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Update #20

Happy Anniversary! Beautiful Valentine's!

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Happy Anniversary and Beautiful Valentine's!
Happy Anniversary and Beautiful Valentine's!

Dear Backers, exactly a year ago together we reached "Rocks In My Pockets" Kickstarter goal. Without your support we would had to stop the production and wait for miracles. Your amazing, generous gift saved the day and I feel immensely grateful for that. THANK YOU! 

You are my precious Valentines and I hope to celebrate this day with you for many years to come. 

The year since February 14th, 2013 hasn't been easy flying for "Rocks". We finished the rough draft in July and started submitting it to festivals. Meanwhile, with the rigid structure of the film's production being over, my mind unraveled a little bit - I went through a mild but long bout of depression. It had nothing to do with festival rejections, it's just how my head works. It needs structure and purpose. 

But all dark nights end in morning - my mind has perked up and it looks we are coming to see good things for "Rocks". I can't tell them yet, but as soon as everything is sorted out, I'll introduce you to our new partners. Can't wait!

One of the things that energized my mind was that Bill Plympton asked me to make a music video for Joe Cartoon. My studio team is working on it at manic pace, it's almost done. It's a fun song about man meeting a woman on NYC subway, flirting with her until it hurts.

Still from "Tarzan" music video
Still from "Tarzan" music video

 If you are still reading this long update, I urge you to subscribe to "Rocks In My Pockets" newsletter on the film's website. The newsletter is going to be different from Kickstarter updates. The KS updates will provide you with inside information about the film while the newsletter subscribers will get fun things like the one we did yesterday - where you could ask me to personalize Valentine's day greeting cards for your friends and lovers. You can see the samples of that HERE. It was so much fun for me to do, I thought it should be outlawed.

With the latest distribution and marketing efforts I realize that "Rocks In My Pockets" has 3 disadvantages that we could turn into advantages: 1) is a very small budget independent film, with almost no budget for promotion 2) it is about depression, some people are afraid of that word 3) it is a woman's story (this is a complicated matter that deserves a long blog post).

Please help us to spread the word about the film, ask your friends to sign up for the film's newsletter, share our Facebook posts and share the film's trailer.

Together, we could do it again! Lets bring the funny film about depression to wider audiences!

THANK YOU!

Signe and "Rocks In My Pockets" Team


Update #19

Happy Lunar New Year!

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It is going to be a year of a Wooden Horse!

Here's what professional astrologers say about it:

"The Wood Horse year is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance. It is an excellent year for travel, and the more far away and off the beaten path the better. Energy is high and production is rewarded."

I am not an astrologer but I can see the same thing - "Rocks In My Pockets" is entering a phase of a high risk adventure and possibly romance (with distributors and film lovers). Things are starting to slowly come together and we are exciting about possibilities (which I am obliged to keep a secret till the time comes).

We do have a new website, redesigned by Benjamin Swanson, he did a GREAT job with it, please take a look HERE.

Sturgis and me just finished the film's trailer after working on it since August! It was one of the biggest challenges in my filmmaking life. How do you squeeze 88 minutes into 2 min 15 seconds without giving the film away? After fighting, crying and cutting we finally made it. It is HERE

Please share the website and trailer with your friends and family! 

We need more email subscribers - not only because I'll have a nice Valentine's Day surprise for them but also because subscribers will be first to find out about the film's release. It is also fun to support an independent film that has a minuscule budget for marketing. Lets make it rock!

THANK YOU so much!

Signe and "Rocks In My Pockets" Team

Happy and playful year of a Wooden Horse. Horse around some!
Happy and playful year of a Wooden Horse. Horse around some!

Update #18

Happy New Year!

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Dear Backers,

We wish you inventive, stimulating and wonderful brand New Year!

2014 will rock!

With love

Signe and "Rocks In My Pockets" Team

Mind is the generator of the greatest joys
Mind is the generator of the greatest joys

Update #17

Merry Winter Solstice!

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This is the time of the year when we observe the tragic drama unfolding on the Cosmic Stage - nights reaching their peak of getting dark, cold and unbearably long. Everything living is shivering and shriveling up. It looks like the Sun is feeling low and letting everything and everybody down. Even the Moon looks concerned. What is going to happen?

But not to worry.

Tomorrow the Sun will brighten up and start it's glorious way back to us. After a moment of despair we, the living things, will have a renewed hope and will bask in light, love and laugher.

Merry Winter Solstice!

With love

Signe and "Rocks In My Pockets" team

The Moon and the Sun. Merry Winter Solstice!
The Moon and the Sun. Merry Winter Solstice!

Update #16

Harvest Our THANK YOU!

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Dear Backers,

This is the harvest time, in New York where I live, it's called Thanksgiving. Around now one is supposed to have all grapes stored in a cellar, apples - in a pie, and to reach for birds in the sky. 

And this is where "Rocks In My Pockets" is at, too - the harvest time. Last Thursday we did the final sound mix with the amazing Weston Fonger, the project's sound designer. On Friday Wendy put the picture together with sound, and this is it. We might add a little thing here or there, like small credit changes, but other than that - the film is finished.

Now it's the time to reach for the birds in the sky - we are submitting the film to festivals and working on Do-It-Yourself distribution and marketing strategies. We are going for Do-It-Yourself model because traditional film distribution is in a turmoil right now and while the pros are figuring out the future, small independent films like "Rocks In My Pockets" might have their chance on many Video-On-Demand platforms in the present. Even a small theatrical release is possible, via Tugg. There are tools to for indie filmmakers now that were not there before. 

The only thing that those new platforms don't do for for a film is marketing. This is a big piece of puzzle that we still have to solve - how to reach the film's audience with the minuscule funds we have. 

Please send me your ideas and suggestions on how we could reach people interested in Psychology. Or which Mental Health groups we should approach. If you know therapists, please ask them if they could suggest good conferences in their field that we could advertise the film at. We'll appreciate any advise, suggestion, idea.

We are working on a new website right now. The moment it is finished, I'll send you a link. It would be great if you could sign up for the film's news and ask your friends and family to subscribe. If we have a lot of subscribers it'll be easier for us to convince a cable to show "Rocks In My Pockets". 

Also - today is the day when the backers who selected Desktop Images from "Rocks In My Pockets" as their reward are going to receive a secret link to 10 images! Very soon!

THANK YOU for your support! You are the best and you know it.

Happy THANKSGIVING! 

Signe and "Rocks In My Pockets" Team

Time to harvest THANK YOU!
Time to harvest THANK YOU!

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