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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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Sneak Preview Screenings: Missoula this weekend!

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Wintercraft's sparkly ice lanterns at our Minneapolis sneak preview
Wintercraft's sparkly ice lanterns at our Minneapolis sneak preview

Hello wonderful supporters!

It's been a crazy and fun few weeks for the Quiet Island Films team and Beyond the Divide. On 2/1, we held a thank-you screening for VIP donors and crew in Saint Paul.  We showed the "fine cut" of the film and asked audience members for their feedback via an online survey. It was a great feeling to share Dan's and Betsy's meaningful story intertwined with the mystery of the Missoula peace sign. Although this was a biased audience, the reactions were overwhelmingly positive. Amazing food was provided by Chow Girls and elegant Wintercraft ice globes adorned the Padilla CRT atrium that overlooked the downtown Minneapolis skyline. The evening ended with the beautiful music of film composer and singer/songwriter Chris Koza. Thanks to everyone who attended and made the evening memorable!

Now - onto Missoula! We are preparing for a special "thank you" sneak preview screening this Sunday, 2/16, at 3:00 pm at the Wilma Theater as part of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. We'll show the "fine cut" and will ask for audience feedback again.  We'll then have a VIP and crew celebration after the screening. Chris Koza will be a highlight again. (If you are a $150 or higher supporter from Montana and haven't received the details, please send me an email message quick!)

While in Missoula, we'll be partnering with the Big Sky High School (and maybe a few more schools) to develop ideas for the future youth screening kit. Betsy and Dan will be special guests at Big Sky's Diversity Week and will participate in a discussion with students. Documentation from this events will be a great resource for when we create education materials around the film.

After I return from Missoula, comments from both these screenings will be combined with comments from our advisors. Editor extraordinaire Bill Kersey and I will refine the film and it will then be ready for "picture lock" (when no more changes can be made). We'll then enter the final phases of post-production. We are excited to begin working with Pixel Farm (Minneapolis) and Optimus (Chicago). Then Beyond the Divide will be ready for film festivals and more!

We have created a new Facebook page called Beyond the Divide Film. Please take a minute to "like" it to follow all the excitement over the next few months. We are using #beyondthedividefilm on Twitter.

I hope to see many of you in Montana at the screening on Sunday! Tickets will be available at the Wilma Box Office on Saturday after 8:00 am. Get your tickets early to be sure you get seats!

With incredible gratitude for your partnership in creating this film,

Jan Selby
Director/Producer
Beyond the Divide
jan@quietislandfilms.com

A barn in beautiful Charlo, Montana not far from Missoula
A barn in beautiful Charlo, Montana not far from Missoula

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