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Update #36

WING HUNT comes to Hulu for Super Bowl week

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Backers!

Exciting news: WING HUNT has come to hulu, one of the nation's leading streaming content providers, just in time for Super Bowl. If you scroll through their featured choices at the top, the third one (as I write this on 01/31) you come to is WING HUNT. 

http://www.hulu.com/movies

Or go straight here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/589047

Some of you have asked why we've chosen to appear on a free site - do we make any money? And doesn't it undercut our rentals on VOD sites like Itunes and amazon? 

1. we do make money (from ad revenues), although it is MUCH LESS per view than on VOD platforms

however

2. hulu should help us general A LOT more exposure for the film, #1. through hulu users (who number in the millions) coming across it when looking for something to watch (some of whom are bound to like it and tell others) and 2. because certain media are much more likely to cover us if we're available on a curated and widely used platform like hulu 

Our distributor says they see an increase across all platforms (a kind of rising tide lifting all boats situation) whenever they place a film on hulu. 

Where should I send people to watch? Our main goal at the moment is to get THE HIGHEST NUMBER of people watching and talking about WING HUNT. So send potential viewers to whichever platform you think is most convenient for them. A distance second consideration is financial. If it makes no difference, send them to Itunes (or one of the other VOD platforms, listed below). 

Also, please consider writing us a review and rating us on Itunes, Hulu or Amazon. 

Thank you! Happy Super Bowl! Wings up! 

iTunes: http://bit.ly/18zyIYy Xbox: http://bit.ly/1dNd3st Playstation: http://bit.ly/1eGmCgH Amazon: http://amzn.to/1eQvL4s Vudu: http://bit.ly/1d0Zi8o Google Play: http://tinyurl.com/m4ftbk7


Update #35

Wing Hunt release, thrilling first day

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Hi all! Exciting day! Lot's of great media coverage and great feedback on the film. I'm posting some links below. But first, a short list of upcoming screenings and places to purchase WING HUNT online. Anything you can do to help get people to see the film will be greatly appreciated! 

Upcoming screenings in Geneva, Lyons, Albany, NYC, Rochester, Syracuse, Austin, Mesa and Seattle (Dates and times here: http://chickenwinghunt.com/screenings/)

On-demand: iTunes: http://bit.ly/18zyIYy Xbox: http://bit.ly/1dNd3st Playstation: http://bit.ly/1eGmCgH Amazon: http://amzn.to/1eQvL4s Vudu: http://bit.ly/1d0Zi8o

Day 1 media coverage: Huffington Post, Bon Appetit, Yahoo, Eater 

New info and features on our revamped site

Thanks again for your support! 


Update #34

Two weeks to go

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Supporters!

Two weeks to go to our release on January 14! Many of you have asked how you can help promote the film. Here are some ways, from small to large.

- FACEBOOK - invite all your friends to like our page. The easy is to share your page on your wall with a message asking friends to check it out and like it. The second (and more effective) way is by going to the middle of our page and clicking on 'invite friends' (unfortunately Facebook makes you click on each one). Most effective is to do both.

https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatChickenWingHunt

- FACEBOOK: post a message on your wall encouraging all of your friends to watch us on ITUNES and go to our screenings (dates at bottom) on the day/week of our release, Jan 14. Repeat Super Bowl week. Repeat for the the 50th Anniversary of the invention of Buffalo wings, March 4.

- email at least five people on same dates to tell them about the film 

- Take similar measures on Twitter. Our handle is @winghunt. 

- Go to our entry at the itunes store (put 'chicken wing hunt' into their search engine) and give us a five-star rating, encourage others to do same. If you've seen the film, and feel inspired, consider writing a review. 

- if you happen to know any journalists, especially national, but regional is good, too, that  might cover us, please let us know at info@chickenwinghunt.com. We're finding we do better with Food media than with film media. This could be a reporter at a newspaper, news agency or magazine, or a producer at a TV or radio show. 

- contacts to any well-known or chefs. We'd like to send them screeners, ask for quotes and shout-outs. (example: turns out Kristin Sollene, who's parents come from my hometown Lyons, which is featured in the film, is something of a celebrity chef in NYC. Thanks to Bob Ohmann for the tip)

It's probably better if you reach out to the person yourself if you have a strong personal connection. Feel free to email me at matt@chicknwinghunt.com to coordinate. 

Screening we have set up so far (I'll send an updated list in January): 

Soho Houses in NYC, Miami and LA, Jan 14-17

Geneva, Jan 14-16

NYC, Jan 18

Albany, Jan 22

Lyons, Jan 25

Rochester, Feb 1

Austin, Feb 22

Screenings may be in the works also for Seattle, Arizona, Lake Placid, Buffalo, and Syracuse.

Details on Facebook and on our site (which is under reconstruction the next few days) in early January. 

https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatChickenWingHunt/events

http://chickenwinghunt.com/

General info and blurbing below. Thank you for your help! 

MATT

GREAT CHICKEN WING HUNT is an award-winning documentary comedy about Buffalo wings and the band of misfits who set out to find the perfect one. It explores the wings' place in American culture, the notion of culinary perfection, and director Matt Reynolds' personal journey home from Europe to America's Wing Belt.

WING HUNT is being released by FilmBuff distribution in select theaters and on-demand everywhere Jan 14.

WING HUNT has played more than 20 U.S. and international festivals, including STARZ Denver, Austin, and Woodstock, winning awards at Memphis, Indie Spirit, Big Apple and Williamsburg.

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Buffalo wing and WING HUNT contains the only known footage of an eye-witness account of that fateful night.

“One of the bonafide best films of the year.” - Filmicability

"THE BIG LEBOWKSI of documentaries." T.C. Johnstone

“Ken Kesey couldn't have asked for a merrier band of pranksters.” EATER Magazine (5/5 stars)

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/38309749

FilmBuff has distributed some of the most acclaimed documentaries of recent decades, including the 1994 classic HOOP DREAMS and the 2011 Oscar-nominated EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP.


Update #33

Note on downloads

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Our last update never went out, due to a KS glitch. Re-sending now. 

Hi everybody, 

Just wanted to say that the downloads went out today. Please let me know if there was any trouble viewing or downloading them. Or if you were supposed to get one but didn't. 

Please don't make copies or share the link. Thank you! 

Cool moment today - presales went live on Itunes. You can go to Itunes and type in Great Chicken Wing Hunt, and bingo, there we are. 

- MATT


Update #32

Wing Hunt, the end of the beginning

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Hi all!

With festivals winding down and our release more than a month away, I thought I'd take a few minutes to recap the events of 2013, provide an accounting of how the money you donated was spent, and fill you in on our distribution plans for next year.

First, prizes are on their way! Those of you who are getting a digital copy should receive an email this week with a link and instructions on downloading your file. Please do not copy and give to others. Thank you! I hope you enjoy the film! I'm sorry it took so long to get it to you.

For those of you in a DVD prize category, let me know (at matt@chickenwinghunt.com) if you want a digital download. I'm happy to hook you up. The DVDs won't be ready until the spring.

Autographed hats and posters will be trickling out in the coming weeks.

WHEW - WHAT A YEAR! After premiering at Atlanta and playing Sarasota, solid to really good festivals, we had a lull during summer and then went on a really nice run in the fall, playing 20 additional festivals, including Woodstock, Austin and STARZ Denver, picking up four awards and getting a lot of good press.

The highlight for me was having the winning chef from the film (omitting name to avoid spoiling the ending) at screenings in Woodstock and Williamstown. Rubbernecking and gasps when it was announced he was in the audience.

HOW YOUR MONEY WAS SPENT

Our Kickstarter campaign raised $16,900 (thank you!) of which we received about $14,500 after Amazon and Kickstarter took their cuts.

Your money went to

- Pickup shoots: $1,000 

- Sound design and mix $4,000

- Graphics: $2,500 

- Assistant editors: $500 

- Color correct: $500 

- Lawyer: $1,500 

- Music clearance company: $1,800 

- Music fees: $2,700

DISTRIBUTION

WING HUNT will be released by FilmBuff distribution in select theaters and on-demand everywhere on January 14. The release date is timed to take advantage of NFL Playoff wing fever (more than 1 billion chicken wings consumed on Super Bowl weekend alone).

We'll be doing a press blitz throughout January and expect coverage to peak just before and during Super Bowl weekend (Feb 1-2).

Media will have another reason to cover us in March, which will be, serendipitously, the 50th Anniversary of the invention of Buffalo wings. WING HUNT contains the only known footage of an eye-witness account of that fateful night.

WING HUNT screenings will take place in theaters in Geneva (14-16), Lyons (date TBD), Rochester (date TBD), and Austin (Feb 22), at Soho Clubs in NYC, LA and Miami, and probably also in theaters in Albany, Syracuse and New York City. We are working to add more dates and cities. If you know a theater or venue that would be suitable for a screening, please contact me at matt@chickenwinghunt.com. I'll send a group update once we have showtimes and venues locked in in January. You can also check our site and facebook page for updates. 

Simultaneously, starting January 14, WING HUNT will be available for purchase on Itunes, other on-demand platforms, and through www.chickenwinghunt.com (the site is a better deal for us, so if anyone asks, please direct them there). A deal may also be in the works for WING HUNT to be featured by a major internet streaming provider during Super Bowl week.

Thanks again to each and every one of you! I could not have finished the film (this is literally true) without your support.

If you have any questions about any of the topics I've covered here, or are interested in hearing more about anything (if you're a filmmaker, say, and want advice about festivals), please email me at matt@chickenwinghunt.com. I would love to hear from you. 

MATT


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