Sprouting Orchids (partially found Austin McConnell film; 2013-2014)
Sprouting Orchids is a 2013/2014 American science fiction mystery drama written, edited, and directed by YouTuber Austin McConnell.
Funding for the project was provided by eight people via Indiegogo and one angel donor, giving it a budget of $2,245. The principal photography took place between July 1st and August 20th, 2013. The first cut of the film was completed on September 18th, 2013 (which was initially supposed to be for the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals), and the final theatrical cut was completed on October 1st, 2013.
The film was not approved by Sundance or Slamdance and did not get distribution by a studio. However, it did tour some smaller film festivals (most notably the 2014 No Gloss Film Festival in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England), and received a brief theatrical run in the United Kingdom. On May 11th, 2014, it was screened at The Moxie Cinema in Springfield, Missouri. With how much the film made in the box office and on-demand, it barely broke even, but was not enough to cover production and distribution costs. This made the film a financial flop overall.
The film was put onto Amazon Prime Video and Vimeo On Demand for a year until it was pulled. In his video, "Five Reasons Why My First Movie Failed," McConnell said that there a few DVD copies of the film, one of which he has. As of March 3rd, 2020, only 2 trailers and various clips (through some of Austin's retrospective and other videos) are available to view for the public.
- Austin McConnell's YouTube channel. Retrieved 03 Mar '20
- IMDb page for Sprouting Orchids. Retrieved 03 Mar '20
- Austin McConnell's official website that has a page for Sprouting Orchids. Retrieved 03 Mar '20
- Austin McConnell retrospective video on Sprouting Orchids. Retrieved 03 Mar '20
- Another Austin McConnell video listing 5 reasons why his film failed. Retrieved 03 Mar '20