I was pretty taken aback over the weekend when FrightFest's Alan Jones blogged that Kaboom -- Gregg Araki's latest -- was pulled out of the festival. According to Jones' blog, he was told that the filmmaker didn't want it playing at the fest because he didn't want the film seen by a "bunch of geeks."

It was a shocking quote that didn't seem true, and according to the filmmaker himself, there's no truth to the statements. Araki has issued a release asserting: "I would NEVER call anyone who wants to see any film of mine 'a bunch of geeks.'" He continues: "I've never spoken or corresponded with Alan Jones and I'm stunned he would put words in my mouth that I never said."

To be fair, Jones said that his people were told that Araki said these things, and made sure to include the word "alleged." I don't know if that was just a way to safeguard griping about the fact that the Araki camp deciding to pull the movie from the lineup, or if someone in Araki's camp erroneously spoke for the filmmaker. Whatever the case -- Araki insists that he's grateful for each and every fan, and you can read his statement after the jump.

FROM GREGG ARAKI

In light of the controversy surrounding the withdrawal of my film Kaboom from London's FrightFest this past weekend, I wanted to set the record straight. Alan Jones' inflammatory story claiming I deemed the movie too good for a "bunch of geeks" is a complete fabrication. I would NEVER call anyone who wants to see any film of mine "a bunch of geeks." I've never spoken or corresponded with Alan Jones and I'm stunned he would put words in my mouth that I never said. This kind of blatant and willful misrepresentation is not only damaging to my reputation, it's hurtful to my fans so I take this offense very seriously. As anyone who's seen my movies would know, I'm a cinema geek and genre fan myself - and in fact I have two projects I'm currently developing which are, yes, straight up horror genre films.

As an indie director, I never take any fan of mine for granted and am grateful for each and every one. The only part of this sordid saga that's true is that Kaboom was unfortunately removed from the FrightFest lineup. That decision was made after careful consideration by myself, the other producers, the financiers and upon the advise of friends who work in distribution. The sad fact of the matter is it's becoming harder and harder to make and distribute truly independent films in the current marketplace. Getting your film out there to audiences is more difficult than ever and requires careful planning and strategy. Fan buzz-generating screenings like FrightFest are of course amazing and great fun to do but they're normally slotted closer to a film's theatrical release date as part of an orchestrated marketing effort. Our foremost concern right now is what's best for Kaboom overall and how to parlay the movie's amazing debut in Cannes into the widest distribution possible. As to why the film was pulled so late, I wasn't even told of its inclusion in the festival till a little over a week ago (sorry but I don't google myself or my films on a regular basis and have no staff or assistants to keep me updated on stuff like that).

Finally to everyone who was eager to see Kaboom on Sunday night, I sincerely apologize and believe me, I'm just as excited for you all to see it. I'm super proud of the movie -- everyone involved really put their heart and soul into it -- and I truly hope there's a chance to see it there in the UK soon!
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