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  1. Hello, Wanted to give you guys a massive update on the documentary... When we last spoke I told you the film was complete and that the next big steps were finishing end credits, a sound mix, color correction, legal, and insurance. Well, color correction is complete, and the end credits are almost done. We will however be launching a Kickstarter before the end of the year to help with legal and insurance, which are more costly than I even want to think about. I also told you we began submitting to film festivals. And there's good news/bad news. Good news: We got into a great festival. A perfect fest for which Where are you, Jay Bennett? to premiere. Bad news. I turned them down. They were online only, which I understand right now, but they offered no geo-blocking (limiting the availability to the state), no limit on number of tickets sold, and the film was playing for an entire week. As someone who has been making features since 1983, I know a rip-off when I see one. (For example, the New York Film Festival, playing right now, would ask filmmakers how many tickets they wanted sold, and the film would only be available for a 4 hour window – sort of like actually seeing it at a film festival. Remember at a festival you see the film when it's screening, period. You don't get to choose day and time.) So basically it was like a giant pay-per-view event for the festival, which ultimately would only hurt the distribution opportunities for the film. And while I know this is disappointing, the film has to come first. My job is to find the best distribution avenues, so it can find the widest audience. As I said before, I've been doing this for so long, I follow my gut. Also, this is a film that is begging for a live audience. Which I know is hardly possibly right now. I'm hoping it will be, possibly as we move into 2021. If not, we will hold our own massive pay-per-view World Premiere event in late Spring. I promise I'm not going to wait forever. Thinking now that a DVD release (perhaps something special with vinyl, as I've done with Grant Hart, Lydia Loveless, and the Archer of Loaf!!!) in Fall of 2021 will be the plan. I know that's a long ways, but it will help me find the biggest audience possible for Jay Bennett's amazing tale. Please continue being patient. If you have any question as to the quality of the film, ask Donna Murphy, who's very visible on this board. She's seen the last cut. She will attest to what we've created. In the meantime, if you're looking for something new to watch, two other films that I directed were just released on DVD and pay-per-view last week. Pizza A Love Story: https://www.amazon.com/Pizza-Love-Story-Gorman-Bechard/dp/B08DKL8F28 Seniors A Dogumentary: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B08FF9VZDT Both DVDs can be purchased at our online store: www.BuyOurFilms.com One will make you smile, the other will make you hungry while you're laughing out loud. Thank you. And in the meantime, stay safe...play it loud...speak soon... Gorman Bechard
  2. Greetings, We locked picture on Where are you, Jay Bennett? last night, and immediately submitted to our first two film festivals. The animation is complete. The next big steps are finishing end credits, a sound mix, color correction, legal, and insurance. But the film is pretty damn amazing if I do say so myself. It's running 1 hour and 45 minutes long. The plan now is to submit to film festivals. Play the festival circuit through to at least Spring 2021...then the DVD/streaming release. More details as we know them. So, just wanted to give everyone that exciting update. We will be doing one last small kickstarter for the legal/insurance. Probably launch that in July. Gorman & Fred
  3. Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this one of our best Kickstarter campaigns ever. 247%...wow! You guys rock, and we promise you this film will as well! I just received a new piece of animation yesterday. It's coming along beautifully. We'll start submitting to film festivals in the next couple of months. Can't wait to show it to the world.
  4. Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this one of our best Kickstarter campaigns ever. 247%...wow! You guys rock, and we promise you this film will as well! I just received a new piece of animation yesterday. It's coming along beautifully. We'll start submitting to film festivals in the next couple of months. Can't wait to show it to the world.
  5. bustedafternoon quoted your post. I told him not to listen to it. Pretty simple.
  6. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! We made our stretch goal with 7 days to go, so we've added a second stretch: $22,500. If we reach this there will no need for a final Kickstarter. We will have everything we need to finsh all post-production on the film. Now help us get there, so we can pay for all those fun finishing expenses like legal, insurance, mixing, color correction! We can do it in the name of rock and roll! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gormanbechard/where-are-you-jay-bennett-documentary-needs-animation
  7. Kickstarter is fine is you look at who's making the film. We've run 40 successful campaigns, and have financed 11 features completely through the site. Eight of them are available on DVD and all streaming platforms. The 9th has been playing festivals since last year. The tenth is premiering on March 5th. And both of those are being released on DVD/streaming in Sept. We have a standing distribution deal and have NEVER not finished a film. This campaign is past 100 funded and we still have a week to go. That's all there for anyone to read. Don't go by someone who only reads what he wants to read in the Kickstarter description. And just ask kidsmoke, she's seen the rough cut.
  8. THANK YOU SO MUCH! We made our initial Kickstarter goal with 10 days to go. Now help us get even further so that there will not need to be a final Kickstarter for all those fun finishing expenses like legal, insurance, mixing, color correction! We can do it in the name of rock and roll! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gormanbechard/where-are-you-jay-bennett-documentary-needs-animation
  9. When it comes to music, there's no such thing as too personal. Yesterday, my all time favorite band sent me a preview of their first new music in years. Just one song. I cried like a baby through my first listen because it made me so happy. I listened a second time, and damn if I didn't start crying all over again. Music speaks to parts of us we can never truly understand. And thank God, or whomever, that it does.
  10. First off, your original post was rude and full of accusations, many of which were already addressed in the original KS. If you had a question, have you every bothered to ask? I answer every question that comes my way. Seriously sorry if you don't like the way I run my company, make my films, promote my films, etc. Don't know what else to say. The film that we started funding prior to Jay Bennett, which is called Seniors, is premiering on March 5th. Bennett is next in line. As we say right at the end of the first KS: We always finish our films. They always get distribution. That is never an issue. The biggest challenge for us is finishing everything on time. Documentaries take on lives of their own. In a perfect world, the film will be done and playing festivals in early 2019. But this isn't always a perfect world. So worst case, it takes a little longer than we expected to deliver the DVDs and other rewards. But you will get them, and the film will only be better for it.
  11. If you read the entire first Kickstarter, it says: "Additional funds raised over $25,000 will go toward post-production, insurance, a great sound mix, maybe some animation, an amazing score and soundtrack, and film festival fees. (Yes, making a film is expensive.) So, let’s aim for $75,000 or more!" That's all pretty self- explanatory. As for the money raised in the original Kickstarter, it states: "The money raised for Where are you, Jay Bennett? will go toward the completion of filming, a lot more interviews!" So, no, never said we were done filming in that Kickstarter. And the last update in July, said we were going to animate his clips, which was why it wasn't ready yet. (The explanation that supposedly doesn't exist.) That isn't done over night. It also says animation takes a long time. That's not an exaggeration. 2 to 4 weeks for a 60 second clip. We have at least 10 pieces of animation planned for the film. As for what's taken so long...try and find a great animator who will work for virtually nothing. Took me about 18 months. We started looking from the time I got the Jay audio. I was getting quotes that would have pushed the film's budget into the $150K range, when I want to keep it under $60K. Then after we find the animator, we need to work on style, on perfecting Jay's look. Its not hours, it's weeks for every move. As for finishing the film, we've never not finished a film. Look at my Kickstarter history. And EVERY film has more than one Kickstarter. We are a production company, making a number of films at one time (also explained in Kickstarter)...some films come quickly, others don't. But everything has been spelled out in both Kickstarters, if you bother to read it.
  12. It's Monday morning. The Super Bowl is over. Got two weeks left on the campaign. And I promise you this is the movie Wilco fans have been waiting for. Please watch the new trailer, pick a great reward, have your name in the end credits, long live rock and roll! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gormanbechard/where-are-you-jay-bennett-documentary-needs-animation
  13. A new trailer and a some exciting news...please read, spread the word, lend your support. Thank you! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gormanbechard/where-are-you-jay-bennett-documentary-needs-animation
  14. Have any funny, cool, interesting, touching, insightful, awesome or otherwise great stories about Jay Bennett? We're collecting those stories about Jay to help make our new documentary, WHERE ARE YOU, JAY BENNETT? even better. If you'd like to tell us your Jay story on camera send an email to our co-producer jan@whatwerewethinkingfilms.com briefly telling us what your story is, and where you are located. We will be in the Chicago area from January 11th thru the 15th. We look forward to hearing from you!
  15. Just letting everyone know that both the DVD of Who Is Lydia Loveless? and the LIVE Record Store Day LP from the show we filmed drop tomorrow. If you're a fan of rock n roll, I think you'd love both. (Check the amazon reviews of the film...you'll be swayed. it's not your typical rock doc.)
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