For those of you who have not yet disowned us, I'm here to report that almost all the rewards have been shipped to our office and are ready to go out to you. The only thing I'm waiting on is the soundtrack, which should arrive any day now. I've been on the road with the film, so that's part of the reason why this has taken so long. The other is that I'm not the most organized person in the world! But the attached photo is proof that DVDs, CDs, and photos are on their way to you...or at least that they're sitting in my office.
In other news:
THE BAD - Our final shows at the Grand Lake Theater are this thursday. So if you really want to see the film there you'd better hustle...
THE GOOD - We're heading to The New Parkway in uptown section of Oakland! We open this Saturday.
For anyone who is not familiar with the story behind The New Parkway, it is a community theater that was closed down several years ago despite becoming a beloved Oakland institution. Former Parkway patron J. Moses Caeser sensed an opportunity to re-open the theater and spent the next few years trying to do just this. With the help of a Kickstarter campaign, and after navigating more hurdles than you can imagine, he and his partners opened the doors to The New Parkway in December in the uptown section of Oakland. The theater has already been embraced by the community and is quickly becoming not just a theater but a community hub. We think The Waiting Room is the perfect film for this venue and are very excited to kick off these shows. I'll be doing a Q&A at Saturday's 4:30PM show. Oh, and I was an early New Parkway Kickstarter backer and I bet a few of you were too. So we hope you can spread the word and help us support this fabulous community theater.
But it's not just Oakland. We're still going nationwide! And while it's not a great excuse, managing this process has been partly to blame for why I'm so late getting the rewards out. Click here for our upcoming screenings across the country. Let your aunts, uncles, 1st grade teachers and long lost friends know! I will be doing Q&As at the March 13th Cleveland screening and the March 21st Columbus, OH screening.
Dear TWR heroes!
The irony that you've all been waiting patiently for the remaining rewards has not escaped us.
Our only excuse is that you've created what can only be described as a remarkable little juggernaut! The film is going from city to city, inspiring countless numbers of people and keeping us VERY BUSY...so busy that we're behind in fulfilling the rewards. Rest assured the rewards will all be forthcoming as soon as the dust settles. For now, an update.
The film has been gathering much love as the awards season is now officially underway. Below is the current state of things.
- 2012 Gotham IFP nominee: Best Documentary
- 2013 Independent Spirit Awards double nominee: Best Documentary & Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award
- 2013 Cinema Eye nominee: Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film
The film is also now in theaters in Washington, DC and Boston, MA where it has been held over for a second week. And for those of you in the Bay Area it will re-open on Friday for a limited run at the fabulous Grand Lake Theater!
For those of you in other cities wondering if the film is playing near you, you can check our current schedule: http://www.internationalfilmcircuit.com/twr/playdates.html
We have one more piece of news that is too special to be left dangling at the end of this email. Look for another update very soon....
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THE ULTRASOUND: Soundtrack by the amazing William Ryan Fritch. Includes bonus tracks! He will be famous one day and you'll be one of the few with this limited edition disc. + all of the above!Estimated delivery:
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THE FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE: Get a limited edition medical clipboard with The Waiting Room logo and campaign info. With this gift, you can help us spread the word and be a part of our ongoing campaign while you're at work. + all of the above!Estimated delivery:
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THE PACEMAKER: A star is born. You'll get a film credit in the theatrical version of the film. You can point to the screen and brag to your friends while William Ryan Fritch's end credit music overwhelms your senses. + all of the above!!Estimated delivery:
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VISIT THE WAITING ROOM: You and a guest will visit *THE* Waiting Room: Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA - with the ultimate tour guide: filmmaker Pete Nicks. You will get to spend several hours "on set," meeting the doctors, nurses, caregivers and residents that make Highland Hospital work, day in and day out. Through this experience, you will get the true "insider" perspective and see THE WAITING ROOM through your own eyes. This reward includes all of the above except THE DEFIBRILLATOR, THE FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE and THE SPONSOR. (Airfare included, room & board not included.)Estimated delivery:
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CO-PRESENTER: Trip for 2 to our NYC premiere. Includes airfare, tickets to screening and hotel for two nights. + all of the above except THE DEFIBRILLATOR. THE FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE and THE SPONSOR.Estimated delivery:
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