So it's been awhile since I've posted so I figured I'd write
an update. So much has happened in the last two months and we are
all excited with the film's progress. We are proud to announce that
we won "Best Documentary Feature" at the Stella Artois
Cinema STL Filmmakers Showcase, due largely to the enthusiasm of the
fans that attended our sold out festival WIP(Work in Progress)
The production of Give a Damn? over the last four
years has been a roller coaster of accomplishment and disappointment
which has tested our resolve on multiple occasions to complete the
film that we set out to make. There was a period of 3-4 months
that I completely withdrew from the project due to frustration and
the financial opportunity cost that were a byproduct of chasing our
dream. After watching the film with 440 people and receiving a
standing ovation, I was overcome by a feeling of much needed closure
and excitement. For the first time in many years I felt that
sacrifice and struggle were finally overshadowed by success of the
film. Dan and I were in attendance for this showing, however David
was unable to attend because he was in Malawi working on his non-profit "When The Saints".
Although Dan and I very
much enjoyed the screening, it did not feel complete with David not
in attendance. Soon after the Tivoli screening, David returned
to the country and now it is amazing to have had the full team
present for the most recent screenings of the film. Although we
are all very different, we are starting to merge very well as a
presentation team and the Q and A section of the film has been very
strong because of that.
After years of begging the public to
take notice, people are starting to pay attention and interest in the
film seems to be exploding. Although the film has not had it's
official red carpet premiere, we are currently touring the WIP cut
around the STL area at college and high school campus's. The
first two screenings at Washington University and Florissant Valley
Community College were very well received and we are excited for the
handful of dates that we have lined up in the next month or so.
other big news that I have is that we were excepted into Heartland
International Film Festival as well as the St. Louis
International Film Festival, taking place in October and November
respectively. Both are major film festivals (St. Louis is an Oscar qualifier) and needless to
say we are extremely excited to be a part of these festivals.
we reached an agreement with an agent that will help us book showings
around the country, that will most likely be happening in the Spring
of next year. If you would like to start the process of
bringing Give a Damn? to your campus, please send an e-mail
In my next blog I will be presenting some of the most
common questions that we received during the Question and Answer
section of the movie as well as my general responses. If you
would like to ask a question, please leave it in the comments for
this blog and I will respond in the next one.
taking the time to read this.