Sunday, April 15, 2007

Update on our progress

I have yet to hear of a personal documentary project such as this one that didn't take at least twice the expected time to complete. This film is no exception :)

I've been making excellent progress on the editing in the last few months. Though it's been stop and start as life and passion play their intimate dance, I've begun see the complex story begin to take a meaningful shape. I wish everyone could experience the intricacy and depth of these stories as much as I have, sifting through the words and images again and again, finding the threads that connect one to each other. It's a dramatic story, filled with heartbreak and hope, and I only hope in the telling to mirror the vividness of the real thing.

We are holding a preview screening in a week to test of a few elements of the story... and to tame the rabid fans who've been waiting two years since we first began production :) Since the finished film won't be out for awhile longer, I wanted to give everybody a glimpse into the story... because it is an amazing story.

It won't be the full experience... much of the creativity and beauty will be put into the film at later stages. I'm particularly excited about the opportunity to return to Rwanda with a camera that can capture the beauty of the place and people in much better fidelity than what we've been working with. Though at each stage we've been cutting edge for a low-budget indie production, technology has advanced a great deal since we began. I think you'll be blown away if you get the chance to see this new footage on a large screen.

Come out if you can next Saturday. And if not... keep your eyes plugged here for more news.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Preview Screening

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Two rough cut screenings of the film Rwanda: Hope Rises will be shown on April 21st at the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. I've cut together a half-hour of the film showcasing the primary storylines. We're having this screening to get your feedback on the film before we undertake the final stage of filming. We want you to be a film critic for a day! Please come out and join us at the event. I'll also be displaying my photography.

The two screenings will take place on Saturday afternoon at 1pm and 3pm and the event is open to the public at no charge. Donations will be accepted. The theatre is located at 1181 Seymour Street (at Davie) in Vancouver. Please invite your friends and family.

This event is generously being hosted by The Wellspring Foundation. If you could e-mail Richard to let him know how many will be coming from your group that would help us prepare for extra numbers... but if you decide to come last minute, all are welcome!

If you are on facebook you can see more details and RSVP by following this link.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Never Again is Again


Our friend Sara Macdonald is organizing a benefit concert for the film, entitled 'Never Again is Again'. The intention is both to raise money for the film, and raise awareness about the current situation in Darfur. While not as cohesive and identifiable as the events of the Rwandan genocide, they are no less serious.

You can check out more on their blog here.

[ UPDATE: ]
Tickets are now available at Zulu Records in Vancouver.

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