The screenings at Twilly’s Sports Bar and the Ontonagon Theater had great turnouts. I don’t know how many people attended Twilly’s but well over 100. I do know she sold 92 pasties for sure. I counted 55 at the Ontonagon Theater. I was happy to see many leaseholders in attendance. Some I hadn’t seen in over a year when I drove up to their camp and met them for the first time to interview them. I even received a 2015 season camp shirt from the Yellow Dog Hunt Club. It’s a little big. They don’t order ladies shirts at that camp. I love it though and hope it’s not the last season shirt they make.
Now I need to show the film outside of Ontonagon County. I’ve submitted it to a dozen film festivals across the country; Ann Arbor, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Lansing, Seattle, San Francisco, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in North Carolina. And one in the UK for the heck of it.
In researching festivals the main one I want to get my film in now is the American Film Institute’s Documentary Film Festival held in Washington D.C. in June. Part of the festival’s mission states “While numerous festivals exist to exhibit the art of documentary films, AFI DOCS takes the festival experience to another level by providing filmmakers with unprecedented access to government officials. This landmark festival shines a light on some of the most critical issues of our time and gives filmmakers the education and support needed to engage with leaders, advocate for a cause and take the steps towards changing policy.” This is where my film needs to be shown. All I can do is apply and hope that they accept my film into the festival.
If you know of any small festivals or venues to show the film please give me a shout. Use the contact page or find me on Facebook.
The film will be seen outside of Michigan soon. Every day there is a new DVD order in my email inbox. Today I mailed out DVD’s across the state and country: Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Arizona. Watch it, share it and spread the word about it. Please. I need some help in the marketing department.
I’ve sold, sent to lawmakers and leaseholders, 200 DVD’s. Many more than I expected to at this point. Don’t worry if you haven’t received your DVD yet. I’m making more! Click here to order one! I also put some out for sale at the Settler’s Feed Mill, Twilly’s Sports Bar and Big Valley Ford. The Feed Mill sold 22 already!
The day before the opener of gun deer season (Nov 14) I threw some DVD’s in the back of the ATV and my friend (aka “grip/production assistant”) Kara and I took a ride down the Middle Branch between Bond Falls and Agate Falls and visited some of the camps in the film. It was great visiting the camps and the guys I met while filming the documentary; catching up, drinking a beer and hearing tales of last year’s wintery deer season. Bittersweet you might say as some mentioned it may be the last hunting season in their camp. I wish I would have visited more and I had time to visit all the camps I met over the past year. I hope to see you all again.
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