SANTA MONICA, CA— (November 1, 2011)- GoDigital Media Group, a leading entertainment media distribution and marketing company, announced today the release of the indie film, “Coals to Newcastle: The New Mastersounds, from Leeds to New Orleans” on iTunes. The title is a music documentary shot on location in Leeds, UK and New Orleans, LA, with live performances and commentary from several New Orleans master musicians.
GoDigital will distribute “Coals to Newcastle: The New Mastersounds, from Leeds to New Orleans” across all major digital destinations including iTunes, CinemaNow, Amazon, and YouTube Rentals. The title is now available for purchase on iTunes and YouTube.
“Coals to Newcastle,” created by Marca Hagenstad and Aaron Dunsay, screened in fifteen festivals in five countries. Its world premiere was the first documentary to hold the coveted Opening Night screening at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and it received the Top Prize at the 2011 Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival in Louisiana.
The film showcases the story of the British jazz group The New Mastersounds and their entrance into the American music scene. They have become a renoun international act who tour nonstop across the globe: this year hitting several major festivals including Gathering of The Vibes, Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, and Red Rocks in Denver, Colorado. The film is notable for its superb editing, emulating the style of the American funk and soul scene from the 60’s and 70’s, which the New Mastersounds have sonically breathed modern life into. The New Mastersounds’ drummer, Simon Allen, humorously comments, “Coals to Newcastle doesn’t just represent an amazing achievement in independent documentary making – somehow it also made our band appear really interesting and likeable.”
Barry Daffurn, Marketing Director at GoDigital, also remarks, “We are very excited to leverage this underexposed genre of music. We are confident that it will cause a lot of excitement.”
In a world experiencing times of conflict, this film offers a fresh optimistic perspective of extraordinary British talent honoring roots of American music and following their passion. As Peter Shand, bass player, is quoted in the film, “I think the world does need a bit of soul right now.”
About GoDigital Media Group:
GoDigital is an industry leader for the monetization of movie, television, and music assets in the digital space. Nearly 100 million homes around the world can access GoDigital content on dozens of digital retail platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu. GoDigital Media Group is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.
About Aaron Dunsay and Marca Hagenstad:
Aaron earned a degree in Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 and has been active in film production ever since. Marca Hagenstad studied film at the Documentary Cinema Institute in Denver and created Colfax Productions in 2004. Their passion for filmmaking and New Orleans were able to make “Coals to Newcastle,” their first completed film, possible.
Please watch the trailer here & for further information please visit the film website.