First of all, we sincerely apologize for our long absence without any updates for all of you who have supported us from the very beginning. Please do not think that this means we are not grateful to each and every one of you for all that you have done. We know we couldn’t do what we do without you all. As a way of explanation (not excuse), we’d like to catch you up on 2012.
Those who were there know, we had a terrifically successful screening of Little by Little in Tulsa in November of 2011. More than 300 people showed up and the response from the audience was amazing. We were hoping that initial wave of enthusiasm would fuel a groundswell of support from the filmmaking community at large. We worked hard to apply to half a dozen film festivals around the country. But the response was not what we’d hoped. We were not admitted to any.
So we brainstormed other ways for this project to reach a broader audience. We continued to screen the movie in New York, inquired with PBS, and even tried to tap a friend of a friend’s celebrity relative. All to no avail (so far).
But we truly believe in this project. And we think the stories of Pili, Eliza, Zai and Yonga need to be heard by more people.
So we’ve gone back to the drawing board to consider our options. Our current run time has presented something of a challenge. Some broadcast outlets would require us to either slash half the movie (cutting its run time from 48 minutes to 24) or add 10-12 minutes (roughly a quarter).
Thankfully, we have the opportunity to return to Tanzania next month. We’re going to try to shoot some more video, dig deeper into these girls’ stories, and hopefully come away with an even better project.
Unfortunately, this means we do not have the digital uploads or the DVD copies of the movie available for you, yet. As soon as we get a final cut, we will release it on DVD. And we’ll make sure to include the original cut as a bonus feature. In the meantime, we do have the African-kanga quilts and framed pictures for those donors who supported us at those levels and we are working to get those shipped out to you.
So stay tuned. We plan to post more updates here and on our blog at littlebylittlemovie.wordpress.com. And we’ll keep you posted on how this project continues to develop.
Little by little, we’re making it happen. Thanks again for all of your support. We really appreciate all of the compliments and kind words.
Sims & Wooley