Linklater admitted his disappointment with the release of "Me & Orson Welles" which almost became a self-release and then instead became a type of ignored and fumbled one. "You try go your own way and like... even the people who should be helping out they kind smell it on you," he said about the attempt of a self-release that he later backed away from. "They hear you're self-distributing, they just, it's almost like a stigma. Even though they know the film industry is fucked up, they still penalize you. They still kind of go in for the kill. They kind of treat you like, 'oh you never got a distributor, huh?' They just don't want to embrace [the idea] at all."
"It's kind of like music," he added. "Like when Prince tried to have his own label and wanted to deals with Wal-Mart and they said, 'we won't stock your records if you don't go with Warners or one of the majors. And he's Prince. and that's like anti-trust violation, but they just go, 'no, we won't stock it' cause the major labels will say, 'What are you doing? You're killing us.' "