2011 was a big year for Grounds for Resistance. Through largely grassroots distribution, Grounds for Resistance screened at least 14 times in 10 different states. Thanks to everyone who organized local screenings.
I’ve been busy submitting the film to film festivals as well. Thus far, it screened at its first festival, The REEL Independent Film Festival, in Washington D.C. in October 2011.
This year begins with a number of screenings already scheduled and news of more coming on a regular basis. Coffee Strong is organizing two screenings at the Grand Theater of Tacoma on February 7, and it will screen in Portland in conjunction with a visit in by Sebastian Junger, maker of Restrepo, on February 23.
It will also be featured at a couple of film festivals: the OLA Film Festival in Orlando in February 2012 and the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival in Vancouver, Washington in summer 2012. I’ve submitted it to dozens of other festivals and will post information as I receive it.
As anyone involved in independent filmmaking knows, distribution is a real challenge. I plan to spend time in the next month researching other channels of distribution and continuing to promote the film through social media, activist networks, and the festival circuit.
As always, anyone interested in helping out or organizing a screening, please let me know.
Thanks to everyone’s efforts for helping make the film a success.
Cheers, Lisa Gilman