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June 2005

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Friday, June 24, 2005

Wow,

What a night! Last night was one of the highlights of my life (next to the birth of my first child, my wedding, yada yada yada). I don't have a child, you retort? Well, then that makes last night even that much better! We had 227 people in the theater. What an incredible feeling!

When Jacquie and I arrived around 6:45, we were met by Mr. Mark France and Mr. Justin Randle (now an Emagine employee). They helped us carry in our goodies: raffle prize bags, VHS copies of the movie for cast and crew, etc. We got our tickets printed (Theater 8), got our stuff situated and took a couple of photos in front of the Love & Plutonium poster. Then we began greeting our fellow moviegoers (though not before purchasing a giant beer that came with a lid so that you had to drink your beer through a straw). I recognized about 70% of the crowd, which means that 30% of the crowd could be expected to give me an honest appraisal of the movie.

Around 7:30 the projectionist (John) began the pre-show DVD. Many thanks to Shaver for creating another wonderful pre-show program, with those classic 1960's era cartoons, and some great movie and TV promos from Loose Change Entertainment. The trailers and promos began around 7:50, and when they were done, Jacquie and I approached the podium. We offered a few quick remarks, thanked some people, recognized others, and the movie began.

It's still a great feeling seeing your work projected on the big screen (even if it was only in 4:3 aspect). There were no technical glitches and the audience seemed to really enjoy the movie, laughing in most of the right places, and even a few we didn't expect. As the final credits began to roll, the audience offered up a very warm, extended round of applause. That was awesome too!

After the show, we raffled off 11 bags of movie goodies. Included in some of the bags were movie posters, t-shirts, props from the movie, and the grand prize included the first available DVD copy of the movie (more on that below!). We then mingled for a while longer until Emagine kicked us out of the theater so they could show the Pistons game, and we wandered over to Breaktime Billiards for our intimate after party. What an awesome night (discounting the Pistons' performance, of course)!

You can view some photos of the evening's events on the Photos page. And of course, I would be remiss if I neglected today's big announcement:

The Love & Plutonium Premiere Gold Master Collector's Edition DVD is now for sale! Get your copy for only $19.95! This beautifully packaged DVD contains loads of extras, including outtakes and deleted scenes, original artwork from the movie, theatrical trailers, full-length audio commentary by Jeff Priskorn, Jacquie Floyd and A.E. Griffin, peeks at other films from Loose Change Entertainment, and more! Support your local independent filmmakers and get your copy today! The DVD is also available on Amazon.com!

What's next for Love & Plutonium, you might ask? Well, we will continue to send it out to film festivals and seek a distribution deal. Then there's the continuing saga of attempting to get the film listed on IMDB.com. We've also thought about showing the movie in theaters again, with the Roseville Theater and someplace in Grand Rapids as possibilities. These would be paid admission shows. As always, stay tuned to this web site for the latest news and updates!

Once again, thanks to everyone who contributed to this project and helped us carry out a great world premiere! You guys are the best!

Gratefully,
Jeff
  

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Salutations,

Well, we're two days away from the world premiere of Love & Plutonium! The excitement is palpable, ain't it? I'd recommend getting to the theater no later than 7:30 on Thursday. The capacity of the theater is 340, and from everyone we've been talking to, it sounds like we'll have a good shot at meeting that capacity. So don't be left out in the cold (metaphorically--it will actually be quite warm that evening). There will also be a raffle for some L&P memorabilia, so bring your small bills.

See you Thursday,
Jeff
  

Friday, June 17, 2005

'Yello,

The Daily Tribune article came out today, and it also includes a movie review! (I lent the reporter a screener copy of the movie.) It's quite a nice article, and she also speaks to several other local filmmaking authorities and the Emagine Theater. And the review is positive overall, though it does complain a bit about some technical aspects. But she calls Love & Plutonium "strangely compelling and sweetly accessible". High praise if ever I saw it! Read it all on the Press page.

A lot of people have been asking if the movie is suitable for youngsters. My standard response is that if we were to be rated by the MPAA (which is so $%^&* expensive it's not even a consideration!), we would probably receive a PG or PG-13 rating. There is some suggestive humor, a couple of kisses, and a few uses of the slang term for kitty cat (in reference to a weak-willed man, not sexual). It should certainly be suitable for kids 13 and up, probably even 10 and up, but use your judgment. I can't be held responsible for scarring the youth of America for life.

Six days until the premiere! Let's party!

Love,
Jeff
  

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Hi,

Exciting times in Suburbiaville! We were contacted by a reporter for the Ferndale/Berkley Mirror newspaper on Monday, and the story came out today! With a front page, above the fold photo and everything! Check it out on the Press page (or here's the direct link if you're too lazy to navigate). And tomorrow another story should appear in the Daily Tribune. So if you're in the Ferndale/Berkley/Royal Oak and surrounding areas, look for the papers. And the story in the Shelby Twp. Source & Advisor newspaper should be out on Sunday. I will post the articles as soon as they appear in print.

That's all for now. See you at the premiere!

Bi,
Jeff
  

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Howdy,

We were contacted by two more news organizations today! The Lapeer County Press is doing a feature story on Nate Topie (Dr. Medlo). That should be coming out tomorrow, Wednesday, June 8! So if you're in the Lapeer reading area, please pick up a copy.

The second media outlet to ring us up today was the Daily Tribune. We're getting the reporter an "advance copy" of the DVD so she can review it before the premiere. That story should be in the Friday, June 17 edition of the Daily Tribune. Things are happening, people!

We were at Emagine early this morning, testing out the theater and dropping off a movie poster. Everything went really well, and we can't wait for you all to see Love & Plutonium on the BIG SCREEN! The poster should be on display in the lobby starting this Thursday as well. More to come...

Finally, a little addendum to yesterday's post about Planet Ant's selections for their film festival. It does appear that they might have selected a maximum of 2 feature-length films. The vast majority (95%) of their selections were shorts and music videos, however.

Later,
Jeff
  

Monday, June 6, 2005

'Yello,

Just a couple of quick things today. First, Planet Ant posted their selections for their film festival this year, and... we didn't get selected. Oh well. It actually looks like they didn't pick any feature-length films at all, given that they have scheduled between 5-10 films during each 2-hour slot. Hmmm...

Also, we're headed up to Emagine in Novi tomorrow morning to drop off the movie poster and test out the equipment to make sure our DVD will play. Just over 2 weeks until the premiere! Can you feel it yet, Suburbiaville?

And on Wednesday, Jacquie and I are meeting with a reporter from the Shelby Twp. Source & Advisor newspaper for an interview on the premiere. So at least one of my mass media e-mails has borne fruit! :)

Out,
Jeff

P.S. If you have any preference on a location for an after-party, let us know here. There are several options in the Fountain Walk area, including a BW3.
  

 


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