November 2012: Film Updates
More grant submissions! The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is the biggest one. For that we utilized the help of KTQ interns Julian Walker and Rosa Gaia Saunders to help prep transcripts from new interviews.
After receiving wonderful feedback as part of the ITVS Open Call process we re-applied and have moved on to Round 2 of the current Open Call. We find out in about a week if we advance to round 3. To prepare for this we've begun recutting our 10min demo to include recent material that we've filmed.
Fall remains super busy for As Goes Janesville. The day after the election and in the upcoming year the argument for showing our film is even more potent. As Goes Janesville is a cautionary tale about what happens when political polarization derails genuine, inclusive, economic development in a community. If ever there were a time when that message is necessary and when there is an audience out there hungry to receive it, it is now. People want our leaders to overcome partisan differences and work in common purpose to improve our economy. Our film delivers that message in the form of an intimate, emotional story that serves as a microcosm of America. Indeed, as goes Janesville, so goes the nation.
We are rolling out "bizLab" as a way to deepen our engagement themes. At select screenings we will work with partners in each location to bring together business, labor and community leaders to discuss how we can overcome our political differences and work together on local economic development. We will not only target festival screenings for this work, but also have showcased it many screenings in October through ITVS Community Cinema.
A new Independent Lens broadcast of the film is scheduled on February 4th, shortly after State of the Union address.
Mormon Movie (Working Title)
Summer was spent in preparation for the film's "First Look" and Kickstarter campaign, which director Xan Aranda and team launched just after Labor Day. The 25-day fundraising sprint raised funds essential to move the project from Development into Pre-Production. The Mormon Movie team is still aglow from the exciting final day of the campaign, in which over $5k was raised for a total of $26,275. Over 340 supporters donated to the film.
The "First Look" featured within this campaign is a ten-minute work-in-progress sample Xan shaped with editor Matt Lauterbach, incorporating the two films her mother starred in while a student at Brigham Young University during the 1960s. Their family's relationship to that school's Motion Picture Studio also has ties to several threads of Mormon history, including the LDS colonies in Mexico. Also introduced within the work-in-progress is the difficulty faced when leaving the Mormon religion, as Xan did sixteen years ago.
This Mormon Movie "First Look" was viewed over 3,000 times in 76 countries and generated active dialogue about faith, doctrine, and American religious history. Xan released two video updates during the campaign which - among other information - addressed the flood of correspondence received from former members of the Mormon, Mennonite, Catholic, and Evangelical communities, among many others.
The Mormon Movie team will spend Winter grant-writing and pre-producing, with hopes to begin shooting in early Spring.
Howard Reich recently returned from two lively days in Philadelphia, where he was a guest of the Westtown School. At the school, Howard presented Prisoner of Her Past to hundreds of kids and, the next day, spoke to six classes. An "unforgettable experience," he reports.
The POHP team is working on an educational outreach effort, incorporating the expertise of those involved in clinical and social work related to Late-Onset Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. They are creating study guides to accompany the film when it is featured as part of Holocaust education in middle and high schools. University-level curriculum is in development as well.
Prisoner of Her Past will screen in Washburn, Wisconsin (near Duluth, MN) at the Big Water Film Festival on November 10th and in warmer climes (including San Diego, Phoenix) during January and February.
With domestic screenings in Atlanta, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Gary, Indiana, The Interrupters continued traveling the world as the film landed in Paju, South Korea at the DMZ Documentary Film Festival. Meanwhile, the film’s outreach team has been busy preparing for the upcoming launch of The Interrupters interactive website, www.InterruptViolence.com. At the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival, Outreach Specialist Anton Seals gave the festival audience a sneak peek of Interrupt Violence and talked about some of the outreach campaign’s highlights since the film’s July 2011 release.
On September 22nd, our Outreach Team traveled to Chicago’s St. Sabina’s Gymnasium to support Cobe Williams, Chicago Bull Joakim Noah and a number of other NBA stars for the Peace Basketball Tournament. “After seeing The Interrupters, Noah got my number and asked how he could help,” Williams explained. The result was a basketball tournament that brought together active gang members from across the city as the NBA stars acted as coaches and mentors. While the local and national press, as well as the standing room crowd, were excited to catch a glimpse of Chicago natives Derrick Rose and Isiah Thomas, the message of ending violence was hammered home throughout the day.
For more news of upcoming screenings, including a panel with producer Alex Kotlowitz and Eddie Bocanegra at Chicago’s Robert H Lurie Medical Center, be sure to check out theinterrupters.com.
Next month now sees the launch of www.interruptviolence.com. Stay tuned!
This Fall, the team behind The Trials of Muhammad Ali will focus on festival submissions and fundraising, in order cover licensing fees for all the wonderful archival footage and photos in the film. When and where will the film premiere? Time will tell, and we'll keep you posted!
As editor Aaron Wickenden edits toward Fine Cut, the team works closely with composer Josh Abrams, who is creating an original score for the film.
Meanwhile, we're gearing up for a special program at the Chicago Humanities Festival on November 10th. After showing a few scenes from the film, director Bill Siegel and producer Rachel Pikelny will answer audience questions. Join us for this exciting sneak preview and discussion. More details here.
Fundraising also remains a top priority, to cover our archival licensing fees and give this documentary the worldwide audience it seeks. Help us bring this film to the big screen by making a tax-deductible donation today. Thanks for your support!
This past month Unbroken Glass welcomed editor Matt Lauterbach to the project. Matt will be working with Leslie Simmer who will serve as an editing consultant on Unbroken Glass.
On October 6th, director Dinesh Sabu was featured on a panel at the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. Dinesh showed the most recent cut of the demo and discussed the early vision for the film’s outreach campaign.
Dinesh also had a chance to showcase the film’s demo at the University of Illinois- Chicago for a class examining Mental Health in the Asian-American Community. The class, taught by Rooshey Hasnain, focused on the importance of storytelling when grappling with mental health issues.
And finally, the Unbroken Glass team is pleased to announce the largest individual donation to the film to date, a $20,000 contribution. This donation allows the production to continue forward into 2013. For more information on how to contribute to Unbroken Glass, please visit, www.UnbrokenGlassFilm.com/donate.
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