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Every now and then we get some nice messages that really hit home. A couple of them came in recently, a lovely one from Australia, and another from Japan—from supporters who have waited patiently for years and finally enjoyed the experience. See at the end...
Occasionally we get invited out for special screenings and enjoy engaging audiences in person. In May we attended Mandorla’s warmly received screening in Miami to start the International Congress on Consciousness (ICC) hosted by the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC), and sponsored by I-ACT, who also moderated Q&A with the audience.
For us, this was like singing with the choir. We stayed for the conference and explored fascinating subjects we are deeply interested in with scientists, researchers, and people from around the world who are now friends.
While in Florida, Liz convinced me to try something new—a holiday. We went to Key West for a few days, visited Ernest Hemingway’s house, sampled mojitos, took pics of wayward chickens, and had a really great time. But, I have to confess, the overdue “Director’s Intro video" was pressing on my mind, so I gaffer-taped my iPhone to a lamp post (literally), stuck the Mandorla banner on the wall of our BnB, and just shot it with the last bits of daylight! I posted it and then relaxed into our holiday. We may have to have another holiday someday. ; )
In June and July, Mandorla went rollin’ on the Mississippi river. We enjoyed a full house screening and engaging reception at Alliance Française New Orleans and made some new friends. We also did some preliminary scouting for the next film, and finally boarded the "City of New Orleans," the old blues train that Arlo Guthrie sang about (back in 1971) to Memphis.
In Memphis a screening was generously sponsored (thanks to some good friends) by Malco Theaters and promoted by Alliance Française Memphis. Afterward, discussions sparked by the film went late into the night with interesting new and old friends.
Just around the corner from now, we will soon be back in Paris to sit down with our wonderful global distributor, Under The Milky Way, and enjoy a review of this cinematic road less traveled, and new ones ahead. Thanks to Océane Portal there and the UMW team, including co-founder Pierre-Alexandre Labelle in New York, Mandorla has been made available to all corners of the earth.
Mandorla has sold more in Brazil than in any other country, and a very interesting video interview we did in Los Angeles with noted author, teacher, and Brazilian native, Nanci Trivellato, will be released around the first of September! Stay tuned for details.
Ultimately, we see that Mandorla is doing what it is meant to do: inspire people who have inner callings and dreams deep within to face their fears and do what they are meant to do.
Notes from viewers:
"Thank you Roberto (and all involved) for making this important movie. Kept me captivated till the end. Wonderful you took the leap of faith to create it and share with others. I found a lot of small (but how important) messages throughout the whole movie. Those signs are the ones to look out for in our lives and trust they are there for a reason. I connected with your story deeply as it reminded me of my own... finding balance within between the worlds and staying connected has been the hardest part for me. I loved how you used various other movies to reiterate what you mean. I often do that myself. Parabolism. Story telling. Connecting on a different level. Thank you again..."
Wanted to send a quick note to say that I watched Mandorla last night and really, really loved it. What an amazing thing. Such beautiful photography! And an amazing soundtrack as well. Just a fantastic, immersive experience.
I know Lori & I have been, at best, back row bleacher supporters but we've enjoyed being witness to the process. Congrats to you & Liz (and the rest of your team) on seeing this amazing accomplishment through to completion. I can't wait to hear more about your next project.
There is no small way to say this. After five years since production began (and two more since writing) Mandorla is available worldwide. Many of you have supported us for a long time and waited for this moment to arrive. Here it is for you to see at last!
In other news we are very pleased to announce that Mandorla will have special screenings in France and the US in April and May.
Mandorla is returning to Sain-Bel as an official selection for the Festival du Film Rhônealpin. It will screen at the fantastic Le Strapontin cinema there on Wednesday, April 5 at 9 PM. Producer Liz Holdship and I will be attending.
In the US, Mandorla has been selected by the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC) for a special pre-conference screening on May 18, 7:30PM, at the International Congress on Consciousness (ICC) in downtown Miami's James L. Knight Center. Liz and I will attend this screening, hosted by I-ACT, who will also moderate a Q&A with the audience. Seating is limited so purchase tickets here in advance!
More good news is developing so stay-tuned!
P.S. On the film project time-travel front...
It's very nice of our friends at the Illuminate Film Festival to show a pic of Liz and I when we were part of their inaugural Consciousness Cinema Accelerator Project, meeting with Barnet Bain, producer of What Dreams May Come.
I highly recommend this program for all filmmakers with consciousness minded film projects. It helped us dramatically, as we received great guidance from industry leaders and also met distributors who we are currently working with.
We are very pleased to announce that as of today Mandorla is on iTunes and available for pre-order in 62 markets worldwide! More markets soon.
If you have an interest to see and support Mandorla please pre-order here now.
Mandorla iTunes link worldwide: http://apple.co/2lYWfx7
This will dramatically increase our "ranking" within iTunes. It will help it rise to "new and noteworthy" in iTunes and reach more people who don't yet know about our film.
Thank you all who do this in advance! And for sharing this!
Making Mandorla was a great leap of faith and a personal journey within for me. Making it turned my life inside out, and did the same for others. Today, I can tell you it was absolutely for the best. Not only because I realized the dream of making this film, but for what I have seen it inspire in those who see it: the inspiration to realize their own dreams, despite the fear of doing so.
Very pleased to announce that Mandorla is coming to familiar digital platforms worldwide starting March 20, 2017! Our distributor tells us that the list includes, and fortunately is not limited to, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.
We are also in the process of building an exciting new website where you will find links to these platforms and also the option to buy or rent it directly from our site too!
For us, this is the light at the end of our long and challengin journey to bring Mandorla to you, wherever you are. Some of you have waited so patiently for such a long time! We hope you enjoy it and, more than anything, that it offers you inspiration for what you feel called to do in your own life. That's always been our goal.
Will keep you posted as we head to our launch date.
Mandorla’s national release in France began with a première on September 8 in Lyon, the magical city of secrets, where our production began. Advanced press in Le Progrès, LyonPlus, and even a mention on French TV3's Le Pitch Cinéma and national media, did a lot to help build an audience that held Mandorla over at Lyon’s Cinema Opera and then Le Cinema for FOUR WEEKS!!!
UPDATE Mandorla Paris screening
set for 19 October, 21h:
Espace Municipal Jean Vilar
1, rue Paul Signac 94110 Arcueil
RER B, Gare D'arcueil Cachan
Thanks to the enthusiastic support from our French distributor, Jonathan Musset of Wayna Pitch, we road-tripped from Lyon to Sain-Bel, Paris, Belleville, Macon, Nantes, Brittany, Pornic, Civray, and Zûrich. We saw how deeply Mandorla’s story resonated with audiences, and how vital it is to realize one's dream.
We had some unexpected adventures along the way as well. One was arriving at the tiny train station of Belleville. We were two of the three people who got off the train. Nobody else was around and something did not feel right. Liz called our host who was to meet us and asked where she was?
It became clear that we were in the 'wrong' Belleville. The one we were expected at, Belleville-sur-Sâone, was 300km south. We took the next train back to Nancy, where I rented a car and drove us south like mad.
We pulled up to the cinema just as the end credits started to roll…. We entered as the audience applauded and we all engaged in some lively questions and answers.
Time and again, people we had never met opened their minds and hearts to the film, and their homes to us. We enjoyed conversations long into the night in cinema lobbies and people’s homes.
Jonathan, Frédéric, Sandrine & Vincent, Patrick
Jean-Yves & Fabienne, Vincent & Daphné
Serge & Frédérique
Pascal & Lucinda, Erna, Armelle
ARTHURIAN CENTRE - BROCELIANDE
Nicolas & Bruno
PORNIC & NANTES
Jonathan & Fanny
Christelle, Alain & Christine, Margot or was it Manon?
Pablo, Peter & Muriel, Andreas, Monika, Christoph
Pascal & Vanessa
For us, connecting with audiences in this way is absolutely priceless, and is clearly why Mandorla wanted to be made.
And for those of you who have not yet seen Mandorla, a deal is in progress to stream it into homes around the world soon! More on that in the next blog!
Our screenings in France are going super well, we had fantastic receptions by audiences in Lyon and Sain-Bel, and we look forward to upcoming ones in Belleville and then in Pornic, Civray, and Paris. All details can/will be seen on Allocine.
We are also very much looking forward to our special Swiss Première in Zurich at the famous Riffraff Kino on Oct 2 at 18h30 (6:30PM). Tickets have just started to go on sale here at Eventbrite. Please forward this to anyone in Zurich who may want to see the film!
Very, very pleased to announce that Mandorla begins its Sortie Nationale in Lyon at the Cinema Opera on 8 Sept. at 19:30h (7:30PM)! I will be there along with Liz (Producer, Art Director+) to present the film and answer questions afterward. We hope to see you at one of the theaters!
After settling in for a week of screenings week in Lyon (see Facebook album), we will then tour with Mandorla to cinemas in Sain-Bel, Belleville, Pornic, Jard sur Mer, Bressieux, and at last Paris. Information for all screenings (called, séances, interestingly enough) in France can be viewed here on Allocine.fr once they come on-line.
Meanwhile, a giant poster is up at the Opera Cinema and our fabulous French distributor, Jonathan Musset at Wayna Pitch, has lined up interviews for us. The first one went well with Le Progrès, except that maybe we should have spelled the name of the film. Hopefully that will be fixed by the time you read this. ;-)
A very pleasant surprize came with a mention of Mandorla at the end of France 3 TV's Le Pitch Cinema. We think they save the best for last. Le Pitch confirmed this by giving us a little love on Facebook.
Next month on October 2 we will be screening Mandorla in Zurich, Switzerland at the Riffraff Cinema (love the name and cinema too). More details about tickets for that screening shortly!
What is most important to us, of course, is that Mandorla's story reaches and affects audiences.
En Avant !
At least it will be Tulsa Time for Mandorla we sell enough tickets in advance to lock-in our screening at the fabulous Circle Cinema.
So if you're in Tulsa, or elsewhere in the great state of Oklahoma, and want to see Mandorla on the screen there, it's time, my friends, to make it happen!