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    November 17th, 2012 @ 7:24 am by Kevin

    Last night it struck me that for the first time since Sept. 21,¬†Hellbound? was not playing in theaters somewhere in North America. I have to admit, it felt kind of strange. But it was also a good time to reflect on all of the adventures I’ve had since our first sneak preview in Nashville on Sept. 12.

    In total, I did Q&A screenings in 23 cities across the US and Canada. My journey started in Nashville on Sept. 12 and ended in Montreal on Oct. 30 with a couple of quick stops at home in between. It was a great time to reconnect with many of the film’s cast members and several old friends, who came out to support the film. I also made many new friends, including our fantastic hosts who helped us out at every stop along the way.

    In between traveling and screenings I also did dozens of radio, TV and print interviews, stayed in countless hotel rooms, racked up thousands of air miles and rented at least a dozen cars (the best of which was a Chrysler 300, which was offered as a free upgrade for my trek across the Canadian prairies). Throughout the trip, it wasn’t uncommon to wake up at 4:30am, rush to the airport, do a TV interview via Skype while waiting to catch my flight, fly somewhere, answer 30 or more urgent emails while waiting to make my connection, fly to my destination, race to get a car and get to my hotel, answer 30-40 more urgent emails and then do a couple of phone/radio/TV interviews. Then meet my host for supper, then do a Q&A screening, and then get up the next day and do it all over again. What’s remarkable is how quickly such a routine can become normal–that and the fact I never got sick once.

    I could probably write a book about all of the things I experienced during that tour, and maybe I will one day. But the big question now is, what’s next? The answer? Plenty.

    Theatrical Run Phase 2

    Our primary theatrical run may be complete, but we will continue to screen the film in theaters across the US and Canada over the next four months.

    First up is Washington, DC on Dec. 6, where I’ll be doing a Q&A screening at the Avalon Theater with Frank Schaeffer and host Glenn Zuber.

    Next is the Princess Cinema in my old college stomping grounds, Waterloo, ON. That’s where I first saw Pulp Fiction, Kids, When We Were Kings and a number of other films that made me say, “Wow!” At this point I’m not planning to be there, but never say never. We’ll be playing there January 16 & 17.

    On January 17 we kick off a five-day run at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. I’ll be there on opening night to do Q&A.

    The following evening, January 18, we will launch a four-day run at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus, OH.

    On January 30, we will play for one night only at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    Sometime during the end of February/beginning of March, we will also be playing in Sedona, AZ. I don’t have an exact date on that yet.

    March 17 will round things out with a one-night event at the De Witt Operahouse Theater in De Witt, IA.

    We are currently in discussions with several more theaters, so expect more dates to be added to this list soon.

    2013 College Tour

    In addition to theaters, we will be touring the film through several colleges across North America and beyond in 2013. We are in the early stages of booking dates right now, but we have already confirmed Trinity Western University on January 21, and we are close to locking down a screening at Regent College in Vancouver during the first week of March. Several more dates will be posted over the next few weeks. If you’d like to bring Hellbound? to your school, just let us know.

    DVD, VOD, Streaming, Broadcast, etc.

    In the midst of negotiating and promoting new theatrical and college screening dates, we are also in discussions regarding our non-theatrical distribution options in North America and internationally. I can’t disclose much about this right now except to say that you can expect to hear some deal announcements soon. We are also looking at a tentative street date of April 1. If we can make it happen sooner, we will. But there’s really no way to speed up things like a VOD company’s internal quality control process. But we’ll do what we can.

    In the meantime, I’m also preparing material for extra features on the DVD. Keeners are going to find it’s a treasure trove of information that will keep you busy for a LONG time. Who knows, we may even have to go to a two-disc format with a bare-bones option available for the not-so-keen. As always, I’ll keep you posted!



leave a comment on this post (7 Comments)

  1. Kevin, what was your biggest surprise or learning during Phase 1?

    • How difficult it is to get people out to a theater to watch a documentary, especially in America! I’ll have a more nuanced answer later, but that is the first thought that popped into my head.

      • I know we worked hard in Lancaster, PA to promote the film. Lots of churches in the area. Attendance was a bust. And you have made a thoughtful, beautiful film. As the “Princess Bride” and “The Wizard of Oz” became classics after their original runs, I pray that “Hellbound?” catch fire in the next phases of its life.

  2. Any plans to get it onto TV – e.g. The Discovery Channel?

  3. When will you have DVD’s available? I think churches should show it.

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