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Great screening in Googleville!

August 19, 2016 | BY Roberto Miller

Thanks to our host Craig Lawson, we had a great screening at Google yesterday with a very thoughtful and engaging audience there... We discussed everything from the film from Alan Watts to Persian poets (going beyond our references to Rumi).

Most touching for me was one quiet person who watched the film, sat through the Q&A, and then,  at the end when most people had left the theater, raised his hand and said, "Your film touched me. Personally. Very much."  

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.

Onward,
-Roberto

Mandorla private screening at Google, Aug. 18 !

August 3, 2016 | BY Roberto Miller

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 claw@google.com for more details. 


MANDORLA SCREENS AT DOLBY LABS!

July 8, 2016 | BY Roberto Miller

Mandorla screening in the beautiful Dolby Labs screening room. Perfect projection and sound. Very special night with Mandorla's cast, crew, supporters, and film community in San Francisco. The original Dolby Labs Headquarters, 100 Potrero Ave., San FranciscoThank 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.


Mandorla coming to portland for one night only!

June 2, 2016 | BY Roberto Miller

UPDATE: We had a fantastic sold-out screening in Portland! See the pics on our Facebook album here.

Dear Portlandia,

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)


US tour kicks off with SOLD OUT première in palo alto!!!

May 1, 2016 | BY Roberto Miller

 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!

 

US TOUR:

May 19 - Palo Alto, CA - 7:30PM - Landmark's Aquarius Theater - tickets (SOLD OUT)
              (co-sponsored by La Boheme)

May 22 - San Jose, CA - 7:30PM - Camera Cinemas 12 - buy tickets here from Camera 12

May 29 - Larkspur, CA - 7:30PM - the historic Lark Theater - buy tickets here on Tugg
              (co-sponsored by Color A Go-Go, who color graded Mandorla!)

More US cities and dates will be added soon here and will also show up on the Mandorla event page at Tugg.

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

 

SWITZERLAND:

Oct. 2 - Zurich - 18:30 - Riffraff - ticket info soon

 

ENGLAND:

Invading soon. Stay tuned. 

 

Exciting times to say the least, glad to share with you, hope to see you at a screening soon!

Onward!

Roberto

 


Sponsors support us and we support them!

April 22, 2016 | BY Roberto Miller

Our good friends and supporters at Alliance Française Silicon Valley are hosting their 3rd annual French Festival of Classical Music at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

May 12 and 14. Be sure to check it out!

http://www.afscv.org/lefestival/


Spreadsheets before the Announcement

March 25, 2016 | BY Roberto Miller

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. Erik SatieBut 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! 

-Roberto

 

 


Audience connects with mandorla at first screening!

February 27, 2016 | BY Roberto Miller

Mandorla's opening frames on the screen in front of a sold-out audience at the newly remodled Aquarius Theater in Palo Alto

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.

Onward!

Roberto