2015 was a whirlwind for sure; since our World Premiere at the St. Barth Film Festival in April, Vanishing Sail has screened at 13 festivals in 11 countries around the world including Newport, Martha’s Vineyard, Toronto, Lunenburg, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Trinidad, Aruba, Bahamas, Havana, Warsaw and even Alaska, where diverse audiences came out to connect with our humble story.
“A truly special screening here in Lunenburg - the combination of excellent production values, a heartening story, the parallels between Alwyn’s community and ours, the local relevance and connections, it’s just a superb fit.” Pamela Segger, Co-Chair & Programmer, Lunenburg Doc Fest
Conventional wisdom says that after a film is finished, you then enter it into festivals, try to win some awards and hopefully land a distribution deal where you recoup some of the money you've laid out. We soon learned however, that for first time indie filmmakers the road to getting the film out there beyond the festival circuit is long and winding with many speed bumps along the way. And that we would need more time to raise $$$ to clear archive stock footage and music rights if we wanted our story to resonate with a true feel and sound of the era.
Meanwhile in support of the wider goals of the film, a friend in St. Barth’s commissioned a new 42’ Carriacou Sloop from the Enoe family in Windward. This wonderful distraction required us to manage the project, source materials and eventually launch and rig the vessel for her maiden voyage to Antigua…
Free in St. Barth is designed by the master Alwyn Enoe but built by his son Cal. This represents a milestone indeed because of the potential now for the skills to continue a little longer. The vessel is REALLY FAST and will race in the Antigua Classics where we are planning an official screening of our film on April 17th in the historic Unesco Cultural Heritage Site, Nelson’s Dockyard.
And even more good news: we are now seriously considering all kinds of interesting distribution opportunities [traditional as well as emerging] for an official worldwide release in 2016!
With Thanks & Respect,
Alexis & Justin