American Harmony set to Croon for Waterfront Film Fest Crowds

American Harmony has been named an official selection of the 2009 Waterfront Film Festival–which will run June 11th thru 14th in Saugatuck, Michigan.

Saugatuck is known as “The Arts Coast of Michigan” and the festival itself has been called one of the top ten film festival vacations (filmthreat.com) so if you haven’t planned your summer getaway yet be sure to visit http://www.waterfronfilm.org for more information.

A big thanks goes out to everyone at the festival. We are thrilled to be a part of this year’s screenings and look forward to seeing you in June!

Advertisements

Facebook Page

American Harmony has a facebook page. If you haven’t already, please become a “fan” of the film on facebook. Its another way to reach out to friends, and keep informed about the film release.

American Harmony Reviews

We have gotten some great reviews on the film from the various festivals, including Sedona and Nashville. There is one in the Tennessean Newspaper (Apr 14 2009);

Jett Loe of TheFilmTalk.com said, “My Poster Caption: “It’s this Year’s ‘King of Kong’!” And it is…this look into the incredibly competitive world of ‘professional’ Barbershop Quartet singing, (who knew?), is tense, funny and has…one brilliant scene at the end that gives you hope that humanity will make it.”

Patrick Shweiss, the director of the Sedona International Film Festival said, “Inspiring, entertaining, toe-tapping fun! The audience literally CHEERS during the film! You will be on the edge of your seat rooting for these guys like you would at the Super Bowl. A crowd-pleasing TRIUMPH!”

RaeAnne Marsh of Moving pictures said, “Tied together by the rich harmonics of a cappella barbershop singing, the film presents a heartwarming collage of individual stories of
camaraderie, challenge and achievement.”

MESSAGE FOR LOCAL BHS CHAPTERS

BHS Chapters,

Welcome to the American Harmony blog –  the documentary film about your hobby and society.  Making this film took over three years to complete and countless hours of work. It has been a long but truly amazing journey and one that we will never forget.  The music, brotherhood, and artistry of your organization at large and the thousands of you who we met have inspired us tremendously.  We hope you are as proud of the film as we are.  By releasing this film, we hope to let the rest of the world in on the joys of barbershop harmomy.  With your help, we believe we can expose barbershop to many thousands of people all across North America, and even the world.

Currently, we have around 30 chapters who are pledging enough tickets to allow the film to have at least a one week screening and over 70 chapters who are pledging enough tickets to do a single, double, or weekend screenings.  The more chapters that come on board and the more tickets pledged and sold, the more money the distributor can spend on marketing both locally and nationally.  With broad support from the chapters, we will be able to expose many many thousands of people to barbershop music.

American Harmony is going to begin distribution in theaters across North America in the spring of 2009.  Many of you have already filled out the survey on the bhs website.  If your chapter has not registered and would like to partner with us in bringing the film to your city, please do so by going to http://www.barbershop.org and click on the survey next to the American Harmony logo.

If you have already taken the survey, It would be most helpful if your chapter could identify the following:

1- What city or town is best suited for your chapter and it’s members for the film to premier in?

2-What date (day or week) would you like the film to premier?  (The film will be available for theatrical release beginning at the end of February and concluding theatrically at the end of June.)

3-Are there other chapters in your area?

4-For those chapters who are pledging less than 300 tickets, do you have any inexpensive local venues in mind where we could arrange a screening (the place you practice, a theater you have a connection with, other venue)

Please reply directly to this post by clicking on the “comments link” at the top of this article  (this is immediately under-neath the message heading).  Please include your phone number or email address on your reply so that we can then contact you directly to go over the specifics and answer any questions you may have in detail.

With 109 chapters already on board (and climbing) we have realized that many of your questions are shared by the other chapters.  That is why we have built this blog – this forum is a place for us all to communicate with each other – for you to ask questions, offer suggestions/ideas, read about what other chapters are doing to distribute the film, and hear back from us – the filmmakers and the distributor re: your questions.

Have a question?  Go ahead and respond directly to this message.  Have a suggestion or comment for us or other chapters?  Share it here so that us and other chapters can benefit from your ideas and experience.  This site will help us all communicate, organize, and promote this film and barbershop to the public.

Of course, as always, you are welcome to email us directly at info@tijat.com or call Aengus James directly at 323 932 6311 but we certainly want to encourage you to take advantage of this blog.

Thank you in advance for supporting American Harmony.  Together, we can spread barbershop harmony far and wide.

Welcome to American Harmony the movie Blog

Hello and welcome! We are excited to launch American Harmony the movie blog.

Here you can track the progress of American Harmony, read the latest news, communicate with others, and help bring the film to your community

Information regarding the upcoming theatrical release of American Harmony will be begin being posted soon. An interactive site with all release dates and cities across North America will be posted to this blog on Tuesday Jan. 20th.

Thank you for supporting our film and we look forward to seeing you at the theater!

All Barbershop Chapters please click on the category “BARBERSHOP CHAPTERS” to read posts and access the forum designed for you!

-American Harmony team

Abramorama to distribute American Harmony

American Harmony will be distributed by Richard Abramowitz of Abramorama. Richard has masterminded the release and distribution of other films with great success, including “The Singing Revolution” and “God Grew Tired of Us.” He has a long history of distributing music documentaries. We are honored to be working with him.

American Harmony is scheduled to be released in theaters across North American beginning spring of 2009.  Please stay tuned for the details.  In the meantime, you can sign up to be the first to receive upcoming screenings at americanharmonythemovie.com and click on the link GET HARMONY.

Richard’s full bio is below:

Richard Abramowitz is President of Abramorama, a consulting firm that serves the film industry in the production, representation, marketing, and distribution of independent films. His recent distribution projects include John Turturro’s ROMANCE & CIGARETTES, starring James Gandolfini, Susan Saranandon and Kate Winslet; THE NINES, a Sundance entry written and directed by John August, and GOD GREW TIRED OF US, winner of the Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, both with Newmarket Films; Tom DiCillo’s DELIRIOUS, also a Sundance competition film; Morgan Spurlock’s SXSW entry WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY?, and THE SINGING REVOLUTION, Jim & Maureen Tusty’s renowned feature detailing the role of folk songs in Estonia’s liberation from the Soviet Union.

Among his Producer Representation projects have been BIG RIG Doug Pray’s SXSW entry about the independent trucking culture; NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD, directed by Jonathan Demme; EVE & THE FIRE HORSE, Special Jury Prize winner in the Dramatic Feature Competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival; KARDIA, winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for films about science and technology at the Hamptons International Film Festival; Sundance Documentary Competition entry THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND; and, Patrick Swayze’s ONE LAST DANCE. His client list includes Warner Strategic Marketing, Neil Young’s Shakey Pictures, Jonathan Demme’s Clinica Estetica, and Newmarket Films.

His recent production credits include ROBERT BLECKER WANTS YOU DEAD (2008, Executive Producer), a documentary about the world’s foremost death penalty advocate; Azazel Jacobs’ AFI Film Festival selection THE GOODTIMESKID (2005, Executive Producer); and ZERO DAY (2003, Executive Producer), Ben Coccio’s chilling and innovative directorial debut.

Mr. Abramowitz was a co-founder of Stratosphere Entertainment, the independent distribution and production company financed by Carl Icahn. Stratosphere’s releases included the 1997 Academy Award Nominee from Russia, THE THIEF; HIDEOUS KINKY, starring two-time Academy Award Nominee Kate Winslet, and the surprise hit, XIU XIU, actress Joan Chen’s directorial debut.

Prior to starting Stratosphere, Mr. Abramowitz was President of Green Valley Films, a motion picture consulting firm whose clients included HBO, Sony Wonder, Cabin Fever Entertainment, International Pictures, Ltd., and Island Pictures.

With a special focus on the marketing and distribution of documentaries, he has been involved with the release of four Academy Award Nominees in the Best Feature Documentary category: 4 LITTLE GIRLS, MANDELA, SOUND AND FURY and THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, as well as numerous other non-fiction films over the past 25 years, including BLINDSIGHT, GO FURTHER, GRASS, METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER; PORN STAR, PUMPING IRON: THE WOMEN and, SUPERSTAR IN A HOUSEDRESS.

As a marketing and distribution executive, Mr. Abramowitz has been responsible for acquiring and releasing some of the most provocative and substantial films during the recent “golden years” of American independent cinema. While President/COO of RKO Pictures Distribution, he handled The Shooting Gallery’s acclaimed first feature, LAWS OF GRAVITY. Prior to that, as a senior executive at Cinecom Entertainment, he distributed John Sayles’ THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET and MATEWAN, Jonathan Demme’s STOP MAKING SENSE and SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA, Tom Stoppard’s ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, and Merchant Ivory’s A ROOM WITH A VIEW, among many, many others.

He is an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, a frequent panelist and juror at film festivals around the world, serves on Advisory Boards to several major film festivals and film centers, and regularly lectures on film and the film industry.

Mr. Abramowitz is a graduate of the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

American Harmony nominated for prestigious IDA award

AMERICAN HARMONY was nominated along with four other films for the Alan Ett award – Best Music Documentary of the year, by the International Documentary Association. The awards ceremony took place Friday, December 5th in Hollywood, and although we did not take home the award it was an honor to be in the company of such great films and filmmakers.