#SupportIndieFilm Field of Lost Shoes IndieGoGo Campaign

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Last May I had the privilege of attending the premiere for the film Field of Lost Shoes, and though it’s opening in theatres September 26, it will only open in limited release. That is unless you help, there is an IndieGoGo campaign to help bring Field of Lost Shoes to more theatres. From their campaign page:

We are currently releasing this movie in 24 theaters across the country in 20 markets on Sept 26th.  We would love to expand this amazing feature film.  The money we raise will go towards the marketing dollars needed to expand to additional theaters. Our current theatrical release is completely funded and moving forward.  We need additional money to expand this theatrical release to more markets.  The top number of people donating in a particular area will allow priority placement of a theater in their market.

Field of Lost Shoes is based on the Battle of New Market fought in Virginia on May 15, 1864 in the American Civil War. The film is a touching coming of age story that follows the experiences of 7 young cadets from the Virginia Military Institute as they (and their school mates) are enlisted into active battle to defend the Shenandoah Valley. The film has a stellar ensemble cast including Zach Roerig, Max Lloyd-JonesLuke Benward, Nolan Gould, Jason Isaacs, and Tom Skeritt.

Like other IndieGoGO campaigns this one has great incentives to those who donate, including a behind the scenes DVD that is not available to the general public. The campaign ends in 13 days (October 4, 2014) so help spread the word and donate, and bring Field of Lost Shoes to a theatre near you. For more information on the film follow them on their official twitter or Facebook page.

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GI Film Festival World Premiere of Field of Lost Shoes

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I had the privilege and pleasure of attending the opening night of the GI Film Festival and the world premiere screening of Field of Lost Shoes. The GI Film Festival is a film festival which focuses on celebrating the military experience through the medium of film. The premiere was held at the Old Town Theater in Alexandria, VA, which has just celebrated its 100th birthday.

Before the film the festival opened with welcoming speeches by the co-founders of the festival and GI Film Group: Brandon Millett and Laura Law-Millet. Following the screening of Field of Lost Shoes was a Q and A session with the filmmakers and actor David Arquette. The festivities then continued on to the Torpedo Factory for the after party.

Field of Lost Shoes is based on the Battle of New Market fought in Virginia on May 15, 1864 in the American Civil War. The film is a touching coming of age story that follows the experiences of 7 young cadets from the Virginia Military Institute as they (and their school mates) are enlisted into active battle to defend the Shenandoah Valley. The film has a stellar ensemble cast including Zach Roerig, Jason Isaacs, and Tom Skeritt. 

Luke Benward plays John Wise, a governor’s son who is now a general in the South’s army. John struggles with his conflicting views over slavery and the south stance in the Civil war and his loyalty to his friends, family and defending his home. Each of the young cadets is faced with his own internal struggle against the backdrop of the impending battle, you truly feel their passions and pains as the film progresses. The love story between Mary Mouser‘s Libby and  Max Lloyd-Jones‘ Sam is a heartfelt depiction of first love in all it’s beauty and awkwardness.

The film is filled with touching moments of friendship, camaraderie, and romance. Though the subject of the film is somber the film itself is gripping without being heavy-handed, there are many moments of levity in spite of the serious subject. The beautiful southern backdrop sets the scenes and the costuming allows the audience to be transported into the past.

Field of Lost Shoes is set for theatrical release in September 2014 for more information on the film follow them on their official twitter or Facebook page. Special thanks to the wonderful people of the GI film festival, and Tara for always being up for adventure.

 

Fandom Feature: Matt Dallas Only

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I find fandoms fascinating, from a purely anthropological standpoint of an outside observer there is nothing more interesting. Over the past year of blogging I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many people in various fandoms but very few have been as welcoming and supportive as the members of Team Matt Dallas, especially Nermina and Sam, the amazing creators of the fansite Matt Dallas Only. Created in 2011 Matt Dallas Only is a fansite that features all things Matt Dallas. The site is all about their favorite actor Matt Dallas, his acting projects, charities & fans. They wanted to create a site that would give fans more attention than what was offered when they started. Incredibly indicative of our virtual society Nermina and Sam have never met in person and met ‘online’ through a fan forum called Essential Matt Dallas. What started as a mutual fan appreciation of Kyle XY (Matt Dallas played the main character) has blossomed into an amazing friendship and collaborative effort making Matt Dallas Only such a success.

Nermina came up with the idea to create a site and asked Sam to be her partner. “The more we knew about Matt Dallas the more we loved the man that he is. Plus, at the time, there wasn’t enough websites for Matt & his fans. Especially since a lot of fans were asking a lot of questions but no one was answering them.” She credits Sam for always being on top of the latest news and updating the site with all the new photos and Matt Dallas’ appearances. Both agree that running a fansite can be time-consuming and requires dedication, but the pay off makes it more than worth it.

“It’s overwhelming sometimes. With our busy schedules, we have so little time to update all our social media accounts! However, it’s so rewarding when we see all the interactions from all over the world & we receive A LOT of feedback, questions, etc…”

Some of their favorite memories include when Matt Dallas followed them on twitter, and when Omar Epps, Marlon Wayans & Ty Hodges used a link from the website & tweeted them. Credited for creating the term Team Matt Dallas, Nermina and Sam shared some of the other possible names suggested on their Facebook page for the Matt Dallas fandom: Mattronauts, Matteratis/Mattinos/Mattinas, The Dallas Army,Mattsters, The Mattie Big Ds, Mattie’s Angels, Mattie Matts, Matt’s Munchkins.

“I remember that we got a lot of response from fans on Twitter when Matt returned to TV playing Fitch on Baby Daddy. It was a happy moment for all of us Kyle XY fans because we all miss seeing Matt on a TV-show. And also to see Matt reunite with Jean-Luc Bilodeau, who played Kyle’s brother on Kyle XY, was really awesome and it brought back many memories. Let’s not forget how everyone showed their support for the indie film Thunder Road. The summer & full of 2013 were truly unforgettable. And if the Astoria Boys asked for our help again, we’d be there for them in a heart beat.”

For all things Matt Dallas be sure to check out Matt Dallas Only on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr

Bowling with Bewley

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While Astoria is still hard at work on Thunder Road a couple of weeks ago they took some time out for a great day of fun and incentive fulfillment. Bowling with Bewley is the first event of the many great incentives available to contributors to Thunder Road. Held at Lucky Strike in Hollywood fans and friends turned out to support a day of bowling and Super Bowl fun. Charlie Bewley had the support of his castmates from the Twilight franchise: Alex Meraz, Gil Birmingham, Erik Odom, Pat Brennan, Bill Tangradi, Justine Wachsberger as well as Matt Dallas, Steven Grayhm,  Andy Nguyen and his veteran friends from Honor Courage Commitment.

It was an once in a lifetime opportunity for fans to spend the day with these wonderful actors and even beat some of them at bowling! Charlie generously (and with much pride) lent his ever so stylish bowling shirts to his friends Matt Dallas, Steven Grayhm and Andy Nguyen to wear in honour of the event. The losing team was helmed by Charlie and their punishment involved a whole lot of push-ups. I was thankfully on team werewolf headed by Alex Meraz who was nice enough to offer me some bowling advice, unfortunately for Alex my abysmal bowling was not due to a misunderstanding of bowling techniques, the whole event was very casual and fun was had by all.

After bowling we spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the Super Bowl festivities in the VIP room of Lucky Strike. In honour of both the event and the recent birthdays of both Charlie and Steven, a special sweet surprise of custom cupcakes and cake created by Mary’s Cake Shop, was enjoyed along with other delicious goodies provided by the wonderful staff of Lucky Strike. There was another round of punishing push-ups for the losing team during one of the commercials breaks, the half-time show was a roaring success with many of the guests getting up and dancing, including the always entertaining Matt Dallas. All the guests were happy enough to chat and take pictures throughout the event making the atmosphere intimate and unforgettable, some incentive attendees were even lucky enough to get to re-enact Steven Grayhm’s ‘Boy Band’ pose!

If you’re sad you missed out on such a wonderful and unique opportunity don’t despair you can still join in the fun with many other incentives coming up including a BBQ with Matt Dallas and the entire cast of Kyle XY, or for the aspiring actors you can become part of the magic of Thunder Road by being an extra or a cast member, for more on how to contribute visit ThunderRoadFilm.com and their Thunder Road: Feature Film page on Facebook. 

Special thanks to Cherish and Sarah for being the unofficial photographers for the event.