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Cinebarre Preshow

On Thursday, June 23rd, Saying Goodbye starts its preshow run at Cinebarre theaters across the nation as our prize for winning the Best SC Short Film at the Charleston International Film Festival.  Since the Cinebarre serves food during their feature films, they offer a preshow of short films to entertain people while they order their food, and Saying Goodbye will be one of the shorts.  Our preshow will be in front of all the feature films playing at Cinebarre throughout the week, so if you’ve been meaning to go see one of the current movies, go watch it at the Cinebarre where you will have the added bonus of seeing Saying Goodbye.

Cinebarre theaters are located in Mt. Pleasant, SC; Asheville, NC; Denver, CO; Salem, OR; and Seattle, WA, so if you live in or near those areas, this is a great chance to see Saying Goodbye, and please tell all your friends about it.  We’re not sure how long Saying Goodbye will be part of the preshow - we were told each preshow lasts for a week, but on the Cinebarre website it looks like some of them last longer.  But if you want to make sure you see it at Cinebarre, go as soon as possible and double check the preshow schedule on the Cinebarre website.  And make sure you arrive early enough to see the entire preshow or you might miss our film. 

Check out the Cinebarre website for more information about which feature films are playing there and to check out the menu.  We hope you can make it to one of the showings!  If you do, leave us a comment telling us how the screening went and which feature you saw.

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Best of the Fest Night

Charleston International Film Festival LogoThe Charleston International Film Festival is hosting an evening of the best short films from last month's festival on Wednesday, June 29th at the Cinebarre in Mt. Pleasant.  Saying Goodbye is honored to be playing in the 9:00 pm block of films.  If you live in the Charleston area and did not get a chance to catch the shorts at the festival, this is a great opportunity to see an encore performance of some of the best films from the CIFF.  Click here to see the entire line-up of shorts and to order your tickets online.  You can use the code SHORTS online until next Tuesday at 7pm to get $2 off each ticket.  We hope to see you there!

The Cinebarre is located at:  963 Houston-Northcutt Blvd.  Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

And for more opportunities to see Saying Goodbye this week, check out this post.  

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Cheering in Chucktown

Charleston International Film FestivalThis past week of participating in the Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF) was a whirlwind of excitement.  Summer Spooner Peacher, Brian Peacher, and all the folks involved with the CIFF did a fantastic job, and we were honored to be a part of our hometown festival.  There were so many great movies to see and rockin’ after parties to attend that it’s taken us this long to recover enough to blog about our experience.

Saying Goodbye played on Saturday afternoon, and since three of the eight shorts in that block were by SC filmmakers, the American Theater was packed.  We had a wide variety of films in our screening - experimental, drama, comedy, foreign, and even a music video – so there was truly something for everyone.  And one of the films in our block was written and directed by James Redford (Robert Redford’s son, although sadly neither was at the screening) so we were in illustrious company. 

Our screening went great – people were laughing, sniffling, and digging around in purses for tissues.  The only hiccup occurred with about 45 seconds left in our movie when the screen froze.  But before we could decide whether to cry or barf, it started back up again, and sighs of relief echoed around the theater, with the loudest coming from us.  At the end of the block, the four groups of filmmakers in attendance answered questions from the audience, and we got lots of fun questions about the cats and our inspiration for the story.  Then as everyone was leaving, so many people stopped by to tell us how much they enjoyed the film or how it touched them.  That’s the most rewarding part of film festivals – getting the chance to talk with people who just watched your film.

Deedee PfeifferWe want to thank everyone who came out to watch, especially our family, friends, and neighbors.  It really meant a lot to have familiar faces in the crowd supporting us.  Also special thanks to two of our cast members, Dick White and Sue Plassmann, who both drove to Charleston to attend the screening.  Also thank you to The Summerville Journal Scene for printing an article about Saying Goodbye on the front page of Friday’s paper so more people in the community would know about the screening.

Sunday evening was the awards banquet at the beautiful Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, and that’s where we had our first festival celebrity encounter!  Dedee Pfeiffer and her husband Kevin Ryan were there with their short The Tub, for which Dedee won the CIFF Best Actress award.  They were very nice and even took a picture with us

But that’s not the most exciting part of the evening… the most exciting part is that Saying Goodbye won the Cinebarre Award for Best SC Short Film!  The award itself was thrilling enough, but the best part is the prize that comes with it – Saying Goodbye gets to screen for at least a week at the Cinebarre theater! 

Saying Goodbye wins Cinebarre AwardCinebarre serves meals with their movies, so during the time before the feature while the wait staff takes orders and delivers food, they run a preshow of short films, and we will be a part of this preshow.  At first we thought it was only going to be the Mt. Pleasant, SC, location, which would have been awesome enough, but now it sounds like it will be part of the preshow at all the Cinebarre locations across the US – squeeee!  This amazing opportunity will give Saying Goodbye a lot of exposure, and we are still pinching ourselves at our good fortune of winning this award.  Stay tuned to the blog and facebook to find out when it will be showing. 

Check out the full list of winning films from CIFF here.  It has been an incredible week and we want to again thank the CIFF for including us. 

If you’d like to see more pictures from the festival, check out our Flickr page.


 

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Doin' the Charleston

The Charleston International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow!  Saying Goodbye doesn’t screen until Saturday, but if you’re a fan of independent films and live in the Charleston area, there’s a lot to do and see before then.  Check out the official program for the list of screenings, workshops, and after parties.

The American TheaterSince we’ve already had our world premiere, maybe we should be relaxed and calm about this festival, but we can’t help being a bit jittery with excitement.  This is our hometown film festival, so there will be lots of family and friends in attendance (we hope!).  So many people have been enthusiastic and supportive throughout this process, and it will be fun to sit in the theater with them as they finally get to see the end product.

We will also have several of the film’s stars there to help us celebrate.  Mary Elizabeth Cobb, who played sweet nurse Kathy, is making the drive from Atlanta to be part of the fun.  And Sue Plassmann, who played Eunice’s daughter Tina, is also joining us.  And of course, no party would be complete without Stuffy the Stand-in.  He’s sleeping a few extra hours each day to make sure he looks his best.

We’ll be screening in a block with seven other shorts on Saturday, May 21st at 3:00pm at the American Theater on King Street.  You can buy your tickets in advance at this link, and use the code CIFFVR to get $2.00 off each ticket.  We hope you can join us for the big Charleston premiere!

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Trailer: The Sequel

Back in August, we unveiled our trailer for Saying Goodbye.  Recently our director, Cliff Springs, and our first AD, Sherard Duvall, got the itch to create their own Saying Goodbye trailer.  So with great fanfare *imagine trumpets blaring and drums rolling* we present the directors' cut trailer for Saying Goodbye.  Enjoy!
 

 

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Makin’ Waves at our World Premiere

MBIFF signWhat a nerve-wracking and exciting weekend!  Saying Goodbye had its world premiere on Friday at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (MBIFF).  The day got off to a gloomy start as we drove up the coast in cold, rainy weather - it’s not supposed to be that cold in SC at the end of April!  Luckily we had our sister Joanna with us to act as both a cheerleader and a paparazza.  Once we arrived in Myrtle Beach, she tried to get us to eat lunch, but we were too nervous to eat more than a few bites even though she kept telling us everything would be fine.

We then headed to the theater, but as go-time quickly approached, our parents were nowhere to be found.  Turns out they were stuck in terrible traffic!  So as 2:30 came and went, Jerry Dalton (the director of MBIFF) was kind enough to delay the start of our movie; and the audience members were patient with the fact that we were big ol’ dorks who wanted our mommy and daddy to be there for our big screen debut. 

Fortunately, they were only about ten minutes late, and soon the opening credits started to play.  Carmike Broadway 16 has a fancy digital projection system, so Saying Goodbye looked fantastic on the big screen.  We just stared at it in awe - it was hard to believe that was our little movie up there.  And the audience reactions took the unseasonable chill right out of the air.  They laughed at the right places, and we heard plenty of sniffling and saw tears being wiped away at the sad parts.  When the end credits rolled, the applause was enthusiastic and made us all warm and tingly inside. 

There was an audience Q&A scheduled at the end of each film block, and since we were the only filmmakers present for our block, we got to monopolize the entire time.  The audience members had some great questions, with people especially curious about working with the cats on set.  We also introduced everyone to Stuffy the Stand-in, who was along for this adventure and preened at all the attention.  The kind words from the audience made all the hard work worthwhile, and we thank everyone who came to our premiere.

With the scary part out of the way, it was time to have fun.  First we had a celebratory frozen custard with our parents (yeah, not really walking on the wild side, but it wasn’t even 5:00pm yet!).  Then we took Stuffy the Stand-in out exploring Myrtle Beach.  At midnight, there was a pancake dinner with the other MBIFF filmmakers, where we met some really great people.  No attitudes in the bunch, just super friendly folks passionate about making movies. 

The next day we spent time on the beach and then watched some excellent films.  After seeing the quality of the shorts playing at the festival, we didn’t think we had a chance to win an award.  That’s where Joanna came in putting her power of positive thinking vibes out into the universe.  At the awards ceremony that evening, we were thrilled when Saying Goodbye was named the 2nd place winner in the shorts category.  Not too shabby for our very first festival!

Then there was an after party at a local restaurant, where we had some delicious food and met even more filmmakers from across North America: Colorado, Austin, Victoria, LA, and Raleigh to name a few places.  While seeing our movie on the big screen and winning an award were amazing, the best part of the MBIFF was meeting fellow filmmakers.  We hope we run into them at future film festivals, and we’ll certainly be cheering on their projects. 

A hearty ‘thank you’ to Jerry and Heather and everyone else who helped with the MBIFF.  We also want to thank all of our cast and crew who brought Saying Goodbye to life.  We hope y'all are proud of what we accomplished together. 

If you want to see more pictures from the weekend, check out our Flickr page

This post is already morphing into a novella, but there’s one more piece of business… the announcement of the winner of the World Premiere Celebration Contest.  We added all the entries from twitter, facebook, and newsletter signups to a spreadsheet and then used randomizer.org to pick the winner.  And the lucky winner is… Eddie Barker!!  Congratulations, Eddie - we’ll contact you through email about getting your prizes to you.  Thank you to everyone who entered and helped spread the word about our premiere!!

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World Premiere Celebration!

This is a big week for us since Saying Goodbye will have its official premiere at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival this Friday. We’ll finally be introducing our baby to the world and all we can do is hope we did everything possible to ensure its success as it leaves the nest.

We thought Saying Goodbye’s new status as a fully-grown film deserved a new look, so we’ve given the website a makeover. We think it’s a bit flashier, while still providing easy access to all the fabulous content. We’ve also added a new feature: a place to sign up for the Saying Goodbye newsletter. We plan to send out a newsletter about once a month with all the latest movie news, which will include interviews with the cast and crew, as well as times and places to see the film.

With the world premiere AND a new website to celebrate, there was only one thing we could do - have a contest! So what will the prize be for such a momentous occasion? Not only will the winner get a $25 gift certificate to Amazon, we’ll also send the lucky winner his/her very own screener DVD of the film! Since we’re just now starting on the film festival circuit, it might be a while before the movie appears at a film festival near you; so by winning this contest, you will be able to watch Saying Goodbye in your home in the next few weeks.

Saying Goodbye World PremiereWhat do you have to do for a chance to win this fantastic prize package? Sign up for the newsletter! Just click here, fill in your information, and press the ‘Subscribe to list’ button and you automatically have one entry into the contest. Easy, right?

But that’s not the only way you can enter - you can add extra entries by helping us spread the word about Saying Goodbye and this contest. Just use the "FB Share" and "Tweet" buttons below the comments section of this post:

  • Each time you tweet about it, you get one extra entry.
  • Each time you post on your Facebook page about it, you get one extra entry.
  • If you blog about it, you get three extra entries.

To make sure we know about the ways you are helping us build buzz about Saying Goodbye, add a comment to this post with the number of times you tweeted/posted/blogged.  And if you blogged about us, post a link so everyone can check out your blog. You do not have to add a comment telling us you subscribed to the newsletter.

The contest runs until 11:59pm on Monday, April 25th, at which time we will randomly draw one of the entries as the winner of the prize package.

Thank you for your support leading up to this point, and we really appreciate your help with celebrating this exciting week!

And don't forget, if you live within easy driving distance to Myrtle Beach, you should join us for our world premiere.

Date: Friday, April 22nd
Time: 2:30 pm
Place: Carmike Broadway 16 movie theater (1175 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577) 

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Save the Date

We now know the dates and times of our first two festival screenings, so mark your calendars!

The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival is up first on Friday, April 22nd at 2:30 at Carmike Cinema 16 Broadway at the Beach.  We are showing before a feature called Watch out for Slick which is a comedy, so that should be an interesting pairing.  This will be our World Premiere, so we hope that friends and fans in the area (plus those willing to take a little drive) will be there to share our special day with us.  Click here to go to the MBIFF website to learn more details about purchasing tickets. 

Our next festival screening will be the Charleston International Film Festival on Saturday, May 21st at 3:00 at the American Theater.  We are showing in a block with seven other shorts, so there will be a variety of entertaining films.   Click here to go to the CIFF website to learn more details about purchasing tickets. 

We’re so excited to finally share Saying Goodbye with audiences, and we hope to see you at one of the screenings!

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Good News/Bad News Week

Myrtle Beach International Film FestivalWe’ll get the bad news out of the way first.  We mentioned that the first festival we entered after finishing Saying Goodbye was the Atlanta Film Festival.  We knew it was a stretch for us because they prefer edgier films with Oscar aspirations; and while we love our sweet, sappy film, we know it doesn’t fit that mold.  However, we still held our breath and thought really happy thoughts when we opened the email from Atlanta, but even though the message was very nice and encouraging, it was still an ego-bruising ‘no.’  But since three of our amazing actors are from Atlanta, we quickly brushed ourselves off and found several smaller film festivals in Atlanta which we applied to, so hopefully their friends and family will have a chance to see the film in a theater.

And now to turn those frowns upside down: we found out this morning we’ve been accepted into the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (MBIFF).  Hurray!!  MBIFF was named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of 2009’s 25 festivals worth the submission fee, so we are thrilled to be a part of it this year.  The festival will be April 19th - 23rd.  Since the MBIFF is before the Charleston International Film Festival, it will end up being our official World Premiere, so if you are near the area, we’d love to have you join us for this exciting Saying Goodbye milestone.  We’ll update the blog, Facebook, and Twitter once we find out more details about the day and time we’ll be playing. 

We are still waiting to hear back from most of the festivals we've applied to, but the next round of notifications won’t be until late May and early June, so we have a long time to gnaw on our fingernails and hope for more good news.

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Same channel different time

Saying Goodbye on WACH Fox newsSo if you watched Good Day Columbia on Monday morning hoping to see us, it turns out our story didn’t air then.  But during a report about SC Governor Nikki Haley appearing in an episode of Army Wives, they mentioned tuning in to the 10:00pm news for a piece about local filmmakers.  We got moved to the evening newcast, which probably means even more people got to see our delightful faces opening and closing the story about film incentives.  After our parents watched the piece online, they said we didn’t embarrass them, so that’s good, right?   

We also heard that the same story ran in Charleston on the ABC news at 7:00pm, so Saying Goodbye got more exposure than we thought it would, which is always a good thing.  To see us in action, click here.

Richard Futch, the president of the Carolina Film Alliance who was also featured in the story, was the casting director for our film.  And our 2nd AD Matthew Sefick was also briefly shown on camera.  So this piece turned out to be a mini Saying Goodbye reunion!

Thank you to Brian McConchie for doing a story about the importance of film incentives and state funding of the arts and for including us in it!