#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.

 

Gaining ‘Con’-fidence: TVDDallas

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TVDDallas was my third foray into the world of The Vampire Diaries conventions, from deciding to attend TVDDallas at the last-minute this convention was a whirlwind of surprises from start to finish. Beginning with the announcement of both Paul Wesley and Michael Trevino cancelling their appearances at the convention days before the event I was anxious about what this new convention venue would bring. Creation Entertainment has been running conventions for years but has never hosted a TVD convention in Dallas. Being a new venue many of the attendees were first timers but luckily the Creation volunteers are more than equipped to handle all the confusion and questions any new convention goer may have.
Being my third convention I can navigate the convention with confidence, no longer overwhelmed by the fun though albeit hectic schedule. TVDDallas had a slightly different set up due to the addition of new last-minute guests and a different hotel configuration but both changes made little impact on the enjoyment of the convention.
Highlights of TVDDallas were numerous, from Steven McQueen joining the Hillywood girls as the hosted David Alpay’s panel, to Arielle Kebbel joining Zach Roerig and Steven in their panel. I was very fortunate to speak to many of the TVD cast members during the meet and greets, but also during the photo ops and autograph sessions. Dallas had a more relaxed feel than the previous two conventions I had attended, and the celebrities were more than happy to spend a little extra time with the guests especially during the Saturday night dance. Todd Williams, David Alpay, Trent Ford and Micah Parker spent the dance talking, taking pictures and even dancing with the guests! The addition of Trent Ford and Micah Parker was last-minute and I’m grateful for it, both gentlemen were personable and enjoy getting to interact with the guests, if you have the opportunity to attend a convention with either of these guests I highly recommend it. I am looking forward to seeing Trent at EyeCon and Micah was recently added to the guests at TVDOrlando.
As much as it was exciting to interact with the celebrity guests I also enjoyed the time I spent with the other convention attendees, I was finally able to meet the lovely Ruthie who runs Vampire Diaries Online and has kindly allowed me to write a piece on her site. I was able to see my favorite Creation Entertainment people: phenomenal photographer Chris Schmelke, and the fabulous volunteers April and Libby, they truly make the convention experiences not only run smoothly but more fun.
Dallas also surprised with their generosity and came out in strong support of Thunder Road, the film Charlie Bewley’s production company Astoria Entertainment is currently campaigning to raise funds for its production. Creation Entertainment held an auction for a dinner with Charlie for two guests in support of the campaign and the auction was won with a bid of $1300!  The lucky winners were a lovely couple, Jason and Nicole Ross, Nicole is a therapist and director at The Creative Therapy Center. The Ross’ have become a great asset to the Thunder Road campaign holding fundraisers and helping promote wherever they can. I was fortunate enough to meet the lovely Robin Hefner who created the site Hico’s Hero and wanted to help support the campaign as her son was killed in action and knows many veterans who suffer from PTSD.
Though I was apprehensive about going to this convention in the beginning, TVDDallas was a wonderful surprise and will always be one of my favorite conventions.