We are very pleased to announce that Alliance Française Silicon Valley will present Mandorla, as part of their Cinéma du Mois, at The Aquarius theater in Palo Alto, California, on February 25 at 7PM. Seating is limited and TICKETS (this is our first paid screening!) are expected to sell out shortly!
We will be there with AFSCV's Max Bouchard for Q&A, along with our composer and music supervisor Robert Rich. A reception will follow.
This will launch Mandorla's theatrical release tour. More dates and theaters will be announced shortly. Very exciting to finally project Mandorla on the big screen and meet audiences in person!
Liz and I met Max Bouchard of Alliance Française at a Cinéma du Mois screening last fall and invited him to a private viewing of Mandorla (more on that in the back-back-story). Max loved the main character’s transitions between the inner and outer worlds, and how the film illustrates the challenges of life and work in today’s Silicon Valley. These challenges lead Ernesto to confront the timeless questions of life, identity, and meaning in the old city of Lyon, France.
The special screening mentioned above came about in a special way. Upon returning to the US after a moving screening to cast, crew, family, and friends in Lyon (previous blog), a neighbor wanted to make such a screening happen here at home in California. I mentioned that booking a theater was no small expense but the good neighbor was determined and stated that their goal was "getting the neighborhood to get together and rally around our efforts and to create community support." Liz and I were very touched by this, and still are.
We made the arrangements and the screening filled up immediately.
The night of the screening was, for me personally, a "It's a Wonderful Life" moment.
More developments ahead to share! Stay in touch!