Hey there friends! It’s been a while since we’ve talked, but we hope you haven’t forgotten about us. It’s been an incredibly busy summer for the TWL team, but as it comes to a close, we want to give you some updates on our team and our film’s journey.
As I said, we’ve all been very busy this summer. Many of us have traveled: Josh and myself visited New York City to begin work on another film project, and Colin visited the Big Apple as well on different trip. Ryan has been to Chicago a couple of times, and Mo ventured down to Bonnaroo this year. Meanwhile, Jaclyn is about ready to start traveling around the world as part of a mission trip. Josh is also on tour with his band right now actually, traveling across the country and playing music. As of today, they’re in Washington, DC. We’ll have to map all our journeys this summer, we’ve been all over!
Many of us have been working this summer and starting some cool projects. As I said, I’m starting on another film project which will serve as my undergraduate thesis. It’s exploring non-traditional art and community spaces, ones that work outside of institutional spaces to bring people together and share knowledge. I’m also wrapping up a shorter video which is going to kick start efforts to start some really cool things in Livingston County, my hometown. Colin and Josh have both done work for MSU, and Mo interned with Common Ground, a huge music festival that takes place every summer in Lansing.
Needless to say, it’s been a very full - and fulfilling - summer for the team. We launched the film, hosted a premiere in Lansing, and have continued to spread the word online and through communicating with people every day. But, we’re taking some steps to move outward of this community as well. Right now, we’re submitting to film festivals both in Michigan and across the country in hopes of giving more people the chance to see our film. We’ve had really positive reactions from many who have seen the film, so we want to do what we can to show it to as many people as possible.
That is the reason you may have noticed we’ve taken the film down off the website. We got up to over 5,000 views before doing so, which truly unbelievable and absolutely outweighed our expectations already. So, THANK YOU. But, many festivals are hoping that screening a film is a special event, so they don’t want to screen films that are available to watch online at any time. That wouldn’t really give people any incentive to come out to their festival. So we’ve taken that step for now, but stay tuned as we’ll hopefully have many more opportunities for you to check out the film in the future.
So that’s the state of the film, but if you know anything about us, you know that we intended to make more than a film with this project, we wanted to make a community as well. Once we all get back into a firmer schedule and are back in school for the fall, we’re hoping to have a lot more community dinners and other community events where we’ll invite all of you to come hang out and enjoy a little TWL hospitality. We don’t have anything confirmed yet, as most of us are still all over the state/country, but stay tuned to the blog as well as our social networking sites (or, better yet, just talk to us in person!) and we’ll let you know as soon as we set something up.
We’d also like to continue sharing stories of minimal living like the ones we presented in the film. So please let us know if you know of anyone doing anything cool in their community and we’ll try and share it with ours. We’re still figuring out what those will look like, but we’d like to somehow use our media skills to share more information, so please let us know if you’ve got an idea or story you think should be heard! Even it’s just an article you read or something, we’d very much love to see it and pass it on, so send it our way.
I know a lot of this is vague, but please stay tuned, we’re very excited about the future of this project, and we hope you are too. And we’ll have more specific details soon.
And of course, thank you all so much for the continued interest in this project and this film. This would seriously be meaningless without the people that have been interested and affected by this, we cannot thank you all enough.