Missoula was amazing! Now back to work on BEYOND THE DIVIDE...
Hello dear supporters!
I can't believe it has been almost a month since we returned from the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the scheduled sneak preview on Sunday, 2/16, and the encore sneak preview on Sunday, 2/23. It was nice to see so many friends and supporters!
The first screening was at the Historic Wilma Theater. Excitement was high as the line for tickets streamed out the doors and down the street. Festival organizers estimated that between 700 and 800 people attended. Crew members Chris, Bill, Elgin and I were thrilled to see BEYOND THE DIVIDE on the big screen. After the screening, there was a Q & A session on stage. Dan and Betsy joined us and surprised me with flowers. The festival asked if we would allow them to offer an encore screening on the last day of the festival. It was a great opportunity to share the film with another 300+ people at the Top Hat Lounge. We couldn't attend but Betsy and Dan were kind enough to host a 45 minutes post-screening Q & A.
After seeing the film, people told me they laughed, they cried, and they came away with a new respect for people who think differently from them. Hearing this fueled my hope that the film will truly make a difference.
The film also screened at several high schools in Missoula. Feedback from students and staff will be used to develop educational materials that will accompany the film one day. Special thanks to Big Sky High School for organizing these screenings. Over 1000 students were engaged and inspired to learn more.
Since returning from Montana, we have been working on a new trailer (which we will be sharing soon) and a few tweaks to the film. Online survey comments from those who attended the sneak previews have provided valuable insight. Although reactions to the film have been overwhelmingly positive, we are striving to make it even better.
Next steps - Distribution! Film festivals are held year-round, so deadlines are always upon us. I've started to submit the film to festivals whose deadlines would have passed. It's a very competitive world so it's hard to know where the film will be accepted, but one day the film will have its official world premiere at a festival and you will be the first to know when and where!
I am developing a detailed distribution plan for getting the film and the BEYOND THE DIVIDE message out into the world. My goal is that it will be broadcast, shown in theaters via theatrical-on-demand, and shared in schools and communities nationwide. To fund distribution, I'm applying for grants and exploring a variety of sources. (Please let me know if you would like to discuss a tax-deductible donation.)
A successful community-based distribution plan is driven by having a good list of supporters who can help spread the word. Thank you for being part of this group! We have almost 500 Facebook fans. Please be sure to like our page if you haven't already so you won't miss more frequent updates. For fun, here's a photo album of our wonderful trip to Missoula.
I never forget that this film is real because each of you believed in the vision and the power of this story. Thank you so much.
BEYOND THE DIVIDE
War, peace, and the courage to find common ground.www.beyondthedividefilm.com