Why do the ARIZONA DREAM tickets cost so much?
Ok, so I had a blog about the change in our ticket prices to basically whatever you can pay, and now I come along and charge $9 in advance for ARIZONA DREAM. You are all perfectly justified in saying: "what gives?"
We're getting ARIZONA DREAM from Warner Brothers and the guarantee is $350. That means I've already had to pay out of my meager (read almost imperceptible) budget $350 to them, and because it's a 35mm print (hurrah!!), I also pay shipping charges of $212.26 to DHL (I have no idea how they come up with that number). Running a print also means that I need a qualified projectionist, and then there's all the other costs associated with opening our doors.
I'm telling you all of this because I want to be transparent about where the money goes. Just because it's a great and unusual film, I'm not trying to jack the prices up to an unreasonable amount so that I can become RICH, I tell you, RICH beyond my wildest dreams! No, even with the higher ticket prices, we'll still be doing the same old Clinton Street struggle shuffle.
I do care that everyone has the opportunity to see this great film, so if the ticket price is a problem for you, we can work something out. There's a movement out there called time banking, where time dollars can be spent for stuff. We're showing a documentary about it on October 5th. I think you earn time dollars doing whatever it is that you do best, you spend them with me for a ticket, and then I, in turn, can use them for jobs I need done, like painting or carpentry or the like.
If nothing else, you can always help out by picking up beer cans after the show or taking tickets or giving stamps or something. Just please don't stay away because of the ticket price. We're a community of crazy film loving freaks, and let's keep it that way.