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The Bug Movie is a feature length documentary film about the most beloved and recognizable vehicle on Earth, the Volkswagen Beetle.
466 backers pledged $44,074 to help bring this project to life.

Bug Movie World Premiere Announced!

Posted by Damon Ristau (Creator)
And so it begins! We are thrilled to be premiereing at the Big Sky Doc Fest.
And so it begins! We are thrilled to be premiereing at the Big Sky Doc Fest.

Well the day I (we) have all been waiting for and working towards has finally arrived! I'm honored to announce that "The Bug: Life and Times of the Peoples Car" will screen publicly for the first time at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival on February 28, 2016!  Our film has been chosen as the closing night film at this awesome event and I couldn't be happier. A substantial amount of the film was shot here in Montana, so it really makes sense to screen it here for the first time. If your backer reward included tickets to the screening and/or a party invite, we'll be in touch with details very soon.

This has been an amazing (actually kickass) journey. I would have called you a liar 2 years ago if you told me I'd be hanging out in Hollywood with movie stars, zipping through the German countryside with the top down, driving through the hills above Acapulco with cartel cabbies, or tethered to a helicopter skid filming an opening credit sequence, all in the name of The Bug Movie. I wouldn't trade the experiences (good and bad) for anything. And YOU helped make it happen. So thank you. I gave this thing my All through thick and thin, and I know it took me longer than predicted, so thanks for hanging in there with me. I'm a better filmmaker after making this one and feel stronger knowing that I had your support. The encouraging emails and comments were the little extra gas in the tank that I needed to hit finish-line.

As I scramble to put the final touches on the film over the next month, I'll do my best to update you on the progress and send more info your way including details about your soon-to-come rewards.

Thank you!



Here is the link to the festival website if you want to check it out:

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    1. Larry Cavanagh on

      If the movie will be screening on February 28th, when can we expect to receive our "pre-release DVD"?

    2. AirMighty on

      Thanks for the update and i'm really looking forward seeing it. Just like the previous movie it will again be a must have for every aircooled VW lover. Keep us posted :) BR, Niels Timmerman - AirMighty Megascene

    3. James Barnard on

      Good job Damon and thanks for the update. I can't wait to see it! All the best to you and to The Bug movie. Cheers!

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      Sharon Neve on

      Thanks so much for the update! I know it's been a long road but I'm sure it will be worth the wait. I'll be showing it at our club meeting as soon as I get it.

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      Mark Kaczmarczyk on

      Congratulations Damon! Should be exciting for all involved with this project. Can't wait for the movie itself!

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      Scott Thibodeau on

      Great stuff. It'll make a nice addition to the Bus movie which I've watched more times than you've had hot meals. Every time someone asks me about VW culture it gets played. Congrats on everything.

    7. Keri Whitman on

      Great news! Can't wait to see the movie.