So we have a lot to talk about today!
1) It’s May 10, 24 years to the day since Susan Oliver’s untimely passing. If she were alive today, Susan would be 82 (she left this world quite early, at just 58 years old). While she accomplished quite a lot, I can’t help but feel that she got short-changed a bit by life and I wonder what she could have accomplished in the ’90’s and 2000’s (especially in the field of directing, where women started to at least make some non-trivial inroads during those years.) Sorry you had to go so young, Susan.
2) On a related note, I’m saddened by the very recent news that Nancy Malone, one of Susan’s friends, co-founder of Women In Film (and one of the few women who actually did manage to have a fairly prolific directing career in the ’80’s ad ’90’s), has passed away. You an read about it here:
I was lucky enough to interview Nancy in New York City last summer, and her appearance in The Green Girl may even represent the very last substantial interview she gave. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet Nancy, and her insights added greatly to the documentary.
3) People keep asking me: “When Can We See The Movie?” I have an answer in two parts:
PART I: there will probably be a number of opportunities in the United States to see The Green Girl in a theater near you in the not too distant future. That will depend on you and how badly you want to see it in a public venue. I just met yesterday with a “grass roots” distribution company I came across in Toronto at HotDocs, and they are very interested in making this happen. The key is that people like you have to step up and request a screening in your city (and then follow through by encouraging everyone you know to buy tickets – if enough people do so, your screening will happen). These will be one-off screenings, held wherever and whenever there’ sufficient demand, and in at least some cases we can do a Q&A afterwards (with me on Skype if not actually there in person). IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A SCREENING IN YOUR CITY AND ARE WILLING TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD SO PEOPLE BUY TICKETS AND COME, PLEASE CONTACT ME! (Several of you already have.) A lot of this will be done via social media, and we don’t need huge turnouts to make these screenings happen. I’ll have more details on the logistics of all this in the coming weeks as I work with the distributor.
PART II: I know there are a number of very generous people who supported us via Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and through the donations link on this website, and you’re all anxious to get DVDs and/or digital downloads of the movie and want to know when that will happen. At HotDocs last week (and since then, in discussions with the many distributors and sales agents I’m in contact with), I’ve gotten the same response over and over again: “If you send out DVDs or video links to hundreds of people before you sign with us, you can forget about ever getting your movie distributed.” Those are pretty definitive words, unfortunate though they may be. Nobody wants to invest the time, money or effort to distribute a movie that’s already gone out to that many people (especially via a digital download that might quickly and easily end up anywhere).
This is an unfortunate reality that many of us who have crowdfunded our films are now learning (the makers of “I Am Big Bird,” another documentary which was at HotDocs last week and to which I donated back in 2012, have been sending out messages saying the same thing to all of their backers). As to when the home video release will happen (allowing me to send out the movie to all our wonderful backers), I just can’t accurately predict that yet. As one of the distributors told me over lunch yesterday, they have all been working non-stop since January: Sundance, followed by Berlin, followed by South-by-Southwest, followed by HotDocs, followed by Cannes (this month). At each of these events, they’ve been exposed to dozens of new prospective films, so that when Cannes ends and they finally get to stay home for awhile, they’ll be spending the next few months making final decisions as to what films they will pick up and release, and the release details will only come out at that point.
From the standpoint of The Green Girl, realistically, there’s no way this could possibly all happen in less than a few months, maybe even longer (and I have no way of accurately predicting the exact date since I don’t even know who will be releasing the movie yet). I do know that this is a wonderful little film and it seems to resonate deeply with almost everyone who sees it, so I do believe it has the potential to reach a lot of people – but that can only happen if I listen to what the distributors are all telling me and do things their way.
I sincerely apologize for the delay and I hope you can understand why it’s happened. In the meantime, I’ve just started shipping the T-Shirts and other perks our donors signed up for, and this substantial effort will continue over the next few weeks (much to the chagrin of everyone unfortunate enough to be in line behind me at my local Post Office).
I promise that you will be able to see the movie on home video later this year (I just don’t know exactly when yet!).