Tuesday, March 21, 2006

We're Not Alone!

I am as much a proponent of D.I.Y. and truly independent films as anyone. After all, on my feature-length doc, Jericho's Echo: Punk Rock in the Holy Land, I served as Producer, Director, Camera, Publicist, Masochist, etc...but this blog is such a great reminder that we are *not* truly independent and we are certainly not alone. We have a whole network of other folks that we depend on to remind us of that fact.

So, thanks, Sujewa, for inviting me to be a part of this and reminding me that there are a lot of us out there going through very similar things in this messy-exciting-confusing world of indie film distribution. I especially need this vote of confidence from my colleagues right now, as I am embarking on probably what will be the biggest adventure for Jericho's Echo yet.

Let me step back to give y'all a little project history. For those of you who don't know, Jericho's Echo unofficially premiered in San Francisco just about a year ago before its official premiere at DocAviv (the Tel Aviv International Documentary Festival). The ensuing year has been a wild ride filled with festivals, two self-booked US theatrical tours, and putting together a DVD which will be released to retail through an independent music distributor in August. All of this junk (including production of the film) has been documented in my blog, if you want to learn the nitty gritty.

I will write future posts here giving tips and pitfalls of these experiences, since it seems many of you are at the beginning of that road now. In the meantime, what other big adventure could I possibly have in store? Well, I am leaving this week for a two-week tour of Germany with the film. It is 14 screenings in 14 cities in 14 days. and that's not even the scary part! To be honest, I just have absolutely no idea what to expect, bringing a film with lots of Jewish content to a place where a very small number of Jews live, for a very big reason.

So, wish me luck and feel free to follow the adventures. I don't know what web access will be like but I'll try my darndest. If you know people across the pond, please send them my tour dates. And thanks again for being out there and doing what you're doing.

Your friend in filmmaking,
Liz Nord


Sujewa [Blog Admin] said...

Hey Liz,

Best of luck in Germany. I'll post info. about your German tour in several places, will encourage people to spread the word & check out the film. Looking forward to any updates from the road.


amir motlagh the humanzee said...

have fun Liz. I'm on my way to a screening in SF.....

Liz Nord said...

Good luck, Amir! Will I be back to see it? I'm back April 15. Either way, SF is a very film appreciative town so I'm sure you'll have a good crowd and a good time!

Chuck said...

Liz, I'm really bummed that I missed Jericho's Echo when it played at the DC Jewish Film Festival (there was a time conflict), but looking forward to the film when it's available.