEO is Neal Harmonis having a good streak, because in addition to sound of freedom It is behind the The Chosen: a successful series about Jesus Christ who recently achieved exemption from SAG-AFTRA to continue filming with its actors in full strike.
The fact is that Angel Studios is also behind the strategy Pay It Forward, which allows fans of the film to pay more money for a ticket or finance the purchase of a ticket for someone else: even if those tickets don’t reach anyone, they still count as revenue. This is what has ostensibly contributed to the success of sound of freedomencouraged by conspiratorial movements dating back to QAnon and that they have already gone through ensuring that the chain AMC is trying to stop people from seeing the film.
sound of freedom is based on true events and centers on a US government agent against a sex trafficking ring. Its protagonist is Jim Caviezel, a declared follower of QAnon and therefore of that conspiracy theory according to which the US is prey to a large-scale pedophilia network commanded by the Democratic elites. And for all this, a piece of news that has been echoed in recent hours is so disturbingly ironic Newsweek: one of the investors of sound of freedom He has been arrested for kidnapping minors.
The controversy grows even darker
martha fabiana 51-year-old resident of Chesterfield, Missouri, was arrested on July 21 charged with felony child kidnapping. Specifically, of “carrying a minor under 14 years of age without the consent of their parents. The kidnapping of minors is a crime of A class in the state of Missouri, with which Marta faces sentences of 10 years or life in prison, having been released on probation three days later with a bail of $15,000. Marta, to be exact, describes herself as one of the “angel investors” of sound of freedom.
It was, in fact, one of the more than 6,000 people who jointly invested $5 million in Angel Studios’ marketing campaign, and his name appears in the long credits of the film. In theory, all these investors could help with a maximum of $501, although Angel Studios has not officially revealed how much Marta’s help amounted to. Because, as is logical, the producer has already been dotted with scandal, although Harmon’s first reaction as leader was to dismiss the incident as “nuisance”.
In a matter of hours, as the news spread and the entire project of sound of freedom It could well start to lose credibility, its policy has changed. Harmon has published a statement defending the process of gestation of sound of freedom, and mysteriously waiting for justice to be done. “Angel Studios complied with the requirements of federal and state laws and regulations by allowing 6,678 people invested an average of $501 each in the launch of Sound of Freedom”.
“Just as anyone can invest in the stock market, anyone who meets the legal criteria can invest in Angel Studios projects. One of the advantages of investing was the possibility of appearing in the credits”, explains Harmon. “We are very grateful to the brave law enforcement who have already detained dozens of dealers In the weeks after the premiere of sound of freedom. Our film speaks to this widespread problem throughout the world, so we hope that the culprits will be brought to justice, whoever they are, and that more and more people watch the film to raise awareness.”
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