Happy Spring, Backers!
Two very quick items of note:
1. This week, on iTunes in the US, Dear Mr. Watterson is available for rent for just 99¢! A great option if you still haven't seen it, or for friends and family who are interested in seeing the film you helped make happen.
2. It was a year ago today that we premiered the film at the Cleveland International Film Festival to two packed theaters, projecting the film simultaneously in both auditoriums. That was a good day.
(And here are a few photos from the Exploring Calvin & Hobbes exhibit)
For more information about the exhibit:
Years ago, in the early stages of making Dear Mr. Watterson, I thought about how amazing it would be if our little film could help bring enough of a fresh spotlight on Calvin & Hobbes that a new exhibition of Bill Watterson's work might be put together.
If you haven't heard already, I'm THRILLED to inform you that this coming weekend, such an exhibit will open in Columbus, Ohio. AND, in conjunction with the grand opening of "Exploring Calvin & Hobbes" Dear Mr. Watterson will screen on Saturday afternoon at the Wexner Center for the Arts!
Now, we can't take credit for making this exhibit happen, but we sure are excited to be a part of it! If you want to hear more about it from Bill Watterson himself, an interview he did with curator Jenny Robb (remember her from our film?) was just posted online today. And there's also this great preview of the exhibition from Columbus Alive.
I'll be in Columbus for the opening and our screening, so stop me and say hello if you're there! And if you're not there, I'll try to post what I can on Twitter and Instagram to give you a glimpse of the weekend's events.
The exhibit will run until August, so you have some time to plan your visit!
Let's Go Exploring!
P.S. If you haven't yet seen Dear Mr. Watterson, our website lists all the ways you can fix that (including VHX, where DRM-free HD downloads and streaming are now just $9.99 - or cheaper if you use the code 'KICKSTARTER').
We're excited that today is our official DVD & Blu-ray release date! It is available only from our website at www.dearmrwatterson.com/store, and if you have thought about gifting it for Christmas, you'll probably want to order ASAP.
Maybe some of you have noticed that Bill Watterson has been in the news lately. One reason is that he and cartoonist Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac) are doing a joint exhibition at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum starting March 22nd. I, for one, hope to somehow make it there before it ends. See a bit more information here. The second reason that a Bill Watterson biopic is apparently in development. If you'd like to know more, look here.
If friends or family members have been asking about where they can find Dear Mr. Watterson, here are some other options:
-In theaters (check http://dearmrwatterson.com/DMW/screenings.html for dates & locations)
-On iTunes (worldwide) http://itunes.com/DearMrWatterson
-VHX: buy.dearmrwatterson.com (use the code 'KICKSTARTER30' for 30% off the movie, and also available: our bonus features for $3)
-Amazon Instant Video: http://amzn.to/1cxkep3
-Google Play: http://bit.ly/17wMOUV
-Vimeo On Demand: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/5988
-or check your cable provider's Video On Demand section
And last, people have been asking about how they can help, and here are some really simple things you can do: Tell your fellow Calvin & Hobbes fans about us! Rate the movie on IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes or iTunes or wherever you occasionally rate movies. If you've got a Netflix account, do a search for Dear Mr. Watterson (it's kind of like a vote that you want to see the movie there). And, if you're hoping the film will come to an independent theater near you, don't be afraid to call the theater about showing the film.
Thanks and Happy Holidays!
Can you believe that Dear Mr. Watterson is now IN THEATERS!?
Today, after 6 1/2 years, 2 Kickstarter campaigns, dozens of shoots, countless hours of editing, and lots of blood sweat and tears, this little documentary about the impact of Calvin & Hobbes, that you helped into existence, is available to the rest of the world.
Two nights ago, we screened the film at the Kickstarter offices in New York, and it was really humbling to walk into the center of the crowd-funding universe. Without you all and without Kickstarter, this film may have never happened.
As I write this, the first theatrical screening is now in progress in New York City, with Toronto, Los Angeles, and Santa Fe joining in soon. Tell all your friends who love Calvin & Hobbes to find out how they can watch it today at dearmrwatterson.com. We're on iTunes, VHX, many cable VOD providers, and our theatrical release will spread out to other small independent theaters over the next couple months. We'll continue to keep our screenings page updated as we confirm more theaters.
Also, in case anybody has been wondering, I want to let you all know that Bill Watterson has, indeed, seen the film. We know he appreciated our respect for his privacy, and we're honored that he took the time to view it.
Today is a huge day, and such a milestone after all this time. We hope that thousands of fans will see the movie this weekend, and we hope that they'll be inspired to dig out their Calvin & Hobbes collections the first chance they get.
Let's Go Exploring!