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Update #11

Rewards and Cinema soon come!

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Dear Kickstarters,

We are more than happy to announce some great news:

After we won the Audience Award at the 9th Zurich Film Festival, the film was shown at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam – IDFA 2013. Our German premiere we had last next week in Saarbrücken, where the film was in competition at the 35th Film Festival Max Ophüls Price 2014. There, to our great suprise and joy we recieved the DEFA Stiftung Award. And even more great news, the week before we recieved notice, that we are pre-nominated for the German Academy Award 2014. We are still overwhelmed that we now will be able to present the film at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival as part of LOLA@Berlinale, in February. And finally, on March 20th the film will start showing in German and Swiss cinemas.

The cinema release is extremly important to us, because that’s the moment when we’ll find out what the world out there thinks about the film. So make sure you tell your friends and take them with you to the cinema!

We can tell you it´s worth to watch the film on the big screen. The images and the sound are just designed to watch on big scale. After all this time sitting in front of computer screens while putting the film together, we where blown away when sitting in Amsterdam in the great Tuschinski and watching our own film rolling. What a magic moment, knowing about all the sweat and tears, joy and laughter, it took to make it happen. A special thanks to all of you at this point. It´s your film as it is ours.

Last but not least, concerning your rewards: If any of is obligated for an invitation to a premiere, please get in touch with us. We are just about to print the Journey to Jah T-Shirts. So be sure to expect something soon in your mail. For anyone whos reward is a DVD or a download link to the film, you still have to be patient for a while longer, since the DVD release is after the cinema release. The exact dates are still to be announced. We know that we already kept you waiting too long, but we have to make sure, that no DVDs get out as long as we are in the cinemas. In the meantime, if you want to bring the film to your hometown cinemas, feel free to contact us! Signed Posters should be out soon as well. Gentleman just signed some yesterday, while we met in Berlin.

We hope to see you soon and to celebrate this happy end of our journey together. Please check us out on facebook to see screening dates. We would love to meet you at one of the screenings.

Yours,

Moritz & Noel

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Liebe Kickstarter,

wir freuen uns Euch ein paar großartige Neuigkeiten verkünden zu können:

Nach der Schweizpremiere samt Publikumspreis auf dem Züricher Filmfest und vier großartigen Vorstellungen auf Europas wichtigsten Dokumentarfilmfest, der IDFA in Amsterdam, waren wir letzte Woche auf dem Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken. Es ist DAS Nachwuchsfilmfestival in Deutschland mit tollen Spiel- Kurz und Dokumentarfilme. Das Publikum hat Journey to Jah gefeiert, alle Vorstellungen war restlos ausverkauft und die Leute standen und saßen auf den Treppe im Kinosaal. Der krönende Abschluss kam dann am Samstag Abend auf der Preisverleihung. Journey to Jah wurden mit dem Preis der DEFA Stiftung ausgezeichnet! Die Woche davor gab´s noch weitere Überraschung: Wir wurden für den Deutschen Filmpreis vornominiert. Mit 15 anderen Dokumentarfilmen konkurrieren wir jetzt um die 3 Nominierungen, die im März bekannt gegeben werden. Ein schöner Nebeneffekt. Durch die Vornominierung laufen wir im Rahmen LOLA@BERLINALE auf der Berlinale. WOW was für Wochen, wir sind noch immer ganz überwältig von all dem positiven Feedback!

In den schweizer und deutschen Kinos starten wir dann am 20. März. Der Kinostart ist extrem wichtig für uns. Hier wird sich zeigen, was die harte Welt da draußen über den Film denkt. Wir werden in Deutschland mit 25 Kopien starten und hoffen stark, dass wir uns mehr als nur eine Woche in den Kinos halten können. Also rührt ordentlich die Werbetrommel und schickt eure Freunde ins Kino. Wir können euch sagen, es lohnt sich den Film auf großer Leinwand zu schauen. Die Bilder und der Sound sind einfach dafür gemacht. Nach all den Wochen und Monaten vor dem Bildschirm im Schnittraum, ist es für uns ist es immer wieder ein Erlebnis den Film über die große Leinwand rollen zu sehen. Was für ein magischer Moment, im Hinterkopf all die Mühe und den Schweiß, die Freude und den Spaß den es gekostet hat den Film zu Ende zu bringen. Ein großes Dankeschön in diesem Zuge an Euch alle.

Zu guter letzt, ein paar Worte zu euren rewards bei kickstarter:

Wenn jemand als reward die Einladung zu einer Premiere erhalten hat, meldet euch bitte bei uns, damit wir das noch arrangieren können. Die T-Shirts gehen demnächst in den Druck. Also schön regelmäßig den Briefkasten checken. Alle die eine DVD oder einen download link bekommen, müssen sich noch etwas gedulden. DVD können wir erst nach dem Kinostart herausgeben. Wir hoffen ihr habt dafür Verständnis. Es ist für uns essentiell, dass der Film vor Kinostart nicht im Netzt auftaucht. Wenn ihr selbst Kinobetreiber kennt oder den Film vorführen wollt, meldet euch bei uns. Signiert Posters gehen auch demnächst raus. Einen ersten Schwung hat Gentleman gestern in Berlin unterzeichnet

Wir hoffen Euch bei der ein oder anderen Vorführung zu sehen und gemeinsam dieses unglaubliche Ende der Reise zu feiern

Herzlichste Grüße

Moritz & Noel


Update #10

JOURNEY TO JAH ON IDFA IN AMSTERDAM

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Dear backers, 

we had a incredible national premiere at the Zurich Filmfestival. All of us where really exited. In the end you never know, how the audience will like it. During the editing each of us had small and big crisis and we asked ourself again and again, if this will work out. Sitting in a big cinema and see the people enjoying the film, hear them laughing was the biggest gift we could receive. Even Gentleman made it to the Premiere and we celebrated together with family, friends and the festival audience the end of our 7 year lasting journey.

Two more screenings followed and all of them were sold out. We had inspiring talks with the audience after the screenings. The apex of our stay in Zurich was the Award night, where we received the audience award competing with all films shown on the festival. What a great honor and for us the best price to win. We can tell you we celebrated it big time!!!

And now it seems the train is gaining sped. After Zurich we are invited to screen "Journey to Jah" at Europeans biggest documentary festival, the IDFA in Amsterdam. The first screening will be on 23th of November. More screenings are following on the 25th, 27th, 29th & 30th.

The Cinema release is planed as well and will be around End of February.

So people get ready, soon you will get your rewards and hopefully we come together at one event or the other. We will keep you updated for sure!

All the best

Moritz Springer & Noel Dernesch


Update #9

Finally done!!!!

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Dear Backers, 

many of you have probaly wondered what’s going on with those guys from JOURNEY TO JAH. Have they fled to Jamaica and squandered the $ 60,000 with Rum and Jerk Chicken? No, far from that. We spend the last ¾ years in the editing in cold Berlin and had our heads spinning by the effort to extract 90 minutes out of hundred hours material. We can tell you: Your patience and your generous support have paid off. JOURNEY TO JAH is finally ready and we are proud of the result. 

There is already a national festival premiere. The ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL (http://zff.com/de/home/) invited us to present the film on October 3th. The film will be presented with 6 other documentaries in the official section „Documentary competition Germany, Austria, Switzerland“. The Swiss and Germans of you guys are of course welcome to come to Zurich. The official premiere of the theatrical release, to which we explicitly inform you again, follows in the beginning of 2014. Your REWARDS you will get to the theatrical- and DVD release. So we ask you for a little more patience. 

Exactly two years ago we launched the Kickstarter campaign. Amazing what has happened in this time and how fast this two years have passed! We have spoken to different people again and again about our experience with crowdfunding – which made this project at all possible. It was an impressive experience for us. It is a wonderful way to realize films together and independently. We are just proud of you! 

We are pleased that JOURNEY TO JAH finally finds its way into theaters. We hope to see you at one of those screenings. Of course we keep you up to date on all other festivals- and theatrical release. 

Now it’s time to celebrate together! 

Hugs, Noël Dernesch & Moritz Springer 

PS: For the JOURNEY TO JAH – SONG, which Gentleman and Alborosie have written especially for this movie, it will soon be an official Music Video Premiere! 

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Lieber Backers, 

 viele von euch habe sich wahrscheinlich gefragt, was den nun mit den Jungs von JOURNEY TO JAH los ist. Haben die sich nach Jamaika abgesetzt und die 60.000 Dollar mit Rum und Jerk Chicken verballert? Weit gefehlt, wir saßen das letzte 3/4 Jahr im Schneideraum im kalten Berlin und haben die Köpfe rauchen lassen. Wir können euch sagen, Eure Geduld und eure großzügige Unterstützung haben sich gelohnt: JOURNEY TO JAH ist fertig und wir sind stolz auf das Ergebnis. 

Es gibt bereits eine nationale Festival Premiere. Das ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL (http://zff.com/de/home/) hat uns eingeladen den Film am 3. Oktober zu präsentieren. Wir laufen mit 6 anderen Dokumentarfilmen in der Sektion „Dokumentarfilmwettbewerb Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz“. Vielleicht sehen wir ja die Schweizer und Süddeutschen unter Euch am 3. Oktober in Zürich. Die offizielle Premiere zum Kinostart, zu der wir Euch dann explizit noch einmal informieren, folgt Anfang 2014. Eure REWARDS bekommt Ihr ebenfalls zum Kinostart bzw. zum DVD Release. Es ist also noch etwas Geduld angesagt. 

Vor genau zwei Jahren haben wir die Kickstarter-Kampagne gestartet. Unglaublich, was in dieser Zeit alles passiert ist und wie schnell gleichzeitig diese zwei Jahre vergangen sind! Wir haben in diesen zwei Jahren immer wieder von unserer Erfahrungen mit Crowdfunding erzählt, das diesen Film ja erst möglich gemacht hat. Es war eine beeindruckende Erfahrung. Und es ist ein wunderbarer Weg gemeinsam und unabhängig Filme zu realisieren. Wir sind ganz einfach stolz auf Euch! 

Wir freuen uns, dass JOURNEY TO JAH nun endlich den Weg in die Kinos findet und hoffen Euch auf der einen oder anderen Vorstellung zu treffen. Wir halten Euch selbstverständlich auf dem Laufenden über alle weiteren Festivals und den Kinostart. 

Ab jetzt wird gefeiert! 

Seid umarmt. 

Noël Dernesch & Moritz Springer 

PS: Zum JOURNEY TO JAH – SONG, welchen Gentleman und Alborosie extra für diesen Film geschrieben haben, wird es bald eine offizielle Musicvideo Premiere geben! 


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