Sunday, March 19, 2006

Florida Film Festival - March 26

Next stop - the Florida Film Festival! The good news is that we all live in Florida, so this is an easy one for us to attend. The web page for DNWA is: http://www.floridafilmfestival.com/films/007164.html

The not-so-great news is that we're showing at 11:00AM on a Sunday. DUH! This is the SOUTH! Everyone will be at church! Who goes to movies on a Sunday morning anyway?

Honestly, though - we are extremely grateful that DNWA has been accepted by so many different film festivals. It is doing better than our wildest dreams!

Check the DNWA website - soon we'll have a downloadable trailer that is iPod compatible.

Not Sure About IBFF

We're back from Atlanta and the Independent Black Film Festival. The crowd was light due to the fact that the IBFF stuck us out in the middle of nowhere -
*** (Lithonia???) ***
- and did little or no promotion. We don't know what the problem was with the organizers of this fest, but the whole thing felt like vapor-ware.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

March 14 - Indie Black Film Fest Showing



We're on the road again! Just after recovering from the film fest in San Jose, we're off to Hot-Lanta to compete in the Independent Black Film Festival. The complete schedule can be found at: http://www.indieblackfilm.com/CINEFE_Schedule.pdf .

Come and introduce yourselves to us! We love to get feedback on DNWA and how it has affected you.

Regardz,
Jeremy Dean
Stephen Cobb
Chey Cobb

Racism - What's the Answer?

DNWA deals with racism, both in the past and at present. Obviously, we still have a LONG way to go to make people colorblind, but we can't stop working at it.

What are YOUR ideas for moving forward and eradicating racism in America? We'd really like to hear from you.

DNWA as Education

Just prior to the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, Director Jeremy Dean toured many of the historic black colleges in Florida to show the film to students and faculty. These viewings were facilitated by Florida Senator Tony Hill (www.flsenate.gov/legislators/Senate/S01).

ALL the viewings at the colleges were met with rave reviews and tremendous enthusiasm. What's even better, though, is the fact that DNWA gets people talking again ... whether we like it or not, racism is rampant in America and we have to expose it, show it for what it is, before we can get past it. It's like the elephant in the room that no one wants to mention. It's there. It's big. And it's leaving big turds everywhere. Somehow we, as individuals, have to find our own ways of eradicating racism. Education is definiately one of the methods we can use to start meaningful discussions.

Speaking of education, Sen. Hill is talking about introducing a bill in the Senate that would make DNWA part of the yearly school curriculum. That means that every student in Florida would be REQUIRED to view DNWA. How cool is that?

Let us know if you have other ideas on how to expand viewership of DNWA.

Support DNWA - Buy a T-Shirt!




You can help support the Dare Not Walk Alone Foundation (a legal, non-profit organization) by purchasing your very own DNWA t-shirt and messenger bag at CafePress (http://www.cafepress.com/DNWA). Five dollars of every purchase goes to the foundation. Thanks in advance for your support!!

Friday, March 03, 2006

SJ Buzz and Beyond

DNWA is building quite a buzz here at Cinequest in San Jose (a huge shout out to Shawn Martin for advance work!) The showings are coming up tomorrow (Saturday the 4th at 2PM at Camera 12, Sunday the 5th at noon, same place).

And the Florida Film Festival venue has just been announced:
Sunday, March 26, the Enzian Theater, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Check here for more.

Buzz on blogs and news sites is also growing. Google "Dare Not Walk Alone" to check it out. Also check out the DNWA store at Cafe Press. Cool t-shirts and other items are now available and each item purchased generates $5 toward future screenings of the film.