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I don't know his name, and I will probably never see him again. However, I will never forget this moment, and others like them. At every screening about one-third of the audience will wonder what this film was about. Another third will feel there is something there beneath the surface and want to see it again. And there is somebody who wholly feels it, as if it was made for them, that it was about their life. That, for me personally, this is why Mandorla demanded to be made, and now wants to be seen.
Our hometown of Mountain View is the center of the Google universe. We are honored and excited to accept an invitation to screen Mandorla on their campus.
If you are a Google employee and wish to attend this private screening, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Perfect projection and sound. Very special night with Mandorla's cast, crew, supporters, and film community in San Francisco. Thank you Dolby Labs for sponsoring this very special event! And special thanks to Stags' Leap for contributing wine for the reception.
See the photo album on our Facebook page here.
UPDATE: We had a fantastic sold-out screening in Portland! See the pics on our Facebook album here.
After a successful theatrical run in the Bay Area, Mandorla heads to Portland for one night only, June 23, to screen at the fabulous Living Room Theaters downtown at 7PM.
TICKETS ONLY AVAILABLE on Tugg (now SOLD OUT). Thank you Portland for your interest and support to see Mandorla.
As a filmmaker I can tell you that Mandorla was made through a leap of faith and a series of miracles. At its core it is about answering a calling within. The reality of our low budget required a creative response to realize this story. I adapted vintage anamorphic lenses to a DSLR, used some select studio film clips (carefully, under fair use) to spark meaningful memories, and music was contributed from noted ambient composers to create the film's sensory experience. So far the film is being received well by audiences.
Should you and other Portlandians be interested, please secure a ticket on-line early as it helps to lock-in the screening with Tugg, and we will be increasing our promotion in the coming week and expect to sell out soon thereafter. (Now sold out)
Very pleased to announce the start of Mandorla's US tour at Landmark's Aquarius Theater on Thursday May 19 at 7:30PM.
Hosted by Director Roberto Miller and Producer Liz Holdship.
Tickets are no longer available as this screening has sold out! (our two pre-screenings here sold out as well, proving there's no place like home!)
Tickets remain for our San Jose and Larkspur screenings listed below.
Our reception will be held with our good friends at the La Boheme bistro, 415 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Lite bites and champagne will be offered, along with giving out some free posters!
May 22 - San Jose, CA - 7:30PM - Camera Cinemas 12 - buy tickets here from Camera 12
If you don't see a screening in your city and want one, YOU can host a screening in a theater or in a community center or campus near you. That's how Tugg works and it's pretty simple and cool! Check out their promoter walk-through here.
TOUR DE FRANCE:
Begins September 7 with our enthusiastic French distributor, Wayna Pitch
Oct. 2 - Zurich - 18:30 - Riffraff - ticket info soon
Invading soon. Stay tuned.
Exciting times to say the least, glad to share with you, hope to see you at a screening soon!
May 12 and 14. Be sure to check it out!
This morning I went through my normal routine, sitting down with a cup of coffee at my desk, starting the computer, and, most importantly, switching on the music stream from my favorite internet radio station, Radio Paradise.
I try not to think about working with a spreadsheet to roughly organize the film's tour this summer. Mind you, I am very excited about the tour itself, but I really don't like making spreadsheets in Excel. I'm a visual guy. I'd much rather Photoshop something.
The music programming on Radio Paradise by Bill Goldman is extraordinary. You often feel unspoken threads of connections from song to song. "Let the Day Begin" by The Call could be followed by "Loose Yourself" by the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. And the connection is... The Call's Michael Been is the father of BRMC's Robert Levon Been, and "Loose Yourself" is Robert's tribute to his father, who died while managing BRMC's stage on tour. The listner comments on RP's website will often share more about the song-connections.
This morning, while doing small tasks and generally procrastinating from getting into the spreadsheet, RP plays a cool, classical tune that catches my ear. I turn to the RP website and see that it is: Erik Satie, "Gnossienne No. 1," from 1904. I look at the listener comments and read from hayduke2 in Southhampton NY:
Gorgeous music! : )
first heard (read) of Satie in "The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, 1885 to World War I (1955) Roger Shattuck - who said: "Everything has been said. But nobody listens. Therefore it has to be said all over again—only better. In order to say it better, we have to know how it was said before."
Shattuck's quote resounds with a key scene toward the end of Mandorla.
I grab the quote and a still from the film and, you guessed it, fire-up Photoshop. You now see the resulting image above. Sometimes, procrastinating can lure us away to an interesting place where we find something useful, or at least affirmative. At least that's my story.
OK. Now. Back to work! On to speadsheets, and then some very exciting news to share about Mandorla playing in theaters this summer!
Expectations were high at Mandorla's first public screening. All 100+ seats were sold out. The waiting list was 40 deep. People lined up at the door, some without tickets, hoping for cancellations.
Max Bouchard, our host and friend, and sponsor from Alliance Française Silicon Valley, handled everything with grace. Stefan Meier of the Palo Alto Independent Film Club also responded well. As for me, I was focused elsewhere.
The final cut of the film was not finished, nor tested, until 5 hours before the screening. It's an interesting story involving, as you might guess, sleepness nights working at a computer. Two shots (about 40 seconds) needed to be removed like taking the slack out of a chain, or more aptly, tightening a guitar string. The edit was relatively easy. Re-rendering and mastering the entire film, however, into a digital cinema package (DCP) was a long meticulous process.
Finished just in time, Mandorla played to a vibrant audience and seemed more affecting than ever. They applauded and, during the Q&A, shared how this personal film and inner journey resonated with their own lives. There is nothing better for a filmmaker to hear because it means the primary purpose of the film has been met.
Many also said they wanted to see the film again, because they felt there was more there than they could take in on one pass. I confessed that Liz and I too liked films like that, ones that we see over and over through the years, discovering more of what they offer. I can't tell you how humbled I am that people feel that way about Mandorla too.