Well, it was time for some more from the SEWN Team – we have some news for you! As you’ve read in our last few newsletter, SEWN has been started to get appreciated abroad (France, Australia and USA) and several screenings being planned in Paris, France (one being with the France-NZ association in Paris). There comes a time where one needs to ask for help. All of this project has been self-funded and to keep it going, and hopefully produce the South Island part of the project, I’m asking for your support.
I’m wanting to subtitle the film in several languages and send it into documentary festivals around the world and print an updated version of the DVD for wider distribution. That’s why I’ve started up a donation project on Sportfunder.com, the latest NZ-made crowd funding website focussed on sporting projects. Check it out here, and you’ll be surprised! The way it goes is that you donate X amount and in exchange you get a reward in return. You can also pledge to donate until the amount has been raised in the given time frame. At the moment, we’ve got stickers, autographed production stills, autographed DVDs, the 2013 Surf-Forecast.com Calendar, Surf-Forecast.com T-shirts, several sponsorship options and more to come as the other sponsors and friends of SEWN will put more rewards up for grabs within the following months.
I have up to New Year’s Eve to raise NZ$10,000. So if you enjoyed the film or were touched by it and wanted to show some support, please help out by donating what ever you can to SEWN. Anything is appreciated.
More news coming up soon as this Sportfunder project evolves!
Talk soon and thanks in advance for your consideration and generosity,
August is coming along and it’s time for us to take a month off. But we always like to leave you with a present before we leave: a double bonanza of pictures from the last part of the release tour in the South Island, and some pictures taken at the film festival in Anglet.
First of all, check out the 4th part of the release tour pictures that cover the South Island screenings – from Nelson to Riverton, and from Westport to Sumner. Some unforgettable times were spent and friendships were forged and strengthened. Many South Island surfers were asking about the South Island chapter of SEWN!
Secondly, Anglet. What a nice moment it was in Anglet for the International Surf Film Festival. Screens by the sea, Massive Piha-like inflatable screen on the lawn, and people from many walks of life and of surfboard that united to see the latest Surf Films. It was an opportunity to catch up with many friends as well, having lived there for over 4 years. The screening happened very well with many friends having made the trip to come and see the film. The festival organiser said some kind words about how the film had touched him which is why he selected it to be the closing film of the festival. Before saying a few introductory words like some of you may have heard during the release tour, I opened up the event with a Mihi Maori, which was well received. The weather was supposed to pack in that evening and it did, but the rain held off until later in the night. Although having received overwhelming response from both spectators and jury members, the film received no distinctions. There were a series of heavy-weight movies up this year, my personal favorite was ‘Come Hell or High Water’ from the Woolshed Films, a documentary about bodysurfing. In the end, some promising contacts were made and some precious moments were spent with friends, what more to ask? Onto the next festival!
Time has come for the 3rd picture album of the SEWN Release Tour spanning this time the whole height of the North Island – from Kaitaia to Wellington, passing through and screening in Ruakaka, Waipu Pizza Barn, Whangarei Old Library, Sandy Bay Longboard Competition, Waitangi Day Celebrations, Kaitaia, Raglan Old School, Taranaki, Martinborough and Wellington!
Also we have the great pleasure to announce that SEWN, has been selected as the closing feature of the International Surf Film Festival in Anglet, France, this coming friday! So if you are around that area this week, come at the projection at 6.30pm on friday 13th of July at l’Espace de l’Océan, in front of the Sables d’Or beach of Anglet. SEWN Director, Nicolas Brikke, will be there to represent the film, answer questions and gather feedback.
So stay tuned for a Special release next week with results and impressions of SEWN’s first festival!
Finally another Update! Believe me, the delay was not due to slackness! I hope all of you have enjoyed following the release tour on Facebook (Sewn Longboarding). Here are a few nice numbers: 30+ screenings, over 1500 spectators and 400 DVDs sold. Not bad in just 2 months! It’s been a real buzz going around the country showing the film to people eagerly awaiting it, catching up with friends and having a few waves here and there, and I wanted to thank everybody that was involved or that supported the film in some way. The film is now going to be sent to surf shop in NZ.
To kick off the post-NZ-release emails and while we’re waiting for responses from festivals around the world, here’s a first look (out of four) at the production stills from the release tour. They are on a public Facebook album and the description to the right of them will give you the full story. And, as always, pictures are a good way to travel for a few minutes, so enjoy the ride. Click on the Thumbnail below to access the album!
So flick through and we’ll catch up again soon for the second part of the release tour stills!
I hope you’re ready for this release, ’cause it’s a biggie! First of all, thank you so much for having followed the Making-Of of SEWN, we hope you have enjoyed it as much as wee did! Thanks to the people that showed support by sending thoughts and expressing their stoke, it’s been a buzz!
It’s done! The post-production of SEWN is over and the film is ready to be shown in New Zealand! We’ve been real busy getting everything done and we are stoked about the result. Many people participated in numerous and different ways along the process and I am grateful to all that helped, thank yous!
Don’t worry though, the editing of the film maybe over, but the fun and the SEWN emails are certainly not! To follow what’ll be happening on the tour, don’t forget to add us as friends on Facebook (Sewn Longboarding) and to follow us on Twitter (SEWN_nz). We’ll be regularly posting information on there about the screenings, the people, some pictures and clips of the tour. So stay connected!
Also, click here to access the new “NZ Release Tour” page where you’ll find all the info you need for the screenings in New Zealand from January through to March 2012, so you can start planning at which screening you’ll be showing up! Some of the screenings (including the WORLD PREMIERE and the Whangarei screening) are still in discussion and are to be confirmed, but once confirmed, they will be a blast!! We’ll let you know when it’s confirmed.