Louis C.K. wrote and directed the black and white film Tomorrow Night way back in 1998. On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12 Noon EST he’s putting it online.
The stand-up comedian, writer, actor, star of the FX comedy series Louie, and yacht owner worked the festival circuit years ago when he first made the flick, but was never able to find a distributor despite having what would now be considered an all-star cast. Recognizable names like Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, J.B. Smoove, Nick DiPaolo, and Conan O’Brien all make appearances in the film. Here’s the trailer:
Tomorrow Night will be available for a $5 download on Louis C.K.’s website in what is now a relatively commonplace distribution strategy that C.K. first popularized.
In late 2011, the Hollywood multi-hyphenate put his Louis C.K Live At the Beach Theater online with a $5 price tag. The comedy special went on to sell hundreds of thousands of downloads, make C.K. a profit in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and spawn a handful of startups that would help facilitate the self-distributed entertainment revolution.