The company that organized a group of mostly Millennial aged couples — full-time RVers and YouTube influencers — to produce a documentary that glorified a nomadic RV lifestyle, has folded and its future activities cancelled.
Several members of EPIC Nomad Life community that starred in the movie had recently left the group.
The movie that was highly-touted by its producers ended up with mediocre views on YouTube rather than showing in theaters. “The movie ran over budget and created a negative financial scenario that we unfortunately have never been able to come back from,” the company announced yesterday on its website.
Here’s the message:
Friends and fellow nomads,
In 2018 we produced an incredible documentary that depicts much of the mindset driving the full time RV movement. The 82-minute movie, now watched more than 150,000 times on YouTube and Vimeo, was premiered at the sold out NomadFEST 2018. It was an event to be proud of. And a movie product that represented some of the best work many of us have ever been involved in.
It was also one of the most difficult years many of us have ever experienced. The movie ran over budget and created a negative financial scenario that we unfortunately have never been able to come back from. We felt this enormous financial pressure after NomadFEST last October. The demand was out there for more content like this, and for another event to follow it. While we could have thrown in the towel in November, we knew that the first movie and event were seemingly impossible, yet we accomplished them both. So we decided to give it a go. There was and is so much more to the powerful story of the RV Nomad and we wanted to share it.
It was a huge risk. Couple that with the fact that we made the first movie available for free so that as many people as possible could experience it and we suddenly found ourselves in a terrible situation. One that no one wants to go through. One that has us heart broken on all fronts.
Over the past several weeks we’ve sought out any and all possible options to somehow pull this off. We firmly believed, even as late as this past week, that we would be able to host NomadFEST 2019 and make it a success. But reality began to hit home a few days ago. Some of us are now personally and financially gutted as a result of the hardships of the past year and a half. We gave it all we had. And then some. But unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough.
It is with deep regret that we must announce today that EPIC Nomad TV is closing down. And with that NomadFEST 2019 is officially cancelled. The Epic Nomad Life app and platform will also close out over the weekend. It will no longer be accessible on both mobile app and desktop versions.
Words cannot possibly describe how devastating this is for us. Our mission has always been to be positive and inspiring in everything we do. To project that in the way we live as nomads and through the stories we develop through this platform. Knowing that some of this hardship has created a negative impact on some leaves us feeling absolutely awful.
But the truth is we cannot sustain this. We cannot go on.
All NomadFEST ticket holders will be contacted on Monday with an update about the upcoming refund process. Including those waiting on DVDs. Our new mission is to make everything right with our customers to the best of our abilities.
Please know we have no full time employees. There have never been salaries here as we’ve never been able to afford such luxuries. So we’re working on process to help manage this transition and we’ll be communicating this with our customers. We’re going to do everything we can to facilitate the refund process and we hope you’ll be patient with us as we work through that.
We’re sorry that it has come to this. And we’re forever grateful for the love and support so many thousands of nomads have shown us throughout this project. You’ve all been incredibly inspiring to us. Your stories are amazing and we’ve all made friends that will last a lifetime through this journey.
We wish you all the best in 2019 and beyond.
EPIC Nomad TV