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Wrestling for Jesus Trailer

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Things are moving along in the development of the Wrestling For Jesus documentary project.

I've just finished the trailer (as I head out for vacation.) Check it out and feel free to offer feedback, critique or perhaps encouragement

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Links to our first and second threads on this film. (Should we merge them, perhaps?)

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Nate - the trailer really draws some interest, tension, and conflict (Look forward to seeing the transformation (wink)).

Did you go back and do follow-up interviews and footage? It seems like you have some new footage.

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Peter - sorry for adding to messiness to the board

Thom - we did indeed go back after the proverbial crap hit the fan.

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In anticipation of the completion of the film (just color correction and audio mixing to be done) and a hopeful run in film festivals, I've put together a new trailer.

The goal was to be a little more concise (under 2:00), to be more clear about the conflict, and to incorporate the soundtrack (produced by Charlie Peacock) and the graphic look.

Here's the trailer

(As Peter mentioned, there are too many threads on this film - my apologies. I plan to just use this one so I don't know if it's possible to rename it just to "Wrestling for Jesus")

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Hi, Nate. Great trailer! And excellent blog. As you may know, I've been doing the same with my film, Girlfriend 19, i.e., tracking the progress via blog.

I'm very excited to watch your film when I get the chance. I subscribed to your blog via email too.

As a fellow WordPress user, I've got some ideas for you that I think you may like.

Basically, since you're trailer is done and is so AWESOME!!!, I would create a home PAGE with a brief intro and the trailer. Then I would create a "Blog" page where your blog feeds are posted. So people going to your site will see the trailer on a clean page and the "Blog" page will be a menu item they can click through to, in addition to your About page.

Just an idea. And I love your choice of Template, BTW - great pick. You really are doing a great job! As a filmmaker doing most everything myself, I fully appreciate your efforts.

Please let me know if you have any questions: followmyfilm@gmail.com

-Christopher

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Christopher,

THANKS!

I have been wondering about how to do exactly what you proposed here. In fact I used the current setup as an excuse not to blog as much (I didn't want to loose the top story)

I've set it up now like you've suggested.

Once again, many many thanks

Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

nate

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Nice, Nate! Glad I was helpful.

A couple other options you might have are these:

- Eliminate "Home" as the title on your Home page and leave it blank, so the word "Home" does not appear on your front page. This is simply a stylistic choice for a cleaner looking front page.

- Also, though I'm not sure your template allows this, while editing your "Home" page, look for the "Page Attributes" box and choose Template > Full width. This will eliminate the sidebar on your new Home/Front page. But, again, I'm not sure your template will allow this.

- Finally, since clicking on your header image directs the site to the front page, it's not necessary to have a "Home" link in your menu, which you can change in your Menu Settings. Again, this is simply a stylistic choice.

- Actually, one last thing. I highly recommend a "Contact Page" or form somewhere on your site. Here's the support link. As you can see on my site, I've got the contact form at the bottom of each page in the widgets area. However, you can create a "Contact" page and add that page in your menu!

Peace,

cB

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Thanks again Christopher. I've made some of the changes - as many as my "I need to get sleep" brain will let me.

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For sure - anytime. Blessings to you and your film!!!

cB

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Nate, I just visited your SITE and the cleaner homepage looks fantastic! There is no other choice but to watch the trailer, and that's what you want! Great work!

BTW, not sure if you know, but you can increase the player size too! Did you know that? Look here. You can see how large I made the Vimeo players for my films on my blog HERE.

It looks like for your template you can go as wide as 800 pixels or something....

cB

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It looks like Wrestling For Jesus is going to premier this Spring at the Wisconsin Film Festival so if any of you upper mid-westerners want to make a road trip, I'd love to have you around. Not sure of the actual screening date yet.

I figure if a festival on the campus of one of the better state schools accepts the film, that's at least a step in right direction (although the fact that I'm from Madison might have something to do with it :) ).

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It looks like Wrestling For Jesus is going to premier this Spring at the Wisconsin Film Festival so if any of you upper mid-westerners want to make a road trip, I'd love to have you around. Not sure of the actual screening date yet.

I figure if a festival on the campus of one of the better state schools accepts the film, that's at least a step in right direction (although the fact that I'm from Madison might have something to do with it :) ).

Congratulations! That's wonderful. Hope it comes to LA!

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When you get the date let us know. Will try to make the drive up if it works out. Congratulations.

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Will do Thom - it would be great to connect (finally)

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Looking forward to it.

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So it's official - Wrestling For Jesus will premiere on Saturday April 2nd at 5:45 at the Wisconsin Film Festival. We are following that up with a premiere party which include an art opening consisting of works inspired by the film (I'm rather curious to see what this motley crew of artists will create.) Anyone in the upper midwest (Chicago?) or who might be in the area is welcome to come to the party. There's some other fantastic films playing at the festival which would make the trip easily worthwhile.

I guess one question I have is that now that the film is being released should the conversation move to another thread / forum - one not centered on filmmaking? I don't know if we've had this situation with other films. Any thoughts?

One other thing - I've posted a couple clips from the film on the film's website. An amuse bouche.

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Fantastic. Congratulations. I love the art opening idea in conjunction with the film.

Once again, let me know when its in LA!!!

Christopher

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Christopher - any fests or screening locations you might recommend in LA area?

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Christopher - any fests or screening locations you might recommend in LA area?

Gosh, I really don't know. Unfortunately I'm not too familiar with the festival scene out here. If you were interested in creating your own screening, there are a ton of places in LA that vary in size, style and price. Regarding festivals, I'm just not sure, especially with the strong religious nature of your film, though secular fests may really be into that - who knows?

It's ironic, but we really don't have really cool fests here in LA. The LA fest is the most reputable, which is in the summer.

Personally, I feel like your film could be embraced by large churches out here, who might want you to screen it as a special event for their congregation. But then again, that might be true at any large church in any town....

cB

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Christopher - any fests or screening locations you might recommend in LA area?

Gosh, I really don't know. Unfortunately I'm not too familiar with the festival scene out here. If you were interested in creating your own screening, there are a ton of places in LA that vary in size, style and price. Regarding festivals, I'm just not sure, especially with the strong religious nature of your film, though secular fests may really be into that - who knows?

It's ironic, but we really don't have really cool fests here in LA. The LA fest is the most reputable, which is in the summer.

Personally, I feel like your film could be embraced by large churches out here, who might want you to screen it as a special event for their congregation. But then again, that might be true at any large church in any town....

cB

Curiously both places it's been accepted (Wi Film Fest and Indie Grits) are both in smallish towns with prominent secular public universities so I'm not entirely sure that the film audience is limited to religious audiences (although I am developing a strategy to reach those audiences).

I guess the great thing about doing a film festival run is it allows you to test your film with different audiences and see how they respond. You can then develop a larger distribution strategy based on that.

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Christopher - any fests or screening locations you might recommend in LA area?

I don't know what their deadlines are, but there is Silverdocs in the Washington area.

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I don't know what their deadlines are, but there is Silverdocs in the Washington area.

Silverdocs was one of the first I applied to. Haven't heard yet.

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We had this nice little write up in the Onion's AVClub (the Madison version).

Looking forward to next week and the premiere.

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That is a nice write-up. Very positive.

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