Late last week I submitted the film to the Ann Arbor Film Festival. I had to pay the late deadline fee. Better late than never. February 1st I will find out if the film is accepted into the festival or now. Cross your fingers.
I concentrated on finishing the film before looking up film festivals. I checked out Sundance’s website the other day. Their submission deadline was September 28th. I would be disappointed but if I submitted and it was accepted I couldn’t screen the film publicly here before it screened there. I think everyone around here wants to see it before next February! And who knows if they would have even accepted it!
If you haven’t seen my Facebook or the home page or gotten an email or read the Ottawa Shopper today, I’m premiering the film Saturday, October 17th at the Ewen-Trout Creek High School. Admission is free and open to the public. Two screenings at 4:30 and 7:00 (that is eastern as a reminder for my central time zone compadres). It is in the high school cafeteria/auditorium. No guarantee how comfy the chairs are but if you’re a parent of kids at E-TC you’ve already had to sit in them for a couple hours Christmas program.
A concession stand will be available at the premiere. The E-TC Booster Club and Community Youth Enrichment Team will be hosting it. After the film, stop by Twilly’s Sports Bar in Bruce Crossing for a free slice of pizza and show your film ticket for 50 cents off your first drink (beer, mixer, wine). After the 7:00 show I’ll be there. Probably around 9:30 or so. Long day!
I plan to screen the film again Friday, November 13th for those that can’t make the premiere and those that are only here in the Yoop during hunting season. Location and time TBD. Stay tuned!
Today I plan to burn a few quick DVD’s and mail out to lawmakers and federal agencies. The primary purpose of producing this film was to persuade those who can change the policies to do so.
Next on my agenda. Survive the premiere, cut out segments for Michigan Out of Doors, submit it to more film festivals, promote it more and produce DVD copies after I figure out how to make a (good) DVD menu.
The next step is also to continue trying to convince the USFS to let us stay. If anyone has any ideas on that one, please let me know! I hope to start working with U.S. Senator Gary Peters local office very soon. Unfortunately Congressman Dan Benishek claims there is nothing more he can do for us. The USFS is holding tight to their decision. Leaseholders who contacted his office received a disappointing letter last week. It could be easy to feel defeated but if state lawmakers in Michigan are on our side and we keep gaining more attention, I still have hope.