Update on "Dear Zachary"

Here's an update on my friend Kurt's documentary, "Dear Zachary."  Please consider checking it out if you live in New York or Los Angeles.


date      Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 9:32 PM
subject  "Dear Zachary" screening one week in both NY & LA for IDA's DocuWeek

Hi Everyone,

Happy July!  Just wanted y'all know that "Dear Zachary" has been selected to screen as part of DocuWeek, the International Documentary Association's Theatrical Documentary Showcase, a highly selective series that screens documentaries in theaters twice a day for one week in both New York and Los Angeles during the month of August to qualify them for Academy Awards consideration.  From what I understand, DocuWeek had hundreds of entries and only had room for about 18 feature documentaries in its showcase this year, of which "Dear Zachary" is one, so I'm tremendously honored that the film has been selected to be in such distinguished company.

For those of you who live in or near New York and Los Angeles, this will be a great opportunity to finally get to see the film.  (I've been promising my friends here in Los Angeles a screening for a long time -- well, here it is at last...sorry it took 8 months. :)  Screening times and venues are:

In New York
August 8-14, 2008

Screening at:
IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY

Showtimes:  1:25 PM and 6:40 PM daily

General Admission:  $12
IDA members: $9
Seniors: $8
Tickets are/will be available for purchase at the IFC Center Box Office or on line at www.ifccenter.com.
(I will be coming to New York for the weekend, and will be present at several of the screenings, so I hope to see my New York friends while I'm out there. :)

In Los Angeles
August 22-28, 2008

Screening at:
Arclight Hollywood
6360 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA


Friday 8/22 - 5:05 PM, 9:45 PM
Saturday 8/23 - 12:00 PM, 7:20 PM (Q&A follows the 7:20 PM screening)
Sunday 8/24 - 2:30 PM (Q&A to follow this screening), 9:45 PM
Monday 8/25 - 12:00 PM, 4:45 PM
Tuesday 8/26 - 2:35 PM, 7:15 PM
Wednesday 8/27 - 5:05 PM, 9:45 PM
Thursday 8/28 - 12:00 PM, 7:20 PM

Ticket information isn't available just yet for the Los Angeles screenings, as they're still a little ways off, but I'll let you know as soon as they're available for advance purchase.  They have scheduled me to do Q&A at the Saturday 7:20 PM screening and the Sunday 2:30 PM screening, but I'll likely also be there Friday at 9:45 PM and Sunday at 9:45 PM.

And if you're coming out to DocuWeek, there are 17 other feature documentaries playing there that I'm sure are excellent, along with some shorts as well, so do take a moment to check out some of the other films;  a lot of these titles have been playing the same festivals as "Dear Zachary" all year long, I've heard only marvelous things about them and am looking forward to checking them out myself.

We are currently finalizing a deal with a theatrical and DVD distributor for the film, who will likely be giving "Dear Zachary" its own full theatrical release in New York & Los Angeles in October or so.  They'll wait to see how it does theatrically there before deciding whether to expand it to other cities, details to follow when they're public.  Though nothing is set in stone, December is looking likely for its television premiere on MSNBC, and the DVD will likely be out by spring 2009 -- though I'll keep you posted.  In the meantime, they're all keeping me very busy preparing various "deliverables" - different elements of the movie in different formats, etc. that are needed to do a proper release in all the various media/venues.

"Dear Zachary" also has numerous festivals lined up throughout the rest of this year, but as the festivals haven't announced their slates yet, I'm not supposed to say anything just yet...but will let you know as soon as I can.

Hope you're having a great summer!


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