YOUR BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT FILMS NOT COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU...This blog is dedicated to promoting the art of independent filmmaking. The films profiled here are conceived and created outside the studio system and are brought to you, the public, without the aid of a major distributor. Though they might experience a limited theatrical release, they will largely be available to wider audiences through outlets like Netflix, YouTube or by direct purchase.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Off the Grid Hosts Screening of WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM

Off the Grid Films is pleased to announce the Grand Valley screening of documentarian Heather Courtney's award-winning WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM on Wednesday, March 14th at 7 pm at the Cavalcade (201 E. Aspen St.) in Fruita, CO.  A $3 donation is requested at the door.  Seating is first-come, first-served.

Heather recently won the Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction Award for her honest and sincere portrait of life in small-town America and a group of childhood friends who unwittingly find themselves on the battlefields of Afghanistan in pursuit of the American dream.  It provides an up-close and personal look at the tolls of war on young lives and the families and communities that fostered them.

Courtney never intended to craft a film about wartime America.  Nevertheless, she bravely follows her subjects into war and embeds herself with their unit when the boys are called to active duty a year and a half into the filmmaking process.  The result is an intimate glimpse into four years in the lives of young men that will forever change them.

WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM is decidedly unpolitical and Courtney's work has been praised by viewers and critics alike for its unfiltered portrayal.  In a war that has greatly lacked a sense of nationwide sacrifice, it gives those of us who have not been personally touched by America's overseas military actions a better understanding of the sons and daughters fighting and sacrificing on our behalf and the challenges that face them when they return.

This film is timely and important...don't miss it!

To hear an intimate account of the making of this film, go to my podcasts page and download my interview with producer/director Heather Courtney.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Interview with director of WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM airs today!

Don't miss my interview with producer/director Heather Courtney about her latest film, WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM, recent winner of the Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction award!

Hear the inside details about the making of this moving and timely documentary.  WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM is a heartfelt portrayal of life in rural America and the effects of war on young lives and on the communities in which they live.

My interview will air at 12:30 MST today on KAFM Community Radio.  If you miss the show, the podcast will be posted on Off the Grid Films' podcast page.

Off the Grid films will host a screening of this film on Wednesday, March 14th at the Cavalcade in Fruita starting at 7:00 pm.  A $3 donation is requested at the door.

I will post my insights into this film within the next few days...stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

RMPBS presents screenings of MORE THAN A MONTH

This Valentines Day treat your sweetheart to some titillating...conversation (!) at the Community Cinema screening of MORE THAN A MONTH at the Recital Hall of the Moss Performing Arts Center on the Colorado Mesa University campus.  Discussion panelists include CMU Black Student Alliance member Jesse Bradford; "Man-at-Large" Charles Gibson; and CMU Black Student Alliance President Sylvester Thabit.  This tongue-in-cheek debate over the merits of Black History Month is sure to entertain and generate some interesting conversation!

Colorado residents:  RMPBS now hosts Community Cinema screenings at 12 locations across the state!  Check below for a screening near you.  Out-of-staters, check your local PBS affiliate station's website.

Click here for trailer and full list of screening dates and times

Also the OFF THE GRID FILMS-sponsored screening of WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 6th at the Cavalcade in Fruita...more details in the coming days...