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A journey across America to record today’s musicians on 1930s technology in a quest to connect with the haunting recordings of the past

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Tour Success, Official Soundtrack, and DVD and VOD update!

Hello to you, 78 friends!

We hope this long wintry weekend finds you comfortably ensconced with loved ones wherever you are.

It's been a whirlwind few months since we wrote you last, with so many amazing screenings and events on our theatrical release tour. We're so glad that we had the opportunity to see so many of you in person on our travels.

These last few months have also brought quite a few new developments, the release of The Original Soundtrack to The 78 Project Movie being a big one, and we are now much closer to a digital and DVD release of The 78 Project Movie.

Here's some more details on what's been happening and what's to come!

The 78 Project Movie in Theaters:

A successful nationwide theatrical road trip to release The 78 Project Movie kicked off in September with a screening and live record cutting session at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC to celebrate the Alan Lomax Centennial. From there, we continued to travel, bringing the film to dozens of theaters across the country.

In October, The 78 Project Movie had its international premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, which was followed by festival screenings throughout Europe. By year's end, the film had played in over 50 cities, with bookings continuing to grow steadily into 2015.

We're continually updating our website sidebar with new screenings, so check back from time to time. www.the78project.com

DVD/Online release:

Some folks have asked when we'll be sending out DVDs, and we've really appreciated your patience. Because the film is still playing in theaters, we've been waiting to find out how our DVD release plans solidified. We're now happy to report that The 78 Project Movie will be available through online platforms this summer, and we'll also be getting a DVD out towards end of summer. For our Kickstarter backers who are set to receive DVDs as their Kickstarter reward, you will be receiving the DVD prior to its commercial release, and we will be sending a message directly to you to confirm your fulfillment options and address.

The Official Soundtrack to The 78 Project Movie:

We couldn't be happier with the soundtrack to the movie. It's packed with one-of-a-kind recordings by our amazing artists, and captures the spirit of the movie beautifully. Because your contribution was so essential in making this music possible, we'd like to offer you a special discount of 25% off in The 78 Project shop, so that you can own the soundtrack on Vinyl + Digial. Just enter code 78BACKER at checkout for 25% off your order.

http://www.the78project.com/the-78-project-shop

ENTER CODE: 78BACKER

We'll be sending more updates in the months ahead, and until then, we hope you're well and having a happy winter.

Complete List of Screenings for The 78 Project Movie Official Release Tour

In just a few days we'll be departing for the first stop on The 78 Project Movie Official Release Tour, a screening at the Library of Congress on September 5. Before we hit the road for our month-long journey, we wanted to get you the complete list of screenings and details.

If there's a screening near you, we hope we'll see you there!

Know anyone who might want to come? Spread the word! You helped to make this movie, and you continue to help make it grow. Now that it's finished and ready to be seen, you can proudly say that you were a part of its creation and feel that you are a part of every one of The 78 Project Movie's successes! Forward this email around. Tweet to @The78Project and Facebook @The 78 Project while we're out there. Hearing from you keeps us going during those long drives.

The 78 Project Movie Official Release Tour Dates:

Washington, DC
The Library of Congress
Friday, Sept. 5
2:00 pm
Live Presto record cutting demo!
More info
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Los Angeles, CA
Downtown Independent
Wednesday, Sept. 10
8:30 pm
We'll be there for Q&A!
Purchase tickets
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Camarillo, CA
Roxy Stadium 11
Thursday, Sept. 11
7:00 pm
With filmmaker Q&A
Purchase tickets
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San Francisco, CA
The Historic Balboa Theatre
We'll be there for Q&A on the 12th!
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
10:00 pm
&
Tuesday, Sept. 16
7:30 pm
Purchase tickets
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Seattle, WA
Northwest Film Forum
Sunday, Sept. 14
7:00 pm
We'll be there for Q&A
Purchase tickets
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Portland, OR
Hollywood Theatre
Monday, Sept. 15
7:30 pm
We'll be there for Q&A
Purchase tickets
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San Francisco, CA
The Historic Balboa Theatre
Tuesday, Sept. 16
7:30 pm
(Also screening on the 12th)
Purchase tickets
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Boston, MA
BU Cinematheque
Friday, Sept. 19
7:00 pm
Live Presto record cutting demo!
More info
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Athens, GA
Ciné
Wednesday, Sept. 24
7:30 pm
Live Presto record cutting session with special guest!
Ticket info coming soon
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New Orleans, LA
Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary
Arts Center

Friday, Sept. 26
7:00 pm
Live Presto record cutting session!
Purchase tickets
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Lafayette, LA
Acadiana Center for the Arts
Saturday, Sept. 27
7:30 pm
Live Presto record cutting session with special guest!
Ticket info coming soon
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Baton Rouge, LA
Manship Theatre
Sunday, Sept. 28
Live Presto record cutting session!
Time & ticket info coming soon
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Dallas, TX
The Texas Theatre
Monday, Sept. 29
7:30 pm
We'll be there for Q&A!
Ticket info coming soon
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Little Rock, AR
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Presented by The Oxford American

Tuesday, Sept. 30
7:30 pm
Live Presto record cutting session!
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Carbondale, IL
Southern Illinois University
Guyon Auditorium

Wednesday, Oct. 1
7:00 pm
Live Presto record cutting session!
More info
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No screenings set for your area yet? All you have to do is ask. Through our partnership with Gathr Films, you can request a screening of The 78 Project Movie in your area, and Gathr will work with you and with us to make it happen.

More info is below in our previous update and on The 78 Project Movie website.

The 78 Project Movie is playing in theaters nationwide!

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This 78 summer has certainly been a productive and happy one. Since our joyful world premiere of The 78 Project Movie at SXSW Film Festival in March, we've had the honor of being invited to Nashville Film Festival, Independendent Film Fest Boston and to the Film Society of Lincoln Center for our New York premiere and to the Music Box Theater for our Chicago premiere. This past Monday we had a wonderful evening screening and answering questions at the Jacob Burns Film Center. And it's all just the beginning!

None of this would have even been possible were it not for the tremendous support and enthusiasm of our generous Kickstarter backers. We feel very fortunate to have your support and we're very grateful to you for it. Thank you so much!

**Our next two screenings will be in Washington, DC and Los Angeles. If you chose a premiere ticket for your reward and you'll be in D.C. or Los Angeles, please let us know that you'd like to come to the screening. And if you won't be in town, no need to fret. There will be more opportunities in the very near future!

Throughout the summer we've been hard at work to put together a distribution plan for the movie that reflects the DIY spirit in which it was made, and in which you helped us to make it. And now, we're overjoyed to tell you that beginning in September... The 78 Project Movie is playing in theaters nationwide! We're honored to be presenting the film in person at the Library of Congress on September 5th, in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent Theater on September 10 and then in many more cities as our Official Release Tour kicks off. Where we go is up to you!

You can bring The 78 Project Movie to a theater near you!

Would you like to host a screening of The 78 Project Movie in your hometown? We’ll be thrilled to have you join our team!

As part of our getting the movie out into theaters, we're very happy to announce that we've partnered up with Gathr Films, whose Theatrical On Demand® approach enables audiences to bring The 78 Project Movie to a theater in their own hometown. Community is at the heart of The 78 Project Movie and we’re excited to be able to use Gathr’s innovative system to share the film with you and your friends in the same grassroots spirit in which it was made. The process is simple and very straightforward: simply go to this Hosting page for The 78 Project Movie and Click on the Gathr It! button. You will be asked a few basic questions about the date, time and place you would like to have the screening, and you’ll hear back by email confirming that your screening is approved, and you can start spreading the word! We’ll also send you helpful information on promoting your screening.

Hosting a screening is easy and fun. You can make an exciting night of it and invite your friends, turn it into a beautiful community gathering. It’s the perfect way to bring an evening of music and film to your favorite theater or event space, and with our help and the help of our Theatrical On Demand® partner Gathr, it’ll be simple to make it a big success!

We couldn’t have made The 78 Project Movie without the help of friends like you around the country and around the world. And we’re so excited to share this next part of the adventure with you, bringing the film to the big screens and to life!

Rewards update

If you chose a DVD for your reward, we wanted to let you know that we are now in the process of putting together the packaging for the DVD, which will be available to you prior to its official release date. Since we'll need to first get through the theatrical run of the film, we'll be able to give you more specific DVD dates in the coming months. Thank you for your patience, it won't be long now!

Film Society of Lincoln Center to screen The 78 Project Movie

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On August 5, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will screen The 78 Project Movie as part of the Sound + Vision series.  We hope we'll see you there!

We're thrilled to announce that The 78 Project Movie will have its New York Premiere on August 5 as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Sound + Vision series. It's an honor to be showing The 78 Project Movie at the beautiful Walter Reade Theater, and it will be a joy to share this film with our first hometown audience.

To celebrate this momentous hometown screening at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, we will be on hand at the theater with our Presto and cameras and a special guest musician to demonstrate the exciting process of cutting a 78rpm record live. We'll also share a few stories from our travels across America to shoot The 78 Project Movie.

This will be the second edition of The Film Society of Lincoln Center Sound + Vision series, the annual documentary series that explores a diverse range of music, artists, genres and styles from all over the world, and we're honored to be among such a fantastic lineup of music docs.

If you chose a premiere ticket for your reward, and you'll be in New York, please let us know that you'd like to come to this screening! And if you won't be in town, no need to fret. There will be more opportunities in the future.

Tickets for Sound + Vision will go on sale Thursday, July 10 through www.filmlinc.com

In the coming months we'll have more exciting news about the movie. It will be showing in theaters around the country, and you'll even have the chance to request a screening in your own town!

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The Austin Chronicle wrote a review of The 78 Project Movie from our world premiere at SXSW: SXSW Film Review: ‘The 78 Project Movie’ With a hiss, crackle, and pop, musicians get to turn back time

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The Oxford American recently invited us to relate a firsthand account from our trip last year to southern Louisiana. Read about and watch footage from our time with the Cajun Stump Jumper, Gerard Dupuy, in the Oxford American.

The 78 Project Movie World Premiere at SXSW Film Festival in March!

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It is with great joy that we're writing to you today. We're a little delirious from the whirlwind week, but we couldn't wait another second to tell you the news.

The 78 Project Movie will have its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March!!

That's right! The movie is finished (well, it will be by the time we head to Texas) and the people we most want to share this enormous moment with are you all. Since that amazing day a year and a half ago when you believed in us enough to pledge your hard-earned dollars to help make this movie happen, we've been looking forward to the day when we would have a finished movie to show you. That day is almost here, and we're thrilled to share it with you.

What does this mean?

So many things!

First, we can't imagine a better way to debut the movie than at SXSW. It's an innovative festival with excellent musical traditions, and The 78 Project Movie will find a receptive audience there. It's an honor to be invited. We're thrilled.

Secondly, the world premiere of the movie opens up the doors for more screenings, and more opportunities for us to fulfill those rewards at all levels that are due a ticket to see the movie. Speaking of which: if you are a backer due a ticket, and you are planning to be at SXSW, please write us an email to contact@the78project.com. We may have a festival screening ticket for you!

After the festival, we'll also have more news for you on the different ways you'll be able to see the movie. We haven't made any final decisions on distribution yet, but when we do, you'll be the first to know, because you'll need to be distributed your tickets and copies of the film!

Finally, and most importantly, we wouldn't be here, preparing our film to be screened for the very first time, if not for your help. This achievement is yours, too! Thank you and thank you again.