First, it's the LAST FEW DAYS to see AN HONEST LIAR in the following cities! The film closes after Thurs 3/26 - so go see it if you haven't and let people know it's their last chance to see it on the big screen here:
Go see it and help us spread the word to let people know! You helped us get the film made and now it's just as important to help publicize the openings so everyone can know about the film! Our ad budget is small, so telling people about it through social media other means is crucial. Feel free to use the attached graphic to post!
We are so thankful for your support in getting our film made! Now we can use all the help we can get to LET EVERYONE KNOW TO GO SEE IT IN THEATERS!!!
The first challenge is getting it made (done!) The second challenge is getting people to go see it! We hope you'll be proud to spread word on Facebook, Twitter (@anhonestliardoc), Instagram, morse code, carrier pigeon, anything... to broadcast far and wide to get people to go see the film that YOU helped get made!
Please help us let everyone know: the film was held over at the Landmark Sunshine in NYC until next week - so this is the last chance for anyone in NY to see the film on the big screen!
We'll send an update next week when the film opens in over 10 more major cities, PLUS - if you don't live near a theater - there will be a way to bring the film to a theater near you, so stay tuned! You can see the current release schedule (and we're still adding theaters!) at our website.
We previously sent all our Kickstarter backers who pledged $30 and up a link to screen the film before it hit theaters (if you didn't get it and think you should have let us know!) We're now preparing the digital download, DVD and Bluray as well, and will give you an ETA on delivery as we progress.
It's such an honor to finally get the film out to the public and to be exposing so many more people to Randi's work and life, and we thank you deeply for being a part of the team!
We have some great news to share - our backers at the $30 level and up can watch AN HONEST LIAR!
After a successful festival run, AN HONEST LIAR will be coming to movie theaters in the US beginning in March! The film will premiere in New York and Los Angeles on March 6th, and roll out in different markets soon after! Keep your eyes on our Facebook page or website and we'll post updates listing additional cities and theaters.
Now, most importantly, we want you to see the film YOU HELPED US MAKE!
For everyone who donated $30 and up - for the digital download, DVD, Bluray, and so on - we're sending you a link to an online screener of the film. Plus, at the end of the movie, there are a few bonus deleted scenes just for you!
This is the full theatrical version of the film that will be shown in theaters!
As you may know, the film cost significantly more to make than the amount we raised on Kickstarter. We are therefore depending on the box office return and future sales (of DVDs, Blurays, on iTunes, Amazon, etc) to get out of debt.
Our distributors didn’t want us to risk releasing the film to our backers before it was officially released in theaters and for sale in the U.S., but we insisted our backers get to view it before then as we've always planned.
However, because it has not yet been released in the U.S., PLEASE help us keep the screener confidential! Piracy will damage both our chances of paying off our debts and our ability to make more docs like this in the future. We greatly appreciate your discretion!
Beginning this evening, we will be sending each $30-and-up donor an individual link to a VHX-hosted online screener within the next few days. If you are supposed to get a link but don't, please check your spam folder. If, after you still haven't gotten it within 3 days, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll figure out what the issue is.
Once you open the link you can watch the film as many times as you like within 5 days. The link will expire five days after being activated - so wait to activate it until you plan to watch!
Note that when the film is released in full distribution, we will provide our digital download donors with a fully downloadable link.
We really hope you enjoy the film, and thank you all so much for you help in getting it made!!!
Have a great holiday season and a happy and healthy new year!
It’s time to update our supporters now that we have a few days break from traveling!
(We’re sorry for the length of this message, but it’s important info and long overdue.)
We’re thrilled to report that AN HONEST LIAR has been having a very successful festival run. We’ve shown it at dozens festivals around the US, in Canada, England, Australia, Iceland, Norway, Moscow and more. We’ll also be taking it to Ireland, Napa Valley, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Key West, and Calgary in the next month with more to come.
We’ve won awards for Best Documentary as judged by a jury or audience vote at a number of festivals and audiences and critics have been consistently supportive and enthusiastic.
What's more, Randi and Deyvi love the film and continue to attend festival screenings and Q&A’s. Randi is so proud of AN HONEST LIAR that he’s sat through the entire film every time he attends – and claims that he finds something new every time he views it.
Taking the film on the festival circuit is can be fun and exciting, but it's also hard work. We don't get paid to do it, can't take any other paying work while we're traveling, and have to delay other projects to travel with the film. Some, but not all of the festivals pay for travel expenses, and in either case we still end up paying quite a bit out of our own dust-filled pockets. Many don’t reimburse for anything and we can’t afford to accompany our film.
We're not complaining: we're devoted to our documentary and this process is extremely important for its success. We’re in it for the long haul and have been devoted for years to making the best film possible and now to ensuring that it has the best chance for success.
Our measure of success for AHL is based upon how many people we can reach with it. The festival run is an essential part of publicizing a film - the reviews, awards, and publicity that come from the festivals help generate interest and awareness and result in more people seeing it when it comes out in theaters, on VOD (iTunes, Amazon etc.), streaming (Netflix), and broadcast (PBS).
Our initial plan was to deliver the film to YOU - our supporters - at the first public release of the film in theaters after the festival run. You helped us get the film made and we can’t wait for you to see it!
We planned to get the film into theaters around now – fall 2014 – and have spent a lot of time working on the details of distribution. We wanted to find someone who cares for the film the way we and Randi do, who sees the importance and potential of the film and it’s subject matter, and who will treat it as more than just a commodity.
This process took some time but it was worth it. Unfortunately, the calendars of theaters were mostly booked for the fall and winter months with a few openings in smaller theaters. We were then presented with two options, open in 3 – 5 theaters in November 2014 or another to wait a few months and then open in 30 – 50 larger theaters around the country in March / April of 2015.
As much as we wanted to hold to our original planned timing, the purpose of making the film is so as many people can see it as possible. We struggled with this choice because waiting to release in the spring also means we can’t deliver the film to our backers until then.
Our distributor, who is investing time and money into getting the film into theaters, will also not allow us to release it prior as they fear the ease of spreading a digital download or copying DVD’s will hurt the earnings of the film. We understand their concern and have to respect it.
Our belief has always been that Randi’s work and mission and the ideas in the film are important enough to devote years of our lives to making a film that will help spread these messages. By releasing it in the spring we’ll be able to open in many more theaters across the country, get more press, get more viewers, as well as increase the audience for James Randi and his mission.
This was not an easy decision for us because we don’t want to disappoint our backers. You supported us, helped us get the film made, and we owe you the fruits of our labors and your donations.
We hope you agree with our reasoning for choosing a later release for the film and consequently a later deliver of the film to our backers. It’s possible that a certain percentage of our backers are less concerned with the bigger picture and will be upset at the delay. For this we apologize. We’ve succeeded and indeed exceeded all of our goals in making a great film about James Randi except one: delivering to our Kickstarter backers when we thought we could.
Please also understand that we set the Kickstarter delivery date for the film almost 2 years ago in January 2013, and it was an estimate on our scheduled finishing of the film. Had we completed the film a bit earlier and premiered at an earlier film festival things would be different.
We’re proud of the film we made with your help and hope you will be proud of it as well, but also excited for it to be as successful and popular as it can be. While it may be disappointing to wait a few months longer, it is just that – only a few months more.