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Update #6

What's going on with Gods and Kings?

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Hi friends,

Just wanted to give you a quick update of the status of Gods and Kings. First, let me apologize for the delay on rewards. The most important one - the movie itself, is still wrapping up its online post-production, and I'm holding the others back so they can all go out at once. But I haven't forgotten you!

You'll be glad to hear your donations have been hard at work. They paid for the score and voice over narration (both of which are now finalized), bought us some extremely important archival footage of the Rios Montt years, and this week the film is wrapping up color correction in the expert hands of Daniel Márquez at imagines in Uruguay. So far his work has been outstanding - he's made my old school mini-DV footage look like 16mm film, and made clips from "Avatar" and "Apocalypto" look like a 70s B-movie (don't ask me why I wanted him to do that, but I'm glad I did). Next, he'll give us a comprehensive sound design. It should all be wrapped by the end of June (knock on wood).

In the meantime, I'm thrilled to announce that we've been accepted into the Documentary Film Program at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. This is a great group of people devoted to protecting and expanding the free speech rights of filmmakers and other creators. We now get pro bono consultation from Fair Use experts about the clips from Hollywood films and other pop culture works that appear in our film unlicensed.

We still haven't nailed down a premier date -- (still waiting to hear back from about 7 festivals) but we're working out screenings with various museums and universities in the Fall, including this Maya 2012 exhibit at the Penn Museum - the same museum whose incredible archive of anthropological film made our movie possible.

So thanks again for supporting this project. Please stand by, you will see the final product soon!

All the best,

Robin

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