GET READY FOR YOUR REWARDS!
We are excited to send this update to fill you in on the latest developments with AMERICAN WINTER, and to let you know that DVDs and other rewards that we have promised will be ready to start sending out to all of you in approximately 3 weeks.
As you know, AMERICAN WINTER was shown on HBO in March and we have been working on an aggressive outreach campaign to try to do our part to change policy --and open minds-- around the issues of poverty, income inequality, and the demonization of all those families that need help from social services to survive.
With everything going on right now with the government shutdown and more budget cuts to food stamps and other safety net programs, it seems that AMERICAN WINTER is more timely than ever. Just this past Thursday night there was another powerful screening of the film in Portland, and yesterday there was a great article in the Oregonian that showed the kind of impact these screenings can have:
Meanwhile, we’ve been able to achieve many milestones with our outreach and action campaign for the film –there have been more than 50 screenings of AMERICAN WINTER across the country, and in July three of our families testified at a Senate Hearing about the shrinking middle class and the state of the American Dream. We are honored that the film has won several awards –most recently, it was nominated for a prestigious Ridenhour Prize, which recognizes acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society.
We know that many of you have been anxiously awaiting the DVD of AMERICAN WINTER and other rewards, and we apologize for getting these out to you much later than expected. HBO ended up requiring that we wait 6 months before distributing DVDs, and the process to prepare the DVD and artwork took us longer than we anticipated. But now we have finally finished designing the final DVD and artwork, and we are happy to let you know that there will be THREE bonus features on the DVD for you to check out. We have sent the “master” disc to the manufacturer and after they make the first prototype for us to check in a week, the DVDs are produced (takes 10-15 days) and then we start stuffing packages and shipping out.
We can’t wait to finally deliver these rewards to the more than 1000 backers from two different Kickstarter campaigns that supported the making of AMERICAN WINTER and our outreach campaign. We will include more info about all that we have accomplished in a letter that we’ll include with rewards.
Thank you for your patience and please stay connected to AMERICAN WINTER and our outreach efforts through our website and Facebook page.
All the best,
Devon, Joe and Harry