Mandorla's new trailer has just been finished and is being well received! Have a look for yourself on Vimeo, YouTube, or right here (subtitles available in French and Spanish, use CC) and then send us a note and let us know what you think?
And now, saving the best for last, the big news.
PAUL ZAENTZ PRESENTS MANDORLA
Paul Zaentz produced, along side his uncle Saul, some of the most memorable and intelligent American and international cinema of our time: Amadeus, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, The English Patient, and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Some time ago, I gave Paul a copy of Mandorla to view when he had time. I didn't hear anything back for several months, which is understandable. Paul is a very busy fellow—developing an exciting new film project, tending many of The Zaentz Film Company's film properties, and, few people actually know this, the rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, which they've owned since 1976. Yep. You read that right. The portal to Middle Earth resides in the shire of Berkeley!
A few weeks ago I received a message from Paul. He had just watched Mandorla and was moved by the film on a personal level. It was the same reaction we had from people who spoke to us after screenings at the Julien Dubuque International Film festival.
I told Paul our goal for Mandorla is for it to be seen by as many people as possible so that others may have the same experience. To help with that, and help Mandorla get the awareness and consideration it needs, I asked Paul if he would consider "presenting" the film. This is something rare among filmmakers, and something he has never done. Paul said he would be honored to have his name on the film. Without question, the honor is mine.
I shared this news with an email to a well-regarded film festival director and programmer. They wrote back (the same day) with congratulations and an invitation to submit the film for their consideration, and they waived the entry fee (also rare in filmmaking). Other festivals followed suit. Thank you, Paul.
The plan ahead, after fall festivals, is to release Mandorla in late October or November, so you too can see this film.
Meanwhile, stay with us, we have a lot more to share as we go!