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Both of My Features Are Now For Sale, DRM-Free

For years now, the first question anyone asks me is often “how can I see your films?”—and for years, I haven’t had a good answer to that question. I was working on it. They’d “hopefully” be on Amazon or iTunes or Netflix or in a DVD box “pretty soon.” Now that a couple of years have passed, I find that when I get into these conversations “hopefully” has become “regretfully,” and “pretty soon” has turned into “someday.”

I got tired of waiting for Someday. More importantly, I got tired of waffling my way through so many conversations without providing any good answers. So as of today, I’m going to sell 720p downloads of both of my feature films (Hell Is Other People and The Glass Slipper) for $10 each, with no DRM. The files will be playable on pretty much any computer or device out there, and they ought to be pretty easy to stream onto your television (see below).

Let me try to anticipate a few questions you might like to ask about all of this:

Why DRM-free?

Because DRM sucks, and people who want to make copies will figure out how to do it anyway. I see no need to bind the paying viewers with an ugly set of handcuffs when the people who want to copy the film will pick the locks on those handcuffs immediately anyway. Yes, this means that if you buy a download, you can make numerous copies and put them on every gadget you own. There’s nothing stopping you from handing out copies to everyone you know.

All I ask is that you remember that making films is a lot of work, and yet the pay is already pretty lousy as it is. Just be fair. I trust you.

And yes, Louis CK’s experiment did influence my decision.

Why downloads instead of streams?

Quite simply, it’s a lot easier and more cost-effective for me—at least for the time being. I don’t want to share massive percentages of my revenue with Apple or Amazon, and I can’t afford to host my own streaming server. I’d love to offer streaming options, and at some point I hope I can find a way to make it work.

There are definitely ways to play the video on your TV, though, if you’re a little geeky. My personal solution is to run a Plex Media Server and then stream from there to a Roku. If you have an Apple TV, you can stream via AirPlay. There are other ways. If you have the right hardware, you probably already know how this works.


I want to thank everyone who has waited a long time to see these films. I’m really, really glad that the time to do this has finally come. Now go grab the files.

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"An existential nautilus shell wound as tightly as it is loose."

"HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE functions as a seeming farewell to a place where the vistas aren't as large as they might be."
--Richard von Busack, METRO SILICON VALLEY

"Deft portrait of morally decaying figures surrounded by that same urban decay in the rundown South."

"Whaley has launched a counter-movement [...] that now just needs a catchy name to spread like wildfire."

Director's Statement:

What is it about financial poverty that so often impoverishes the inner lives of those who suffer from it? Does the relationship even operate in this fashion, or does emotional poverty precede—even serve as a primary cause of, in some cases—the pecuniary variety? ... [This] is a private story whose movements could only be written by one man holding one camera.

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On Limitation:

Don’t get me wrong; I love Chattanooga. ... I have learned to make large things from small nothings. My resolve has been permanently strengthened. I have been taught to know what I want and to aim only for that[.]

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Director's Bio:

Jarrod Whaley is a Chattanooga, TN filmmaker who has, to this point, worked primarily with digital video. Whaley graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a double-major B.A. in English and French. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Shaking Ray Levi Society, a non-profit arts organization which has been bringing non-traditional creative work (such as improvised music, video, film, and performance arts) to Chattanooga, TN and elsewhere for over 20 years. In 2005, Whaley was one of several individuals appointed to the Chattanooga Film Commission by Mayor Ron Littlefield.