It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted and it seems that I’ll be posting less frequently until I get confirmations from streaming channels that my movie was purchased for streaming. When I first submitted my film to the distribution platform, they altered the images I created to fit their submission guidelines but I was completely shocked with the quality of the graphics! It was out of brand and I was really taken aback as to why anyone would alter the graphics for the movie instead of just rejecting the assets and have me do it again. Instead, the rep for the platform decided he wanted to make graphics for my movie himself?? I complained to him and set up a Zoom meeting to fix it but the dude cancelled on the minute of our meeting like a total pro. I was so pissed!
The following week, he messaged me to say that any changes I request at this point will cost me $50 and I was like, ‘Oh hell nah!’ First the guy messed with my graphics then flaked on our meeting, now he wants to charge me for changes?? I was infuriated so I went on LinkedIn to search his name, found him, then looked at this post activity, found out he just started 3 months prior and included his new boss on his post. I messaged her and told her what happened like a real Karen. Lo and behold, he messages and tells me that he’ll waive the charge and fix the issue, thanks to his manager’s direction. Sometimes, being a Karen is the best thing to do. Just let their managers deal with them.
But now, the movie has been sitting idle on the queue and there hasn’t been any channels that picked it up for streaming. I was told I have to wait up to several months. I guess I’ll be patient for now. Meanwhile, I will be releasing the official music video for A Lesson In Trust, featured on the soundtrack album. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the Like button because every single thing counts. Thank you!!
I’m so stoked to announce that Love Letter Templates – The Movie was officially selected for screening by Arizona Underground Film Festival and will show at The Screening Room in Tucson, Arizona on September 24, 2021 at 10:15 PM!!!! I AM ECSTATIC!! This is another major milestone and I can feel it coming in the air tonight!!
I’m also happy to receive notice of an official selection for Berlin Art Film Festival in Germany! This means we will screen online and will be entered into a competition toward a theatrical showing later this year. If we do get picked and travel safety permitting, let’s have our passports ready!
I am humbled and realistic about all this, if you are wondering. Yes, I am all air-guitars right now but I also know that the road is long and there is so much work to do. What I do know is what I remember my mother telling me when I was young. She said, “there is nothing worse than never getting the opportunity than to have it come and not be ready.” Thanks mom. I’ll keep improving!
Listen to the first episode of Love Letter Templates – The Podcast. In this episode, I talk about updates regarding the film festival journey, copyright clearances, machine language translation challenges, professional feedback, upcoming guests, and new collaborators. Check it out!
New podcast intro
How to deal with online trolls and rejection letters
I wanted to quickly update everyone that the movie was submitted to five more festivals last Monday. The festivals are as follows:
LA Punk Film Festival
AltFF Film Festival
Austin Revolution Film Festival
Cult Movies International Film Festival
Toronto Independent Film Awards
The movie has now been submitted to a total of 20 film festivals and passed the requirements and qualifications for their consideration. Here are the total film festivals and their notification dates:
I followed up with the first set of entries with the closest notification dates and sent them an email with the augmented movie poster and link to the new podcast. Toronto Independent wrote back with a thank you note and said that they will flag my submission. I was thrilled! I offered to send that person a free copy of the movie soundtrack but I hope it didn’t come off as a bribe attempt (which it was).
To support the festival entries, I’ve started on a targeted audience campaign in the cities where the festivals are happening. For my first round, I targeted New York City, Tucson, Toronto, and Berlin. Those ads are now in circulation on social media primarily in those cities to help generate some buzz. I also understand better now how important a street team is in promoting this movie. Similar to having a band, it’s important to continuously promote and hand out flyers, if you will, to convert people from ‘not knowing’ to ‘being interested’ and, eventually, ‘stage diving’ with an ‘autograph my man boobs please’ t-shirt.
The augmented movie posters will be a series of large prints intended for wall posts. These movie posters will trigger hidden ads and info when viewed with an AR viewer app, which can be downloaded via the QR code on the poster. Check it out!
If you haven’t already, make sure to sign up for the movie screening on September 20, 2021. Visit the site at http://lovelettertemplates.movie and subscribe to the newsletter and receive phrase keys to unlock the movie on the screening date.
Another podcast episode and bonus materials coming this Friday! Stay tuned!!