J Sophia's Portuguese Premiere!!!

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WOO-HOO!!! WE WON OUR 15TH AWARD TO DATE at the Rock Horror in Rio Film Festival!!!!

Next up: our Portuguese premiere in Almada!!!

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My heart’s journey. It really is just that. Ever since I was little, I dreamed about achieving feats of brilliance  on the big screen: saving my parents from the belly of a giant sea serpent; leaping from the top of tall, burning buildings; wrangling Batman with my cato-o-nine-tails; piercing villains with my rapier as Lady Zorro.

And how lucky am I, my dreams are coming true! I played my first-ever lead role in a feature film (in which there are vampires...mwa ha ha); won best actress for that same role at the Iowa Motion Picture Awards; and journeyed to Hollywood for the film’s world premiere! Now, adventure is calling me even further: to attend the film’s premieres across the globe!

But alas, such journeys mean sacrifice. I must leave my studies; I must tear myself from my books! Oh, fear and courage wage war within; for to seek the holy grail, I must embrace the unknown. Closing my eyes, I remind myself of my deepest desires. I find my passion, and draw from it as though from the fountain of youth. I find my strength; I overcome! The battle is won. I relinquish my books, and join the thrill of massing throngs of people - who, like me, have faced their inner vampire.

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***Portuguese Premiere, June 14th-16th 2018***
Lilith's Awakening will have its Portuguese premiere at the Grito Horror Film Festival in Almada, Portugal!

Total goal for this premiere: $1,342.39
OR 60k United or other rewards miles + $377.54

Stay for 7 days 6 nights (5 days 5 nights in Almada, plus 2 days 1 night traveling)
- Return flight, strapped to the outside wing: $1,115.34* (as of 5/16/18)
OR 60k United or other rewards miles + $150.49 in fees
- Tree rental in local’s backyard, plus used fishing net to hand-make hammock: $82** ($16.40 per night @ Airbnb, an hour commute from festival)
- Mule rental from airport to hammock and back: $8.98*** ($4.49 each one-way bus ride)
- Mule rental from hammock to festival and back, 3 days: $26.94*** ($4.49 each one-way bus ride)
- A hatchet, a bundle of logs and spool of twine to make my raft (no need for a fishing-net; I’ll use my hammock) plus salt for my freshly-wrangled cod: $99.26**** ($7.09 per meal @ McDonald’s, two meals per day for 7 days)
- Carrots to feed the mule: $9.87*** (gas from home in Iowa to airport and back)


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**PAST PREMIERES**
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~Rio, April 4th-8th 2018~
So, so disapppointed I didn't make it! However, Lilith's Awakening had a tremendous reception at the Rock Horror in Rio Film Festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and we even won a special mention award for Best Original Score, yahooo!!!

Total goal for this premiere: $1,156.30
OR 60k United or other rewards miles + $331.70

Stay for 8 days 7 nights (6 days 5 nights in Rio, plus 2 days 2 nights traveling)
- Return flight, strapped to the outside wing: $895.11* (as of 3/12/18)
OR 60k United or other rewards miles + $70.51 in fees
- Hostel bed, dibs my nine roommates for top bunk! $55.62** ($9.27 per night)     
- Mule rental from airport to top bunk and back: $3.72*** ($1.86 each one-way metro ride)
- Mule rental from top bunk to festival and back, 5 days: $24.70*** ($2.47 each one-way metro/boat ride)
- Shovel for digging up cassava, pot for collecting rainwater, and flint for making fire: $123.04**** ($7.69 per meal @ McDonald’s, two meals per day for 8 days)
- Carrots to feed the mule: $9.87*** (gas from home in Iowa to airport and back)
- Quill and papyrus to forge document allowing me to (il)legally enter Brazil: $44.24^ (visa application fee)


~Serbia, September 28th-October 1st 2017~
I didn't quite make it this time, but Lilith's Awakening had an extremely successful Eastern European premiere at the Indie Belgrade Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia - winning an award for Best Artistic Innovation!!!

Total goal: $1,060.23
OR 60k United or other rewards miles + $416.49

Stay for 8 days 7 nights
- Return flight, strapped to the outside wing: $821.70 (as of 9/13/17)
OR 60k United or other rewards miles + $177.96 in fees
- Layover hostel in Chicago, dibs my five roommates for top bunk! $22**
- Mule rental from Chicago airport to hostel and back: $8***
- Hammock in Serbian backyard: $113** ($18.84 per night)
- Mule rental from Belgrade airport to hammock and back: $1.80*** ($0.90 each one-way bus ride)
- A knife to harvest cabbage from a local patch, and some magic beans to trade Jack for his cow: $83.86**** ($4.99 per meal @ McDonald’s, two meals per day for 7 days in Belgrade, and $7 per meal @ McDonald’s, for two meals during travel in U.S.)
- Carrots to feed the mule: $9.87*** (gas from home in Iowa to airport and back)


~Virginia, September 7th-10th 2017~
Soo close to making it to our East Coast premiere at the Genre Blast Film Festival in Winchester, Virginia! And guess what?!?! We won Best Director and were nominated for 9 awards at this awesome festival!

Total goal: $727.52
OR 25k United or other rewards miles + $484.02

Stay for 5 days 4 nights
- Return flight, strapped to the outside wing: $329.70* (as of 8/27/17)
OR 25k United or other rewards miles + $86.20 in fees
- Patch of gravel under the stars, 4 nights: $148** ($37 daily campsite fee)
- Mule rental from patch of gravel to festival location and back, 5 days: $105*** ($21/day bike rental)
- Some sticks and leather to make my own teepee: $24.95** (Walmart 1-person tent)
- Ladder for climbing roadside apple tree, and spade to dig up peanuts: $70**** ($7 per meal @ McDonald’s, two meals per day for 5 days)
- Carrots to feed the mule: $9.87*** (gas from home in Iowa to airport and back)
-  The official-looking rectangular thing that hangs around my neck so I don’t get thrown to the curb by big men in black suits and sunglasses: $40^^ (festival weekend badge)


~Mexico, August 20th-27th 2017~
Just a few hundred short of making it to this one!
 Even without me there, we made many new fans of Lilith's Awakening at Macabro Film Festival in Mexico City!

Total goal for this premiere: $658.58
OR 55k United or other rewards miles + $282.44

Stay for 9 days 8 nights
- Flight from Portland-Mexico City-Iowa, strapped to the outside wing: $476.12* (as of 07/23/17)
OR 55k United or other rewards miles + $99.98 in fees
- Bed so close to airport I’ll count planes in my sleep (ear plugs not included!) $103** ($12.87 per night)
- Mule rental from airport to bed and back: $3.40*** ($1.70 each one-way bus ride)
- Mule rental from bed to festival and back, seven days: $4.76*** ($0.34 each one-way bus ride)
-Mortar and pestle to grind my hand-picked maize, a bucket for well-water, and flit for fire over which to cook my tortilla: $66.36**** ($4.74 per meal @ McDonald’s, two meals per day for seven days)
- Carrots to feed the mule: $4.94*** (gas from Iowa airport to home)


~Dallas, August 16th-20th 2017~
YAHOOOO, I made it!!!!!
Lilith's Awakening had a wonderful Southern US premiere at the Women Texas Film Festival in Dallas, Texas!

Total goal for this premiere: $643.29

OR 35k United or other rewards miles + $351.49

Stay for 6 days 5 nights
- Flight from Portland-Dallas-Iowa, strapped to the outside wing: $308.60* (as of 07/23/17)
OR 35k United or other rewards miles + $16.8 in fees
- Hostel bed, dibs my three roommates for top bunk! $220.75** ($44.15 per night)
- Mule rental from airport to top bunk: $5*** ($2.50 each one-way bus ride)
- Mule rental from top bunk to festival and back, four days: $20*** ($2.50 each one-way bus ride)
- Rope to make a lasso, plus the courage to rustle a cow (and if I’m lucky, a sack of potatoes and a pinch of paprika): $84**** ($7 per meal @ McDonald’s, two meals per day for 6 days)
- Carrots to feed the mule: $4.94*** (gas from Iowa airport to home)

Total goal for back-to-back Dallas and Mexico premieres: $1,027.81
OR 60k United or other rewards miles + $623.39

-Return flight strapped to the outside wing, combining Dallas and Mexico: $515.60** (as of 7/23/17)
OR 60k United or other rewards miles + $111.18 in fees
-Plus all other Dallas & Mexico expenses combined


~Portland, June 8th-10th 2017~
Success! I made it to one of my favorite premieres so far! Lilith's Awakening had its Pacific Northwest premiere at the Portland Horror Film Festival!

Total goal for this premiere: $482.77
OR 50K United or other rewards miles + $307.48

Stay for 5 days 5 nights
- One-way flight, strapped to the outside wing: $175.29* (as of 5/11/17)
OR 50K United or other rewards miles + $11.20 in fees
- Hostel bed, dibs my seven roommates for top bunk! $207.61** ($41.52 per night)
- Mule rental from airport to top bunk and back: $5*** ($2.50 each one-way bus ride)
- Mule rental from top bunk to festival and back, 3 days: $15*** ($2.50 each one-way bus ride)
- Fishing permit plus spear, and flint for making fire - heck, forget the flint, I’ll eat it raw: $70**** ($7 per meal @ McDonald’s, two meals per day for five days)
- Carrots to feed the mule: $9.87*** (gas from home in Iowa to airport and back)


~Brazil, May 19th-June 1st 2017~
Almost made it! Lilith's Awakening  had a great reception
at the Fantaspoa Film Festival - one of the largest fantastic film festivals in Latin America!!

Total goal for this mega festival: $1,416.16
OR 60K United or other rewards miles + $483.16 

Stay for 10 days 9 nights
- Return flight, strapped to the outside wing: $1,074.69*
(as of 5/16/17)
OR 60K United or other rewards miles +$151.56 in fees
- Pull-out sofa bed in closet: $99** ($11 per night)
- Mule rental from airport to sofa bed and back: $15.06*** ($7.53 each one-way taxi ride)
- Mule rental from sofa bed to festival and back, 10 days: $25.40*** ($1.27 each one-way bus ride)
- Hired boat ride into heart of the Amazon, plus machete to cut down jungle underbrush while gathering wild acai berries: $192.14**** ($7.39 per meal @ McDonald's, two meals per day for ten festival days + three travel days)
- Carrots to feed the mule: $9.87*** (gas from home in Iowa to airport and back)


~UK, April 28th-May 7th 2017~
Success! Attended with great fulfillment the UK premiere at the Derby Film Festival in England!

Total goal for this premiere: $1,210.85 (as of 4/6/17)
TRUE COST due to flight increase when booked on April 21st: $1,672.58

Stay for 9 days 9 nights
- Return flight, strapped to the outside wing: $825.03* (as of 4/6/17)
ACTUAL COST when purchased on April 21st: $1,286.76
Or, if I am lucky enough to get the funds for both premieres:
- Return flight strapped to the outside wing, combining UK and Argentina: $2,229.70* (as of 4/5/17)
- Hammock in back garden: $143** ($20.43 per night)
- Mule rental from airport to hammock and back: $59.05*** (4-hour bus ride each way)
- Mule rental from hammock to premiere location and back, 8 days: $56*** ($3.50 each one-way bus ride)
- Hammer and nails to build a coop in the back garden for my laying-hen, and if I’m lucky, a can of Heinz beans in tomato sauce: $117.90**** ($6.55 per meal @McDonald’s)
- Carrots to fuel the mule: $9.87*** (gas from home in Iowa to airport and back)


~Argentinia, April 19th-30th 2017~
So close! Almost made it to the premiere at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival, one of the largest film festivals of Latin America!! See the official announcement by the Hollywood Reporter.

Total goal for this premiere: $1,640.07
- OR -
Total goal for back-to-back Argentina and UK premieres: $2,870.14

- Stay for 8 days 8 nights
- Return flight, strapped to the outside wing: $1,375.58* (as of 4/5/17)
Or, if I am lucky enough to get the funds for both premieres:
- Return flight strapped to the outside wing, combining Argentina and UK: $2,229.70* as of 4/5/17 OR 150K United or other rewards miles!
- 1 ½ star hostel: $93.68***** ($11.71 per night)
- Mule rental from airport to hostel and back: $45.16*** ($22.58 each one-way taxi ride)
- Mule rental from hostel to premiere location and back, 7 times: $4.06*** ($0.29 each one-way subway ride)
- Flour and water to bake my own bread, and if I’m lucky, a quarter-wheel of cheese: $111.72**** ($7.98 per meal @ McDonald’s)
- Carrots to fuel the mule: $9.87*** (gas from home in Iowa to airport and back)


~Canada, October 29th-30th 2016~
Success! Felt like a star signing my first autographs at the Canadian premiere, which was part of the Montreal Requiem FearFest!

It is my joy to announce that I will be at this premiere or die trying. Right now I have to walk to get there. If I do a slow walk, at, say, two miles per hour, that will take me 550 hours, or 23 days nonstop. Or if I do a jog-walk, at, say, four miles per hour, that will take me 275 hours, or 11.5 days nonstop. I’m aiming for luxury here though, so I hope to raise enough funds to get a strapped-to-the-outside-wing flight.

Total goal for this premiere: $537.41
- OR -
Total goal for back-to-back Scandinavia and Montreal premieres: $2,121.78

-Stay for 3 days and 3 nights
-Return flight, strapped to the outside wing: $358.73*****
Or, if I am lucky enough to get the funds for both premieres:
-Return flight strapped to the outside wing, combining Montreal and Sweden: $1,671*****
-1 ½ star hostel: $54***** ($18 per night)
- Mule rental from airport to hostel and back: $73.74*** ($36.87 each one-way taxi ride)
- Mule rental from hostel to premiere location and back, 2 times: $10.08*** ($2.52 each one-way subway ride)
- French dictionary so I can ask where the community garden is, plus spade to dig up turnips: $40.86**** ($6.81 per meal @ McDonald’s)


~Sweden, October 20th-29th 2016~
Success! Attended with excitement one of the most popular film festivals of Scandinavia:
Lund International Fantastic Film Festival!

Total goal for this premiere: $1,322.17
- OR -
Total goal for back-to-back Scandinavia and Montreal premieres: $2,121.78

- Stay for 7 days and 7 nights
- Return flight, strapped to the outside wing: $1,050.07*****
Or, if I am lucky enough to get the funds for both premieres:
- Return flight, strapped to the outside wing, combining Sweden and Montreal: $1,671*****
- Mattress on the floor of student dormitory: $93** ($16 per night)
- Mule rental from airport to floor and back: $23.14*** ($11.57 each one-way intercity bus ride)
- Mule rental from floor to premiere location and back, 6 days: $38.50*** ($6.41 per day on transit)
- Permit for fishing international waters, plus fishing spear, and flint for making fire - heck, forget the flint, I’ll eat it raw: $117.46**** ($8.39 per meal @ McDonald’s)

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*Prices based off Kayak, Payless Flights, Air Choice One, and Google Flights
**Prices based off Airbnb, Hostelworld, aarvparks.comcandyhill.com and walmart.com
***Prices based off goeuro.com and trentbarton.co.uk (for UK) taxifarefinder.com
and googlemaps.com (for Argentina and Montreal)
skanetrafiken.se and checkmybus.com (for Sweden) taxifarefinder.com and portoalegre.rs.gov  (for Brazil) trimet.org (for Portland) dart.org (for Dallas) mexicometro.org (for Mexico) rentabikenow.com (for Virginia) transitchicago.com/fares/  and beg.aero/en/strana/8811/bus (for Belgrade)
metrorio.com (for Rio) fertagus.pt and carris.pt (for Portugal)and iowastategasprices.com 
****Prices based off Numbeo
*****Prices based off Orbitz

^Prices basd off brazil.vfsevisa.com
^^Prices based off genreblast.com

All prices for Sweden and Montreal found on 9/28/16
All prices for Argentina and UK found on 4/5/17 or 4/6/17
All prices for Brazil found on 5/7/17
All prices for Portland found on 5/11/17
All prices for Dallas found on 7/23/17
All prices for Belgrade found on 9/13/17
All prices for Rio found on 2/28/18 and 3/12/18
All prices for Portugal found on 5/16/18

Look
red carpet photos

Me (starting at 17:55)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT2jBrpS2oU

Trailer on the New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/video/movies/100000004437409/liliths-awakening.html

Reviews
1.  http://theindependentcritic.com/lilith_s_awakening
2.   http://www.weareindiehorror.com/community/mid-year-report-card-best-2016-
3. far/ http://leglesscorpse.us/liliths-awakening-2016-review-complex-layers-of-simple-beauty/
4.  https://scenester.tv/interview-sophia-woodward-liliths-awakening/

A BIG thank you to Stephen Siemens for his brilliance with my video!
http://www.stephenpsiemens.com
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OH MY GOD I MADE IT!!!!!
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WOWOWOWOWOW!!!! Just 4 days 12 hours 42 minutes until our Portuguese premiere - and only a few hundred dollars away!!!! If I'm lucky, I'll present at the Q&A after the screening just like in this photo flashback of our Dallas premiere - Ohhhh how exciting!!!
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So happy I finally got to share the film with my Fairfield friends & community - thank you to all who made it!!! Just a few hundred more dollars and I'll be at the Portuguese premiere next week - yippee!!!
What a great audience! The Q&A post-show
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OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!! Lilith's Awakening will finally premiere in Fairfield on Saturday, June 2nd @ 8pm - that's tonight!!! A Q&A with yours truly, to follow. Can't wait to see you there!! (Poster with location attached.)
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Marie Léger Ogami
6 months ago
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Congratulations Sophia in your successful journey! Everybody should follow their dreams as you do! If I can give you one small, tiny little tips : https://www.tictactrip.eu/ . This website compares all buses, trains and carpools tickets in Europe, I tried it several times, it is really good! Good luck in you further steps! Take care!

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Gerry Moore
14 months ago
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We are so thrilled and proud of you, Sophia!!!!

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Gerry Moore
16 months ago
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You are so amazing! Congratulations! Well done, Sophia!!!

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Congratulations Sophia in your successful journey! Everybody should follow their dreams as you do! If I can give you one small, tiny little tips : https://www.tictactrip.eu/ . This website compares all buses, trains and carpools tickets in Europe, I tried it several times, it is really good! Good luck in you further steps! Take care!

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We are so thrilled and proud of you, Sophia!!!!

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You are so amazing! Congratulations! Well done, Sophia!!!

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