Man from Earth producer thanks pirates.

November 13th, 2007 by Jarmo Puskala

Jerome Bixby’s Man from Earth

According to TorrentFreak the lates member of the “getting this internet thing” club is Erik Wilkinson, producer of the scifi film Man from Earth. He just thanked pirates for promoting his Film:

Wilkinson was pleasantly surprised by all the attention. He explained in his email to RLSlog that the people who illegally downloaded his film actually helped to promote it.

He writes: “Our independent movie had next to no advertising budget and very little going for it until somebody ripped one of the DVD screeners and put the movie online for all to download. Most of the feedback from everyone who has downloaded “The Man From Earth” has been overwhelmingly positive. People like our movie and are talking about it, all thanks to piracy on the net!”

Hopefully the other producers (IMDb lists six) and the crew are as understanding. It’s not a fun situation for anyone if half the people get the benefits of online distribution but the people holding the other half of the money thinks all this downloading humbug is the Devil’s work.

As for me, this is one film that goes straight to my have-to-watch list. Not because of a producer who knows the value of good publicity, but because it sounds damn interesting.

Update: There’s also a message to people who have downloaded the film on their MySpace blog, asking people to make a small donation if they liked the film. There is some harsher words there, but it’s still reasoanable.

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5 Responses to “Man from Earth producer thanks pirates.”

  1. Eleazar says:

    Downloaded the movie a while back- and liked it.
    Sent then a little something too.

  2. Esko says:

    Man from Earth is on my buy list, it’s an excellent movie and I suggest everyone to go spend a few euros/dollars on it. Just read the synopsis from imdb in advance so that you know what to expect in a sense.

  3. Eskola says:

    Just watch this and damn… that was a really good movie. So here’s another vote for a must see movie.

  4. Yep, watched it too and it was really good. I’ve been meaning to writea review, but I’ve had a lot of excuses for not doing it. Like this moving stuff, kaamos and everything.

  5. What’s wrong with a little sharing among friends, right?

    All kidding aside…

    I want to say THANK YOU for reposting this story. This film has been a labor of love for us for years and it’s great to see people reposting this story and talking about it. I hope you guys will pick up a copy fo the DVD.

    For those who have seen “Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth”, please, head on over to our IMDb message board at: and post your wonderful comments. You can also “rate” the film and post a review.

    Check out our website at and send us a “friend request” at (if you have a myspace page).

    Thanks again.


    Eric D. Wilkinson
    Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth