WTWYAB Film Festival Fund
We are proud to present the official trailer for our first short film!
"Welcome to Where You've Always Been"
'Welcome to Where You've Always Been' is a story about a champion spoken word poet named Devyn Duncan who has everything, but is blind to the blessings around him. He must find a way to overcome his depression and demons before his overwhelming desire to end his life wins the battle. He turns to alcohol to cope with the pain while hiding his suicidal thoughts from his wife, but she has a secret of her own which could change everything.
When You Are Everything but Believe You Are Nothing…
'Welcome to Where You’ve Always Been’.
The film is now complete and the festival circuit is in stride! We have already been accepted into 10 film festivals with many more awaiting judging. We have won 2 awards thus far including the Best Leading Actor Award for Justin Sandler at the California Women's Film Festival! When we began this process in the summer of 2015, we launched a very successful fundraising campaign in order to create a production budget to shoot the film. As we began submitting and getting accepted into film festivals, we quickly realized that the film festival circuit also costs a considerable amount of money.
Now that we have completed the film itself, we must see it through to the end. This means attending every festival we screen at for the next year... This is where you get the media, publicity, and create the relatonships that will not only get your film seen and recognized, but also where future opportunities are created. Our film tackles the issues of depression and suicide. The biggest inspiration for us to get this film out is so that it can be an inspiration to those in need... a light to shine the path for anyone struggling with depression. We plan to save lives... at the very least to give hope. And that means getting this film in front of as many audiences as possible, including screenings at treatment and youth centers. If we get into a festival and cannot attend, that means we won't be present for interviews, we won't be part of Q&As and filmmaker panels, and we won't be present for awards ceremonies. In other words, attending the festivals is crucial to the success of this film and it's message.
Along with attending the festivals, we need to print up posters, fliers, mail DVDs & Blu-Rays, and for some festivals order DCPs (Digital Cinema Package). All this = VERY expensive.
We are not just asking for simple handouts. We are willing to work hard in exchange for your donation. Therefore we are going to offer perks throughout this campaign. We are happy to accept donations of any size... even $1! However, if you would like to choose a perk, please check out some of the packages below.
It is with great gratitude and thanks for your support! Our mission is to keep creating the opportunity to continue making littlefilmsBIGmessages.com - short films to inspire hope to everyone.
Justin & Mary Lou Sandler
Song: "Descending" by Rick Hale
This Thurs, 10/20 - Independent Family Film Festival @ Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. 4:30pm short film block followed by filmmaker Q&A. Tix only $10 avail here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/welcome-to-where-youve-always-been-tickets-27693779841
More info on the fest: http://iffilmfest.org/
Mon, 10/24 - REEL Recovery Film Festival @ Laemmle Cinema in North Hollywood. 1pm film block followed by filmmaker Q&A. Tix only $10 avail at the door. More info on the fest: http://reelrecoveryfilmfestival.org/
*This festival will also be traveling to Ft. Lauderdale, FL Nov 4-6 and then Denver, Houston, San Francisco, Vancouver B.C., & Las Vegas in 2017. Stay tuned for more info!
We will have a few more festival opportunities coming up including our newest addition, The Monarch Film Festival which will be in Pacific Grove, CA in December.
Thank you for your continued support!
Justin & Mary Lou Sandler
And speaking of the 19th film festival... we were just accepted into the BLOW-UP Chicago Art House Film Festival! This fest works a little different than most. Winners will be announced in mid-October. Until then, we are an official selection, but we are not sure yet if we will be screened during the festival itself as they only have enough programming time to play all of the winners. So keep your fingers crossed! This fest takes place Nov 3-7 in Chicago and we hope to be there in person!
In the meantime, if you wanna catch us on the big screen, here are the upcoming screenings & panels we will be doing...
Other Venice Film Festival - Sat, 10/8 @ 11am Block - Beyond Baroque Venice http://othervenicefilmfestival.com
GOA International Film Festival - Oct 2016 TBA - Goa, India www.marathichitrapatparivar.com
Awareness Film Festival - Speaking: Sun, 10/09 @ 3pm Mary Lou Sandler & Justin Sandler @ LA Live Regal Cinemas "Destigmatizing Mental Health through Film" Panel https://awarenessfestival.org/screening/panel4/
Screening: Mon, 10/10 @ 9pm Block - Regal Cinemas @ L.A. Live Downtown Los Angeles https://awarenessfestival.org/tickets-passes
Independent Family Film Festival - Thurs, 10/20 @ 4:45pm Block - Raleigh Studios Hollywood - Pickford Theater www.eventbrite.com/o/the-international-family-film-festival-6798715185
REEL Recovery Film Festival Los Angeles - Oct 24, 1pm - Laemmle NoHo Cinema http://reelrecoveryfilmfestival.org/
REEL Recovery Film Festival Ft. Lauderdale - Nov 4-6, 2016 - exact screening TBA - Gateway Cinema http://reelrecoveryfilmfestival.org/
REEL Recovery Film Festival Denver, Houston, San Francisco, Vancouver BC, Las Vegas - Screening times for 2017 TBA http://reelrecoveryfilmfestival.org/
Stay tuned for more info. And check out our newest Winner Laurel!
Other festival screenings coming up:
Long Beach Indie Film, Music, & Media Festival - Long Beach, CA - Block 8 @ 10am on Fri, 9/2/16 @ The Cinemark at the Pike Theater - 99 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
(we have a very small number of free tix. Let us know asap if you need one! Otherwise you may purchase at the door for only $7)
Burbank International Film Festival - Burbank, CA - Shorts by Women 1 - 4:30pm Block on Sat, 9/10/16 @ The AMC 16 Burbank - Theater #8
Covellite International Film Festival - Butte, Montana - Sept 15-18. 2016. Screening day/time/location TBA. http://covellitefilmfest.com/
Summer Slam Film Festival - Freeport, TX - Sept 22-25, 2016. Screening day/time/location TBA. http://summerslamfilmfest.weebly.com/
Other Venice Film Festival - Venice, CA - Oct 8, 2016 - 330pm Block @ Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
Goa Short Film Festival - India - October 2016. Screening day/time/location TBA.
Reel Recovery Film Festival - North Hollywood, CA - Oct 21-27, 2016. Screening day/time TBA. 5240 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601
PUSH! Film Festival - Bristol, TN/VA - Oct 21-23, 2016. Screening day/time/location TBA.
And we are still awaiting judging status from many many more!
We will be in attendance at as many of these festivals as we possibly can. Our festival tour plus marketing materials has pushed our budget over the top. We greatly appreciate any donations. There are perks available here: http://www.welcometowhereyouvealwaysbeen.com
Please share this schedule with anyone you know who may be near an upcoming screening location.
Our updated movie poster and trailer are below.
Thank you for your continued support!
Mary Lou & Justin Sandler
"Welcome to Where You've Always Been" official trailer: https://vimeo.com/3cubedstudios/wtwyabtrailer