This past Saturday a packed audience for the first US public screening of "Spirit of Love",the Mike "Stinger" Glenn story http://youtu.be/Iga_dcMggGA was filled with laughs,tears,and cheers in Houston at the TX Christian film festival.
Sometimes its difficult for people to understand the process regarding marketing and selling and promoting an indie feature film.It is not about just showing it anywhere.Its about strategy.Its about getting distribution.Its about putting this open captioned film on the big screen so that both deaf and hearing people can enjoy it side by side.Its about finding the right strategic distribution partners who understand our project and the bigger picture and demographic of our targeted audience,which happens to be very broad.
We were invited to screen at the festival and as I was gently reminded today "Sometimes you have to dance with the one who brought you." In other words they invited us with a full court press.
The film was well received with great positive responses from both Deaf,HOH,and hearing audience members of all ages.Actually the age range started at age 5 thru 90.Part of the process for us included providing comment cards for feedback.We wanted to know what people thought and felt regarding our film and our story.
Those who were able to screen it were overwhelmingly grateful,thankful,and inspired by our amazing cast.
As a filmmaker I have never experienced the applause and cheers at the end of the credits like we did this weekend.It was very touching.
One audience member stated that our film has a "Sweet Innocence" lacking in todays films and may be the "Feel good" movie of the year.Its definitely early in the process but we will stand on that tasty morsal.
We participated in a Q&A following the screening with interpreters.All audience members were animated and engaged in an hour long discussion.
It was a wonderful experience for all of us from the Spirit of Love family who were able to attend.