The public relations team of Ginger Delgado and Sarah Maronn hit the gate running with a client that had some uncanny foresight.
The two have been selected to promote the horror film “Millennium,” starring “Octomom” Nadya Suleman, scheduled to be released on DVD this summer. If their efforts are successful, they hope to find a distributor willing to extend the movie for theatrical release and, at the same time, move their partnership in the right direction.
Maronn has lived in Douglas County for three years, the last two in Parker, after relocating to Colorado following a career in journalism. She knew one of the film’s two director/producers, Kevin Clark, from her college years studying broadcasting at the University of Southern California.
When Clark reached out to see if she could help him promote his film beyond the Los Angeles market, Maronn contacted Castle Rock resident Delgado through Delgado’s Twitter page. She recognized the name from Delgado’s years reporting the news in the Denver television market, and was intrigued that both had branched out into the public relations business.
An L.A. native, Delgado seemed the perfect choice for a partnership that could help create some buzz around “Millennium” from L.A. to the farther reaches of the U.S. They hope to raise some interest in the micro-budget film industry that defines Fubot Pictures, the company owned by Clark and his partner, Manzie Jones.
Their second film, “Buried Alive,” is coming out on DVD before “Millennium,” but Maronn and Delgado picked “Millennium” as their debut project because of Suleman’s name recognition. The infamy of the “Octomom” is the same reason she was the star of choice for the film’s creative team.
The “Millennium” storyline revolves around a virgin, Suleman, impregnated by a demon, Clark said.
“We liked the irony of having her in the starring role and so did she,” he said. “We were worried at first that (her fame) could be really disruptive during filming, but she showed up eager and gave it her all. She had the whole script memorized. She was gung ho, so that made life easier for us.”
Concerns about Suleman’s responsibilities for her brood of 14 children were unfounded, Clark said. While she would usually take a phone call between takes to provide dinner and child-care directions, she never missed a day of filming, he said.
Maronn and Delgado are focusing their efforts on promotion of the film and leaving Suleman’s promotion to her management team. If their message is successful, they hope other small filmmakers find their way to the Hollywood market, regardless of the startup numbers.
The micro-budget film industry can include movies made for as little as $5,000, Delgado said.
“They want to get the message out that you can make a movie for under $10,000 and get a distributor in this economy,” she said. “They want people to know they’re out here and other people can do it too.”