It’s interesting being in the final phase of the Sonic Divide project. I’ve now watched the film 5 times on the big screen. Each time I think of things I could have done better from a film perspective, but I also see many things I’m proud of. I’m curious to see whether it will be accepted to any film festivals. Fingers crossed. So far the response from people at the pre-screenings has been very, very strong. That makes me happy. Even if the project has flaws, at least people are experiencing something meaningful on an emotional level.
Many people have asked me what’s happening with the Sonic Divide film. We’ve had three wonderful pre-screenings in New York City, William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, and Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Next week we have a pre-screening in Boulder, Colorado. These pre-screenings gave me a chance to see how the film looks on the big screen. They’ve also given me a chance to see how the audience reacts. So far everyone loves it and they’re all laughing in the right places, so it’s working beautifully.
While these are going on I’m also busy submitting the film to film festivals. So far I’ve submitted it to 12 festivals, including ones in New Jersey, Arkansas, New York, Minnesota, Vermont, Montreal, and even India. My criteria for selecting a festival has been one that I have a chance of getting in (i.e., not Sundance . . . ), and is close enough to drive or I have family or friends there.
So, wish me luck. If you know of a festival that you think would be a good match please let me know.
This is a big week. Tonight we are screening the film at William Paterson University, which I’m really excited about. Then, on Saturday (April 8) I’m giving a TEDx talk about the Sonic Divide project (and the event is sold out). The very next day I’m performing a percussion and vocal recital at Montana State University that includes Sonic Divide compositions by Eric Funk, Michael Gordon, Blake Tyson, and Reena Esmail. And then another film screening, also at Montana State University. If you live close by I hope you’ll join us!
It’s exciting to have the poster done. And we’re heading to the finish line with the film with the first pre-screenings just a month away . . .