|Photo by Kristin Rievley|
I honestly thought that was the end of my journey with my first feature film, and I was comfortable with that. I shifted my focus to establishing a digital distribution deal (for iTunes, etc.) and the design/manufacturing of DVDs. The film was invited to a few more festivals in the Pacific Northwest, Brazil and Knoxville. I treated myself to a couple of restorative trips to Montauk and New Orleans. THE END.
Or not. One of my major goals had been to bring the film home to Chattanooga for a theatrical run, and the traditional models of yore dictated that you had to have a theatrical distributor to accomplish such goals. But things have changed. I discovered that I was able to book the Chattanooga Majestic on my own for a week-long run, so that happened in October, and it exceeded all expectations. We were treated so well by the press (check out these great features from NPR, CBS Atlanta and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution), embraced by the community, and I had the honor of connecting with so many groups, from Chattanooga Valley Middle School (where we talked about horror films the whole time!) to Ridgeland High School (my alma mater) to a Centering Prayer Group on Lookout Mountain. I will forever cherish that time.
|Original Artwork by Aubrey Meng Zhu|
Nearly eight months since the tour ended, and this journey continues to surprise and amaze me. You have three more days to catch Sahkanaga on the big screen at Brooklyn's reRun Theater and Atlanta's historic Plaza Theatre! I really hope you can make it.
I guess what I'm learning is that there is no end. The film will continue to wind its way through this great big world, and more filmmakers will join the Circuit with their hopes and dreams, and we'll keep intersecting, sharing moments of connection and curiosity.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for watching. Thanks for Southern Circuiting.