Sometimes when you want to make a movie you just have to make it happen yourself, and that’s exactly what married actors Mark Webber and Teresa Palmer did with their latest feature, The Ever After. They star as Thomas and Ava, a happy couple living in Los Angeles who eventually find themselves struggling to keep their marriage from falling apart.
Webber and Palmer wrote the script together. The Ever After also marks Webber’s third directorial endeavor. Their plan is to release the film on Valentine’s Day via the direct-to-consumer platform VHX. The Ever After premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year and didn’t come out with the greatest reviews, or many at all for that matter, so some might suspect the streaming/HD DRM-free download approach is a result of little interest from distributors, but Webber and Palmer insist that it was their choice to go this route:
“We are standing alongside other revolutionary artists resisting the urge to go with corporate distribution companies. We are redefining what it means to be independent and giving you the film straight from the artist to your screen.”
If you head on over to theeveraftermovie.com you can pre-order the movie for a minimum of $10, but it also gives you the option to pay as much as $210 for the film with this little note – “Pay $10 or more for The Ever After. you’re supporting a movement.” Perhaps there is something noble about this approach, but I’d be curious to know if Palmer and Webber actually manage to get themselves into the black by doing this.
Based on this new The Ever After trailer, it does seem to be worth at least the $10 for the performances alone. The material’s got a great raw, honest feel to it and also makes me think this could finally be the film that shows us what Palmer is capable of. She’s fine in movies like Warm Bodies and even forgettable nonsense like I Am Number Four, but her character work in this is clearly on another level.
Here’s the synopsis for The Ever After:
Ava and Thomas live–to outside eyes–the good life, complete with a child and a lovely home in Los Angeles, but something is lost. Ava has placed her acting career on hold to play the mother and good wife, while Thomas’ job as a fashion photographer puts him in dangerously tempting situations. When trauma strikes, they must confront their innermost vulnerabilities to recover their disintegrating marriage.