After many false starts, Outsourced will be released theatrically all over India on January 2nd. It's a nice way to kick off the new year. We don't have all the details on screening locations but it should be playing at multiplexes in all of the Major cities. Tell your friends and family in India and Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
CinemaVault has been rolling Outsourced out in theaters across Canada. Here are some of the dates and a link to the CinemaVault website:
Toronto ON - Now Playing - Carlton Cinemas
Calgary AB - Now Playing - Uptown Stage & Screen
Edmonton AB - December 12 - Princess Theatre
Ottawa ON - December 12 - Bytowne Theatre
Kitchener Waterloo ON - December 12 - Princess Cinema
London ON - December 19 - Hyland Theatre
Outsourced continues to play venues across the US and abroad, most recently winning the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Montezuma International Film Festival in Costa Rica.
We have also heard that January 2nd has become our release date in India. Still no word on the UK.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
If you missed OUTSOURCED on the big screen in Seattle, you'll get another chance this week when it plays at Seattle's only pizza & beer movie theater, Central Cinema , September 18th- 25th. For directions and screening times go HERE.
Director and co-writer, John Jeffcoat, will be on hand FRIDAY night at the 7pm screening to introduce the film and chat over a cold brew and some tasty pizza. Don't miss out!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Outsourced ranked #1 in the Netflix most watched instant downloads last week but it is still not available in Blockbuster or Walmart. If you buy or rent movies from either of these places be sure to request Outsourced and ask them why they don't carry it.
Aside from Netflix you can find Outsourced on Amazon.com, Hollywood Video, Target, Best Buy, and many other independent video stores.
For right now, the only place to buy the soundtrack is still www.outsourcedthemovie.com
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Seattle-based director and co-writer John Jeffcoat researched what life is like on the other end of the phone by visiting call centers in Bangalore and by collecting stories from a source who does training for Microsoft.Read the entire USA Today column HERE
One of Jeffcoat's initial aims was to excite Americans about investigating other cultures, but he's been surprised by the attention the film has drawn in the business world and academia.
"I spoke recently at the University of Washington to a group of business students who are about to go to India," Jeffcoat says. "And ShadowCatcher (the film's independent production company) has been producing a curriculum to send to schools because there was an interest in it."The movie also caught the eye of NBC. Jeffcoat is currently co-writing a pilot for a TV version, which he's billing as a global workplace comedy featuring ex-pats from different companies working under one Indian call-center roof.
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Outsourced is now available on DVD throughout the US on Netflix, Amazon.com and other retail and video stores nationwide. If your local video store is not carrying it, tell them to get it! This DVD includes several bonus features previously unavailable including:
- Director, Producer, actor commentary
- Storyboard to Film comparison
- Interview with director John Jeffcoat
- "What did they say" scene translations
- Behind-the-scenes documentary
- "Holi" music Video
If you still have your heart set on seeing it on the big screen, check www.outsourcedthemovie.com for theatrical locations. There are still a number of theaters that will be screening the film through September.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Outsourced will begin its Canadian theatrical release this weekend. Reviews from Toronto and Vancouver papers are below.
By Ken Eisner
Publish Date: August 28, 2008
Starring Josh Hamilton and Ayesha Dharker. Rated PG. Opens Friday, August 29, at the Ridge Theatre
Outsourced, a culture-clash comedy that hits almost everything right, manages to make sharp points about the harshness of globalization without losing sight of the individuals affected by economic ebb and flow.
Kicking and Screaming’s Josh Hamilton is a perfect Everyguy for the role of Todd Anderson, a mid-level telemarketing manager whose world is literally upended when his Pacific Northwest company is suddenly out-you-know-whatted to India, and he’s sent there to supervise the new call centre. Naturally, Todd—dubbed Mr. Toad by everyone he meets in a more rustic town near Bombay—is flabbergasted by the way things work, or don’t. Wandering cows, errant electricity, unfamiliar toilets, and too many family photos in the cubicle are just some of the things soon freaking him out.
Cynical Yank that he is, Todd isn’t entirely closed to new experiences, especially when they come attached to the centre’s best worker, vivacious Asha (Ayesha Dharker). With her giant eyes, razor wit, and mile-wide smile, she undoes some of his assumptions, but the script, by Seattle-based director John Jeffcoat and writer-producer George Wing (50 First Dates), doesn’t depend on the romantic angle to get everything across. And the comedy doesn’t blunt its message about corporate greed, which places cheap labour above all other values. (It would never occur to Todd’s boss, amusingly played by Matt Smith, that there are moral issues attached to any of his checkbook decisions.)
In the end, the good-looking Outsourced steals our hearts with a view of India, and the changing world, that is neither starry-eyed nor overly condescending, even if the outcome is predictable. Come to think of it, this movie is so good, I’ll take two.
Take this call
by Glenn Sumi
NOW Rating NNNNN (equivalent to 4 stars)
Movies with great premises usually begin well, then lose steam. Not this one.
Todd (Josh Hamilton) manages a call centre for a company that produces kitschy Americana. When the operation is outsourced to India, he’s forced to move there to train his replacements to take calls and sound like Yanks.
What ensues is part culture-clash comedy, part critique of global exploitation and (sounds cheesy but it’s not) part romantic comedy.
The script is fresh and lively, never more so than in a montage featuring Indians quoting scenes from famous U.S. movies. Boy-next-door Hamilton (Kicking And Screaming, The Bourne Identity) shows lots of comic charm, and Ayesha Dharker as his feisty protege has a smile that could light up Bombay.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Outsourced is a clever, sweet, and surprisingly hilarious movie that uses lighthearted humor and charm to win over just about anyone in need of a carefree movie experience. The combination of likable characters, modest humor, and a cute love story make for a purely enjoyable romantic comedy. With more comedy than romance, the film easily overcomes being predicable and cliched. Director John Jeffcoat has a fondness for his characters and simply guides them in the right direction every step of the way. Not only is it a hugely enjoyable film, but also a beautifully rendered love story.And...
LINK to complete review
The acting is all quite good. Josh Hamilton hits all the right notes as Todd while he has great chemistry with Ayesha Dharker's Asha. These two really hold down the core of the film. First time feature director John Jeffcoat, who also co-wrote the script with George Wing, directs their performances to great effect. Jeffcoat does a fine job with the material, which is shot beautifully by Teodoro Maniaci.The DVD can also be pre-ordered on Amazon.com.
LINK to complete review
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Here's a review excerpt from the INDY Weekly which gave Outsourced four stars and called it "the year's best romantic comedy by far." Outsourced opens Friday, July 11th in Durham at the Galaxy Cinemas:
Outsourced is a romantic comedy that is actually funny—but not in the unfunny potty gags and sexual humiliation we associate with Steve Carell and Mike Myers. Instead, writer-director John Jeffcoat must write from bemused experience, as he shows Todd's initial alarm at chaos and poverty dissolving as he understands the vibrant social connectedness that makes his American wealth, computer solitaire games and estrangement from his parents seem meaningless compared to India's occasionally baffling but enfolding embrace. —Laura Boyes
Read the entire review HERE
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Outsourced will make it's French premiere as the closing night film at the Festival International Cinema & Costume De Moulins-sur-Allier which takes place June 26th-29th.
You'll find all of the details HERE
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Buy an Outsourced DVD and you'll be entered to win a trip to Goa, India. You can also send a LIVE singing telegram from India over the phone to your friends!
Click HERE for details.
You can also spread the word on Facebook by clicking on the 'join' icon in the bottom left corner of the video below.
Monday, May 12, 2008
I spent this past weekend as a guest at the Dreamago Screenwriters retreat in Switzerland. Outsourced was screened to open the week-long workshop of international writers. The goal of the organization is to "help develop, support and promote films that make a difference." Stephen Frears was their guest last year and it was an honor to be there with Outsourced this year.
Pascale Rey's passion for Dreamago and the wonderful people that help support her vision make the organization something very unique and exciting. I would encourage anyone with a screenplay in English, French or Spanish to submit to one of their programs. http://www.dreamago.com
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Outsourced opened to the second highest per screen average after Hollywood blockbuster "21." Danke to all our German fans, and please continue to spread the word!Exciting news and hopefully this will be the start of the Outsourced European tour!
OUTSOURCED German Trailer from Strangelife on Vimeo.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
For those of you who speak German or just like to watch people speak German, check out this link to a popular German news show that Intervewed director John Jeffcoat and actor Josh Hamilton while they were in Berlin, Germany for the Premiere of Outsourced.
GERMAN TV INTERVIEW
Posted by John Jeffcoat at 10:03 PM
Outsourced releases in theaters across Germany this weekend. Thanks to everyone who helped out with our premiere on the 9th, it was a great introduction to Berlin!
Outsourced Premiere in Berlin from Strangelife on Vimeo.
Posted by John Jeffcoat at 2:59 PM
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Outsourced will open in theaters across Germany tomorrow. We attended the premiere in Berlin tonight to a wonderful response. Thank you to everyone who attended. Josh and I had a great time and are excited to spend another night on the town tomorrow!
Video to come soon...
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
A big thank you to everyone who attended our screening in Ashland, Oregon tonight. We had a great sell-out at the Varsity and such a wonderfully warm reception.
We're screening again Saturday night and George and I will be back for a Q & A after the screening (there will be an additional screening on Monday). Stay tuned for a short video blog from our trip to Ashland. It's been a great trip so far! Also had a chance to catch the great new film from our friend Lynn Shelton, "My Effortless Brilliance", and a fascinating documentary by my old roommate Glenn Thomas called "An Ideal World" about the virtual world 'Second Life.'
Great vegetarian Sheppard's Pie at the Black Sheep!!! Almost as good as my wife's.
Pictures and Video to follow....
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
On April 10th Outsourced will hit theaters in Germany. Our German friends have been busy dubbing the film in German in preperation for the release and for a sample of their handiwork check out the German-language trailer and website here: German Website
There will be a German premiere in Berlin on April 9th. Actor Josh Hamilton (Todd Anderson) and director / co-writer John Jeffcoat will be there for the event. Stay tuned for more details and photos from the event!
Monday, March 3, 2008
Tuesday, March 4th director John jeffcoat will be a guest on Darek Mazzone's world music show WOPOP, on Seattle's greatest radio station KEXP. If you're in Seattle you can tune in a 7pm at 90.3 on the FM dial. For those of you outside Seattle you can tune in on the internet at KEXP.org. The show will also be archived on the website in case you miss it live.
Jeffcoat will be playing his favorite tracks from the Outsourced soundtrack including other songs that inspired the soundtrack and Bollywood favorties!
Posted by John Jeffcoat at 11:05 AM
Friday, February 22, 2008
Behind-the-Scenes of Outsourced Webisode #3 "Personal Space"
Posted by John Jeffcoat at 1:36 PM
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
If you live in the Seattle area, you've got another chance to see Outsourced on the big screen. Friday, January 18th we opened at the Totem Lake Cinemas in Kirkland.
12232 Totem Lake Way, Kirkland 98034
Check their website for dates and times:
The theater specializes in Indian Films and is the only theater in the area that sells chai and samosas in the concession stand!
The run is scheduled through the next few weeks.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Yes, it's true. Heath Ledger has great taste in movies. He was recently spotted with his new girlfriend attending a screening of 'Outsourced' in Perth, Australia as reported in Life & Style Weekly Magazine.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Outsourced will screen as the opening night film of the Spokane International Film Festival on February 7th at 7pm.
For More information see their official website HERE
More US film festival dates will be announced soon.
Posted by John Jeffcoat at 8:18 PM
Sunday, January 6, 2008
by William s Arnold, Seattle P.I.
The dawn of the Seattle film industry: For all the indie filmmaking activity Seattle has spawned over the past three decades, the sad truth is that, until this year, the city had never produced a homegrown film that has made any noticeable impact on the larger movie world. But in '07, two Seattle films earned national distribution: "Zoo" and "Outsourced." The latter, which won the top prize at this year's SIFF, was the more significant because it was an inspired romantic comedy that was as entertaining as anything the studios had to offer in the same release period, and thus could compete with Hollywood on its own terms. Its producers' decision to turn down Miramax's distribution offer and self-release the film in partnership with chains around the country also created a template that has the potential to break the tyranny of the distributor and change the way indie films reach the public.
Read there complete article HERE
Posted by John Jeffcoat at 9:35 PM