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ARROW Announces April Lineup, Goes to the Heart of Filmmaking

London, UK – Arrow Video is excited to announce the April 2021 lineup of their new subscription-based ARROW platform, available to subscribers in the US, Canada and the UK.

The April lineup is anchored by the April 19 release of Justin McConnell’s Clapboard Jungle. “An insightful and engaging look at the trials and tribulations of indie genre filmmaking” (Daily Dead), Clapboard Jungle follows filmmaker Justin McConnell through five years of getting his latest feature off the ground, warts and all. McConnell enlisted an impressive number of directors and producers to share their ups and downs, including Guillermo del Toro, Mick Garris, Paul Schrader, Lloyd Kaufman, George Romero, Frank Henenlotter, Heather Buckley, Jovanka Vuckovic, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, Travis Stevens, Izzy Lee and Graham Skipper, among others. Clapboard Jungle streams on ARROW in the US and the UK, while only the extras for the feature will be available in Canada.

Head over to ARROW to start your 30-day free trial. Subscriptions are available for $4.99 monthly or $49.99 yearly. ARROW is available in the US, Canada and the UK on the following Apps/devices: Roku (all Roku sticks, boxes, devices, etc), Apple TV & iOS devices, Android TV and mobile devices, Fire TV (all Amazon Fire TV Sticks, boxes, etc), and on all web browsers at https://www.arrow-player.com.

ARROW Stories will be home to a host of over 50 exclusive extras for Clapboard Jungle, including short films, deleted scenes almost 30 extended interviews with filmmakers.

April 1 will see the arrival of Justin McConnell’s Skull WorldDeath Has Blue EyesSwitchblade Sisters and ARROW heads to Japan for the Takeshi Kitano Collection, featuring Violent Cop and Boiling Point.

April 5 ARROW Essentials: Westerns will debut with Django and Django, Prepare a Coffin as focus releases.

The Official Trailer for ARROW April Line Up


April 9 sticks to the behind-the-scenes theme with Keeping it Reel, documentaries that take audiences behind the curtain of making and releasing indie genre films, home grown horror and more. Titles include: VHS Lives!,Nightmares in Red White and Blue and That Guy Dick Miller.

April 12 serves up gristle and gore on the menu as ARROW debuts Bad Meat and Slaughterhouse alongside a collection of early shorts from Clapboard Jungle director Justin McConnell featuring Damned Selfie, Open Invitation and Cat, Lover.

April 16 brings audiences Marina Sargenti’s demonic Mirror Mirror and a second collection of shorts – Do you See What I See? and Soul Contact – from Justin McConnell. Also coming in April: Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship and Videotape and Video Tape Nasties: Draconian Days. 

ARROW Essentials curates collections based on genre, decades and themes; and ARROW Stories takes a fresh look at the world of film and TV with exclusive documentaries, interviews and video essays diving deeper into the many curated seasons and titles on the platform for a richer and deeper viewing experience. With a slickly designed and user-friendly interface and an unparalleled roster of quality content from westerns to giallo to Asian cinema, trailers, Midnight Movies, filmmaker picks and much, much more, ARROW is the place to go for the very best in on-demand entertainment.

Navigating the current film business is more difficult than ever before. Rapidly changing technology and an overcrowded marketplace have led to an industry in which anyone can now make a film, but few can make a living.

Following five years in the life and career of independent filmmaker Justin McConnell (Lifechanger), this documentary explores the struggles of financing, attracting the right talent, working with practical effects and selling the finished product in the hope of turning a profit. Featuring interviews with a range of industry luminaries – including Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak), Sid Haig (Spider Baby), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Mick Garris (“The Stand”), Dick Miller (Matinee), Tom Holland (Fright Night) and George A. Romero (The Crazies), alongside a host of others – not only are technical aspects and interpersonal skills discussed but also the emotional stamina and little-known tips needed to survive in the low budget film industry.

A warts-and-all exploration of what it takes to get a film made and released, Clapboard Jungle serves as a survival guide for the modern independent filmmaker and offers a fascinating insight into a side of the industry with which few are likely to be familiar.


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