Monthly archive for June2015

Young Filmmaker Award!

Young Filmmaker Award!

Trichster is “a documentary that simply grabbed our attention and hearts with its artistry and subject matter.”

-Los Angeles Center Studios

A few weeks ago Trichster had it’s west coast premiere at the Los Angeles Center Studios (LACS) having won their Young Filmmaker Competition. LACS is an awesome place where tons of movies, commercials, and music videos are shot. Taylor Swift shot her Vevo record breaking music video “Bad Blood” there, and Brad and Angelina shot scenes from Mr. and Mrs. Smith there. To say that we were excited to screen at LACS is an understatement.

Heading down to the theater!

Heading down to the theater!

Filmmakers under the age of 30 were invited to submit their work, and one winner (Trichster!) was chosen to screen their film at the Beaudry Theater, an amazing 400 seat theater. They threw us a reception before the screening with appetizers and desserts and then we were escorted in to see the film.

So many of you came to support us and it was really amazing to see some familiar faces that we filmed in past years at the TLC Retreat and Conferences. It was incredible to have such a good turnout and to be recognized for our work with Trichster.

Trichotillomania Learning Center Executive Director Jennifer Raikes with Trichster Director Jillian Corsie

TLC Executive Director Jennifer Raikes with Trichster Director Jillian Corsie

 

 

Stacy and Avery Straus with Jillian

Stacy and Avery Straus with Jillian

 

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Soho International Film Festival Recap

Soho International Film Festival Recap

 Thank you so much to those of you who were able to attend our world premiere at the Soho International Film Festival! We had such an amazing time and are so excited to finally start showing the film. Trichster stars Valerie, Sophie, Jessie, and Greg were in attendance along with many of you that were also featured in the film. We met some amazing people who had traveled out of state to make it to the premiere and we’re so grateful for the support from the community.

Cast & Crew - "Trichster"

Jillian (Director), Valerie (Trichster Star), Seun (Co-Producer/DP), Katie (Co-Producer/Cinematographer), Carolyn (Executive Producer), Amanda (Executive Producer)

Greg and Mark, stars of Trichtser

Greg and Mark, stars of Trichtser

All day, us filmmakers were texting each other: “I can’t concentrate at work!” “I’m so excited!” “I’m really nervous!”  We met up before the screening for a celebratory glass of champagne and walked over to the theater together.

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Gearing up for the premiere!

Once we got there, everything was a blur! The red carpet was crowded with people taking pictures. Attempting to pose for the camera was awkward, to say the least, but we made it through ok and into the theater on time. Our Director of Photography/Co-producer ‘Seun walked the carpet like a seasoned pro.

Seun Babalola (Co-Producer) - "Trichster"

Seun Babalola rocking the red carpet

For years we’ve watched Trichster from camera monitors, laptop screens, and occasionally, the tv in our living rooms. Seeing Trichster on a giant theater screen was incredibly surreal. We were balls of nerves as we watched our “baby” being projected in front of 160 people. Would the audience like it? Did we do trichotillomania justice? At the end, the clapping lasted a long time and it was fun listening to the audience react when their names scrolled on screen. The Q&A went well and we spent the rest of the evening talking to people and absorbing awesome feedback.

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Sophie (Trichster Star) answering questions at the Q&A

People had a lot of really nice things to say to us:

“Trichster is my new favorite movie!” -Avery

“The fact that you were able to shine a light on something that few people know about and open so many eyes to the disorder…I don’t know how to thank you for that.” -Stefanie

My favorite part of the documentary was “all of it, from beginning to end.” -Emma

 

Many of you have been asking when you can see Trichster. We’re still applying to festivals and hope to play at a theater near you soon! We’re still learning about distribution and working out the best plan for us. We want to hear from you! Tell us where you are! Fill out this form.

Thanks for reading, and hope to see you soon!

The Trichster Team

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Big Vision Empty Wallet Distribution Lab – What Does it Mean?

Big Vision Empty Wallet Distribution Lab – What Does it Mean?

Last week we posted that Trichster would be participating in Big Vision Empty Wallet’s Distribution Lab 2015. Film distribution can be complicated so we wanted to provide you with a bit more insight into what that means, and more importantly how it will affect you, our loyal community.

Starting today, members of the Trichster creative team, joined by several other talented filmmakers, will take part in a week’s worth of meetings, seminars and roundtable discussions given by various distribution companies like Seed&Spark, VHX and Tugg. We’ll have an opportunity to talk to each of these companies, ask questions, learn how they work and what they offer, and perhaps more importantly, how their platform could work for us. The ultimate goal being, to walk away with a better idea of the distribution options out there and which models would be the best fit for Trichster and its audience.

We’re in a very interesting time in independent filmmaking. Particularly when it comes to distributing these films. There are so many more avenues and opportunities than ever before. Traditional distribution models – film shows at film festivals, film gets bought by studio, studio spends major marketing money and film is released in theaters, film goes to DVD/Netflix/TV – are expensive and traditionally only happen for a small percentage of independent films. Companies like Seed&Spark, Tugg, VHX and Gum Road, are making it easier for smaller independent films like ours to distribute their films directly to their audience through smaller-scale theatrical releases, online streaming and VOD (Video-On-Demand). This allows filmmakers with a more-direct and cost-effective way to get their film out to as many viewers as possible.

Which is why we are so excited to be a part of this lab. Not only are we looking forward to hearing about these various companies, but we’ll also have the equally unique opportunity to share this experience with other filmmakers, and learn about their plans and goals for their films.

Many of you have been asking “When and where can I see Trichster?!”, and while we don’t have a definite answer yet, we are a big step closer to that answer. And that’s really exciting! We’re still applying to festivals and hope to play at a theater near you soon. We want to hear from you! Tell us where you are! We really want to know where our supporters are located so that we can bring Trichster to you. Please fill out this form, and help us decide where to bring Trichster next.

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