|Working on Chasing Ice Premieres
What better way to take a little break from my film and book than with another film? Winner of a Sundance cinematography award, Chasing Ice is a many-year labor of love from fellow Colorado director Jeff Orlowski. It's an adventure story, a beauty film, and a potent message for all humanity. And I'm heading up ticketing efforts for its national roll-out this month. What an honor!
What is Climate Change? See for Yourself.
Read on to learn how this movie is ruling the box office, winning audiences, and saving the planet (we hope). You might even learn how you can attend for free.
David Ferris of Forbes says: "What ‘Chasing Ice’ offers is an alternative, a movie that is infinitely more interesting to watch than 'An Inconvenient Truth.' It is a real-life action-adventure movie, complete with explosions and unaltered footage that will leave any moviegoer’s mouth hanging open. It is also one that makes absolutely clear, in terms that anyone can understand, that climate change is urgent, unprecedented, and something that human beings must act on right away."
The film is closing in on 20 festival awards, including the prestigious Excellence in Cinematography Award from Sundance. It merited a 3-star review by Roger Ebert, the New York Times namd it a "Critic's Pick," and film-rating website Rotten Tomatoes shows it has earned an 88 percent audience approval (and 100 percent positive reviews from critics). It even went toe-to-toe with the largest 007 box office opening ever to achieve "one of the best limited debuts for a doc this year." And yours truly is assisting the production and distribution team for this important film by overseeing ticketing efforts in 13 major market openings from coast to coast. Which leads me to ...
How to See the Film ... Gratis
The film's charitable supporters want YOU to see it on the big screen. It's my job these weeks to manage a complimentary ticket program, funded by an amazing grant, to see the film in these selected markets:
THIS Friday through Sunday, Nov 23-25*: Denver's Chez Artiste, San Fran's Landmark Embarcadero, Berkeley's California Theatre, New York's Cinema Village, and the Los Angeles Nuart. *ACT NOW: requests close Wed. night 11/21
NEXT weekend, Nov 30-Dec 6: Philly's Ritz on the Bourse, and San Diego's Ken Cinema. PLUS Dec 7-13: Minneapolis' Uptown.
Want to go? Be our guest. But you've got to act now: Click here and complete the short form to request your tickets. Use the Group Code "GIHAMILTON," friends, and enjoy the film. All we ask is that you spread the word about the film and these limited-engagement screenings. Don't wait till you see it: view the trailer, share it with your admirers, and help us spread the message.
You won't be alone: the screenings have been hugely popular. In at least five of our first seven cities, the film is "held over" (film-geek lingo for extending the screenings for at least seven more days). But the comp. ticket program only lasts for opening weekend, so don't delay!
|What the Press is Saying
"Stunning...Timely...A Solitary quest with global implications." - The New York Times
"You've never seen images like this...it deserves to be seen and felt on the big screen." - Robert Redford
"One of the most beautiful films of the year." - Huffington Post
What Ozzy is Saying
"It scared the sh*t out of me to see you go down in the hole like that, man." - Ozzy Osbourne to Chasing Ice's James Balog
What You'll See
[From the film's producers]
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate.
Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Chasing Ice is the story of one man¹s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.
Flashing Me back to Film Tours Past
Apparently I haven't quite given up all those years booking theaters and managing logistics for niche film releases. Ah, the glory days of the Warren Miller film tour, that NASCAR film DALE
, and the Animation Show
—they all come flooding back: the ridiculously long days, the concurrent premieres in different cities, the guest lists, the featured speakers, and all the other joys of taking a film out on the road. I guess I really did miss this stuff. Come to one of the shows this weekend or next (details to the left) and see what it's all about!
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Thank you for reading!