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A universal story of courage and compassion as a Vietnam veteran, a peace advocate, and a community struggle to find common ground.
A universal story of courage and compassion as a Vietnam veteran, a peace advocate, and a community struggle to find common ground.
A universal story of courage and compassion as a Vietnam veteran, a peace advocate, and a community struggle to find common ground.
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A New Title: Beyond the Divide

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Thanks to Will Stanton for this amazing photo of the Missoula Peace Sign
Thanks to Will Stanton for this amazing photo of the Missoula Peace Sign

Hello everyone!

You have been generous. You have been patient.  You deserve an update!

First, the big news. We have a new title!  9 Pieces of Peace is now Beyond the Divide - a title that better reflects the film as it has expanded over time. It still includes the compelling story of the Missoula Peace Sign - the midnight painting, the mystery surrounding it, the controversy over it, and the nine pieces that are cherished to this day.  The Missoula Peace Sign has become the framework within which the entire story is told. However, now there's more to the story, so the film needed a broader title. 

I believe this new title represents the potential the film has to inspire individual courage to search out common ground and reach beyond the divisions we encounter in our daily life. I considered over 200 titles. It was a long process. As the film came together, it became clear that Beyond the Divide would be the best choice. I'm hopeful you will agree that it was the best choice once you see the film. 

The other big news is that we have completed a "fine cut" of the film.  Editor Bill Kersey has done a masterful job of turning almost 80 hours of footage into what I believe is an exquisite 86 minutes. Beautiful original music by Chris Koza adds to the experience.  I have the best team in the world.

The next step is to share the "fine cut" with a few fellow filmmakers and advisors to get their objective feedback (also known as compassionate criticism). Bill and I will use this feedback to tweak the film as we move toward our goal of "picture lock".  I've met with our post-production partner, Pixel Farm, and they are ready to perform their magic with graphics, audio mixing, and color correction. Soon after, we'll have a final film. 

Our list of film festivals is ready and we will begin submitting to them as deadlines arise. With thousands of festivals to choose from, it's important to be strategic (each application costs money). I'll keep you posted as we count down to the festival premiere.

I am truly moved by what human beings can accomplish when we work together. This film would not be happening without your support. Thank you for making it possible.

Jan Selby
Director/Producer
Beyond the Divide

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    1. kevin tomlinson on

      that's great news Jan! I love the new title...a terrific choice that has multiple interpretations as well. send us a note when you're ready to show a rough cut online or here in Seattle.

      love to you,

      kevin