Dear incredible backers,
At this time last year, we were in the midst of premiering FOLLOW THE LEADER at the Republican and Democratic Conventions. Now, exactly one year from our premiere at the DNC Convention in Charlotte, FOLLOW THE LEADER begins a theatrical run at the Angelika Film Center Mosaic a few miles from Washington, D.C. (Yes, starting today, and through Sept. 12, at 11am & 8pm daily!)
I don't want to bombard you all with saying it as often as I think it, but none of the ride that we've been on with the ever-evolving distribution process on the film would have been possible without your belief and support in so many ways. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and the hearts of everyone involved in the film's production & distribution!
I hope you all received the summer edition of the Changeworx E-news last week that contained a more extensive update about FOLLOW THE LEADER & our other work. (If you aren't already on our list & want to be, please sign up on the website, or just let me know and I'll add you personally). Since that came out we've been fortunate to receive some further press including: Filmmaker Magazine, Filmwax Radio/Rooftop Films podcast (featured along with Brian DePalma!), CQ Roll Call, and today's thoughtful review in The Washington Post. We'll be posting all upcoming press as it comes out on Facebook & Twitter as always if you're interested (thanks to many of you for participating there too)!
So...a few quick announcements:
• FOLLOW THE LEADER IS BEING RE-BROADCAST on PBS/World stations this Saturday, September 7th at 10pm & then again in the middle of the night at 3am on Sunday, September 8th. Most Americans can find their correct station by clicking here. We're sorry that those in the Washington, D.C., area and Los Angeles don't yet receive the great new series America ReFramed...but as you'll see below we have something special in store for residents in both of these markets. (Also to note: Follow the Leader was the Season One Finale on America ReFramed, and Season Two premieres at on Tuesday, September 10th, with David Osit's Building Babel.)
• FOLLOW THE LEADER OPENS THEATRICALLY TODAY at Angelika Film Center Mosaic in Fairfax, VA, just a few miles from Washington, D.C., and runs from Sept. 6-12. I'll be there with participants from the film all weekend doing Q&As after screenings. We're thrilled to have a week-long booking at Angelika Mosaic, the sister theater of the flagship Angelika Film Center in New York! We've only had a few weeks since it was booked, though – so we're relying on word-of-mouth & last-minute press (thank you, Washington Post!) to make it a success. If you know anyone who lives in the D.C.-area or near Northern Virginia, we would be very grateful if you could tell them about the release, and encourage them to join us – the main link to the theater for showtimes & tickets is here if you'd like to share it by personal email, Facebook and/or Twitter: http://bit.ly/15T5T10 If it's useful, there's also a Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/364562187007880/ The image below contains all information about the run, and can be saved & shared!
• To expand opportunities to participate in REALITY CHECK INTERACTIVE, we're now working to translate our live event format into an on-demand, online interactive experience. I'll be presenting briefly on our progress at the fantastic Storycode New York meeting on September 17th, and then making a presentation / demonstration at the Storycode D.C. launch event at the Media Rise Festival a week later on September 24th. Our aim is to launch REALITY CHECK in Los Angeles (where FOLLOW THE LEADER has yet to screen) early in 2014, and we're in talks with potential interactive television partners to make it available by Spring, 2014...so that it can be used to spark more thoughtful discussions leading up to the 2014 midterm elections. Please be in touch if you'd like further details about either of the events this month...more details coming in another update this year!
Thank YOU again for inspiring me, and for being such a vital part of the wild journey of the past year and counting!
Jonathan & Team FOLLOW THE LEADER