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Bending and TUGGing

October 16, 2014

Earlier in the week, I was lamenting on my Facebook page that there’s nothing worse than coming home from a film fest.  It’s tough to put into words that don’t make me sound like a free-loading drunkard, but suffice to say spending an intense few days submerged in the purest form of filmmaking is amazing.  Also there tends to be lots of free booze, which is always exciting.

In case you came in late, over the weekend the boys and I travelled to Oregon to take in the festivities at the BendFILM festival.  And man, it was GREAT!

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In case you needed proof that we were there

First of all, that town is like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting.  Beautiful scenery, adorable old town, and 25(!!) breweries within the city limits.  To some that’d be a pretty cool place to  be, but to me it’s just about heaven.  Sweet booze-y heaven.

Stupid Beautiful Bend.

Stupid Beautiful Bend.

Our first screening, Friday night, was in the wonderful Volcanic Theatre Pub, a great black box theater next to a brewery (statistically speaking, that’s not uncommon up there).  That night we played to a house so full I’m tempted to call it a full house.  So there, it played to a full house, try to disprove it!  After the screening, we subjected the audience to our vaudevillian QnA act that hopefully left the crowd with nothing but rosy feelings (one can only hope!).

The Boys at Volcanic

Not Pictured: Matt’s bad jokes

Our second and final screening, Saturday Night, was in the awesome-in-a-different-way Tin Pan Alley Theater which in a bit of a PNW fake out was next to a coffee house instead of a brewery (still not uncommon statistically).  On our replay, counter programming to the big End of the Fest party, people still turned out in respectful numbers, leaving only a smattering of seats.  Little did it matter though, as the good vibes emanated from the screen, infecting the audience with positive feelings.

Tin Pan Alley

They had to make up for no brewery next door by adding a bar. I think it’s a city ordinance.

After the screening -and after another stellar QnA, if I say so myself- we spent the rest of the night chatting with the owners about the scene and the fest, when they dropped a revelation on us.  Our very own Hugo Armstrong was in another movie in the festival!  WHAT!?!  And they had a copy of it there at the theater!  DOUBLE WHAT!?!

Hugo When you were mine

Hugo’s giving out free tickets to the Gun Show.

The movie, WHEN YOU WERE MINE, is a treat.  I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s about Hugo, his on-screen wife, and preparing for Hugo’s affliction.  That’s about as vague/intriguing as I can get.  But fantastic stuff from MIchelle Witten, who I unfortunately never got the chance to meet and swap Hugo stories with.  Oh well, next fest!

After all that excitement, our time in Bend drew to a close and I found myself whisked away from the dewey mountains of Central Oregon and plopped back down in the unseasonably hot Los Angeles.  It was quite a shift.

(For more photos of our Bend adventure, go over to our Facebook page)

But, to help alleviate my feelings of withdrawal, we have two big screenings of LOVE IN THE TIME OF MONSTERS in the next couple of weeks!  And it’s just what the doctor ordered.

Tonight at 830 -or Thursday, if you’re reading this any other day than right now- we have a screening in downtown Burbank at a real deal AMC theater.  Organized by our friends at TUGG and supported by fans like you, this will hopefully be the first of many screenings in the Los Angeles area.  We’re looking forward to a great time tonight and hope to see you all there!

As if that wasn’t enough, we have another screening happening in Woodinville (which Andy informs me is outside of Seattle) NEXT WEEK!  Those tickets are still on sale and you have plenty of time to go get ‘em!  So here, I’m leaving this link here for you so you can go do just that.  Now you have one less excuse.

We’re already planning out some more TUGG screenings, but don’t wait for us.  If we’re not acting fast enough and you really want a screening in your home town of Tucson, or Boise, or Knoxville, head on over to the TUGG page and start setting one up.  And who knows, if you ask really nicely, we might come out for it too.

In the meantime, please check out the twitter, the Facebook, and the youtube for any and all information about Love in the Time of Monsters.  As always, there’s lots of cool stuff afoot, and you don’t want to be the last to know.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go figure out what fancy shirt to wear tonight.

Get Ready To Bend

October 10, 2014

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We’re here in beautiful Bend, OR for the (appropriately named) BendFilm Festival and boy is this town great!  Everyone is so welcoming and friendly, which as Mike said, may or may not have to do with the 10 breweries within walking distance or downtown.

If you’re  in the area, our screening times are tonight (Friday) at the Volcanic Theatre @ 10:30pm and tomorrow at the Tin Pan Theater also @ 10:30pm.  After a day of more serious-minded documentaries and films, we are definitely in the “palette-cleanser” role at the festival. If you stop by, make sure you say hi!

To get in the mood, make sure you check out this great preview of the festival by Bend Source Weekly featuring a cool interview with us.  Link

 

A great note from our host family. This place looks like a house from a movie!

A great note from our host family. This place looks like a house from a movie! And they have chickens roaming the backyard!

 

In other news, our LA (Burbank) screening is now on! You can still buy tickets for the October 16th screening on TUGG.com, let’s make it a sell-out!  Also, the Seattle (Woodinville) screening on October 22nd is getting close to selling enough tickets-only 30 more to go. Don’t forget to buy your tickets, and tell your friends!

With all the things happening movie-wise, make sure you follow us on Facebook, twitter, and youtube.  Don’t miss the day to day updates!

 

Washington Premiere!

September 22, 2014

Super excited to announce the Love In The Time Of Monsters premiere in Washington!  It will be playing at the AMC/Loews in Woodinville, October 22nd @ 8:30pm.

As mentioned last week by Matt, tickets are available through TUGG.com.  That means the screening only happens if we meet the ticket threshold by the deadline on October 15.

Here’s what you do to get them:

Step 1 – Click on this link

Step 2- Purchase a ticket

Step 3 – Tell your friends and everyone you know to buy tickets too.

Step 4 – Come see the movie October 22nd!  (assuming we sell enough tickets)

I’ll even be in attendance to do a Q&A after the screening!  How’s that for added value? (Actually, don’t answer that)

I’m so stoked to be bringing the film back to my hometown theater. So many memories and films at that place.  Like the time I stood in line to see Star Wars: Episode 1 and had a guy in an inflatable Darth Maul chair sitting next to me.  Some things you just can’t forget.

 

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Picture not to scale

 

So come join me in October and we can make some memories of our own! (Bigfoot inflatable chair not included)

Our First TUGG Screening – Burbank 10/16 @ 830pm

September 16, 2014

Okay, here we go!

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Our first official TUGG event is up and running!  But to make it a success, we need you to buy tickets!  Go tell your friends, family, strangers, baristas, or whoever about it so we can have a great screening.

Thanks to the team at TUGG, we’ve secured a venue at the AMC Town Center 6 in Burbank (That’s the outdoor one behind the Barnes and Noble) for Thursday October 16.  Even better, it’ll show at a reasonable hour!  Come see the movie after work at 8:30!  So you can come see the movie and still get home for your 11 o’clock bed time.  What more could you want?!

But it’s not going to happen without your help, so here’s what you need to do:

Step 1 – Click on this link

Step 2- Purchase a ticket

Step 3 – Tell your friends and everyone you know to buy tickets too.

Step 4 – Come see the movie October 16!  (assuming we sell enough tickets)

As an added bonus, us guys will be there for a short QnA after the screening.  And we’ll probably be available for drinks after that if you twist our arms.

We’re very much looking forward to having a great screening, I hope that we can work together to make it a reality!

Coming Soon to a Theater Near YOU!

September 10, 2014

How would you like to see Love in the Time of Monsters on the big screen in your home town?  Awesome, right?  Well, now you have the chance.

Starting today, we are officially launching a TUGG campaign for Love in the Time of Monsters so we can bring it (and potentially us) to you and show it on the big screen. 

How exciting is that!?!

THIS COULD BE YOUR HOMETOWN!

THIS COULD BE YOUR HOMETOWN!

So, let me explain how this works. 

TUGG is a wonderful web service that allows movies like ours (low budget indie affairs) to get the theatrical distribution that we’ve dreamt of without the harsh realities of back end costs and terrible box office returns (see any indie movie with a wide release).  The way they do this is a through crowd sourcing.  I tend to explain it as kickstarter for theatrical programing.

I can see you scratching your head, just stick with me, I promise it’ll make sense.

Okay, so say you’re in…  Tampa Bay, Florida and you’re a huge fan of the movie but haven’t been able to make it to any of our west coast screenings.  All you have to do is hop onto TUGG, find our movie (or just follow this link, you know, whatever) and request a screening in your area.

When you request a screening, you’ll be presented with some options:  Dates, times, venues.  Pick what works best for you, write a brief description of the event (like: Come see this awesome bigfoot movie!  It rocks!), and hit submit.  After a couple of days of processing, a page for the event should pop up and then it’s time to start getting butts in the seats.

Here’s where the ‘kickstarter’ part comes in.  Now that a screening has been requested, it’s up to you (the host) to get the word out and make sure the screening hits a certain threshold of tickets sold.  Essentially this number is derived from the cost of renting the screen for a couple of hours and the processing stuff on TUGG’s end to actually make the movie available.

If the threshold is met before the timer runs out, you got ourself a screening and Love in the Time of Monsters will show up to your town for your enjoyment.  It’s kinda like VideoOnDemand, but slower and you have to leave your house.

Fun times, right?

Now, because we want our movie to screen in your home town as much as you do, we’re here to help you with the process as much as we can.  Let us know if you’re planning on a screening and we’ll do what we can to pimp and promote it through all of our avenues.

Also, if you let us know before you plan a screening, we can try to make it to the screening for a QnA (assuming we’re invited).  I can’t promise that we can make them all (Flights, bank accounts, and life events make things difficult), but we’ll certainly put forth the effort.  There’s nothing we like more than watching the movie with a crowd.

It’s a lot to take in, I know.  But hey, any questions feel free to shoot ‘em at us via the Facebook, the Twitter, or just leave a comment here so everyone can benefit.  Regardless, I feel like there’s going to be a lot of questions about all this and we’ll probably eventually write up a FAQ for it.

In the meantime, watch this space for news and what-not about future screenings.  I’m currently in the process of setting one up here in LA, but, well, it’s a processing.  As soon as those details firm up, you can bet your sweet bippy you’ll hear about it.

Until then, go check out our page on TUGG and let us know what you think.  (and while you’re there, check to see if there are any other TUGG events in your hood.  You don’t have to just support us.)

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DOESN’T THIS DESERVE TO BE IN A MARQUEE?

We are so super super stoked about all this and are so unbelievably happy to finally have a chance to bring it to you. 

We’ll see you at the movies!

Get Bend (Film Festival)

September 8, 2014

We’re very excited to announce our upcoming Northwest Premiere at the Bend Film Festival in, you guessed it, Bend Oregon!  BendFilm has been named in the top 50 Film Festivals in the country by Moviemaker Magazine and has a great tradition of supporting independent film.

 

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They have generously given us two screening times:

October 10th, 10:30pm @ Volcanic Theatre (and pub!)

October 11th, 10:30pm @ Tin Pan Theater

For the entire festival schedule click here and for the official announcement click here.

We couldn’t be more excited to spend some time up in this awesome city.  Hope you can all join us!  Make sure to let us know you are coming, and make sure you stay tuned to updates here on the blog, Facebook and twitter.  I can say with certainty that a HUGE update is coming later this week; don’t miss it!

PS-Did you see the awesome recap video of our Comic Con adventure?  Check it out on our youtube page!

 

Dispatches from the Con Floor

September 5, 2014

So, I don’t know if you heard, but we went to the San Diego Comic Con this past July.  And yeah, it was pretty awesome.

So awesome in fact, that we decided we should share some of the good times with you.  Like, moreso than we already have.  Anyway, we shot some cool footage and strung it together so we could share the madness with you.

Special thanks to the always amazing Jeff Turner for not only putting on the suit to run around the hot-as-balls convention floor, but also shooting and editing this bit of vlogging for us.

That’s all for now, but trust me, this next week is going to have some fun announcements and some big news.  Until then make sure you’re liking the facebook, following the twitter, and/or the youtube to stay up-to-date on all the latest stuff!

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